Yes, it’s been forever since my last post. I haven’t moved away or disappeared or fallen into a sink hole, just got very busy and very distracted. Now that I’m in graduate school (something that’s been a goal for many years now), most of my waking hours, when not working with clients or teaching or carpooling kids to school, are spent head-down in the books. I’m very fortunate and blessed and excited to be in the very first class offered by the Maryland University of Integrative Health for a Masters of Science degree in Yoga Therapy. Along with 24 other amazing and talented yoga teachers, I’m learning the integration of both Eastern wisdom and healing, and Western medicine, to create a truly holistic, comprehensive approach to health and well-being. I’ll be sure to write more (and more often!) as the year moves along.
In the meantime, I’m offering a workshop this month in Fredericksburg, VA on ways to prevent or minimize osteoporosis and osteopenia. This workshop will be part education, part experiential. You’ll learn what a DEXA scan is and what it measures, at what age you become at risk (you’ll be shocked!), what the limitations of current medications are, and of course, yoga poses that can help build bone density and strengthen muscles that support healthy joints. Yoga teachers are eligible for Yoga Alliance continuing education credits, too!
If you live in the area, I’d love to see you there! If you don’t, then make sure you get outside (Vitamin D helps build healthy bone) and walk (low-impact is good). But make sure that you spend time stretching afterwards in order to keep those joints open and lubricated. Yoga poses that are great for this are Kapotasana (pigeon), Paschimottanasana (forward fold), Danurasana (bow), Upavista Konasana (wide-legged stretch), and supine twist.