Is Your Yoga and/or Pilates Teacher An Expert?

Posted by on May 14, 2011 in Super Human Yoga & Pilates, Yoga and Pilates | 1 comment

Is Your Yoga and/or Pilates Teacher An Expert?

Often in conversation, when I try to make patients aware of a safer standard of practice, they immediately say their instructor is very knowledgeable and already adheres to a strict safety guideline.

Many yoga and Pilates practitioners respect and admire their teachers so much that they blindly follow their advice without knowing what really qualifies someone as an expert.

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Yoga Injuries

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Super Human Yoga & Pilates, Yoga and Pilates | 0 comments

Yoga Injuries

The following statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission only represent a small percentage of people reporting being injured as a result of performing yoga and seeking hospital emergency room care: Year 2004: 3700 people reported injuries Year 2005: 5000 people reported injuries Year 2006:  4500 people reported injuries Year 2007:  5500 reported injuries Since these numbers merely represent 100 hospitals nationwide, and not everyone injured in a yoga class necessarily visits a hospital, real numbers are likely much higher. For more information about the painful truth behind...

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Traditional Yoga and Pilates Practices

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Super Human Yoga & Pilates, Yoga and Pilates | 0 comments

Traditional Yoga and Pilates Practices

Teachers of yoga and Pilates often emphasize a strong adherence to tradition. But every health and wellness practice (medicine, nutrition, dentistry, chiropractic, podiatry etc.) does – or at least should – undergo perennial scrutiny via scientific analysis to insure optimum safety and effectiveness. As two popular and powerful health-promoting practices, why is it that both yoga and Pilates have somehow escaped the valid system of checks and balances their followers so deserve? I welcome your comments and observations!

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Chronic Low Back Pain

Posted by on Apr 12, 2011 in Super Human Yoga & Pilates, Yoga and Pilates | 0 comments

Chronic Low Back Pain

One of my patients, a longtime yoga instructor, came to see me suffering from constant low back pain. I asked her what brought on her condition, and she replied it was probably due to the long periods she spent sitting (lotus position) while observing her class. I posed a question to her: Since most of us are forced to sit all day, although we understand that doing so it is not beneficial to our backs, then why would you do more of it — in an even more compromised sitting position – and expect a different result?   She got the point. After a thorough biomechanical evaluation, we...

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Repetitive Stress Disorders

Posted by on Apr 2, 2011 in Super Human Yoga & Pilates, Yoga and Pilates | 0 comments

Repetitive Stress Disorders

The term repetitive abnormal motion is most commonly referred to as a repetitive stress disorder. It sometimes takes years of micro-trauma or stress to develop the pain and symptoms of a repetitive stress disorder. Some of the most common ones include shoulder impingement syndrome, tennis/golfer’s elbow,heel spurs, premature degenerative arthritis, tendonitis, spinal disc disorders, and carpal tunnel syndrome. These are usually byproducts of other activities, and often come as a surprise. Who would have ever thought at the time of the computer revolution that it would launch an epidemic of...

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Super Human Yoga and Pilates

Posted by on Mar 7, 2011 in Super Human Tennis, Super Human Yoga & Pilates, Yoga and Pilates | 0 comments

Super Human Yoga and Pilates

However grudgingly, Americans are gradually coming to accept the fact that robust health requires us to be proactive. In our quest for a longer and healthier life, we brush and floss our teeth, eat organic foods, take vitamins and nutrients, and of course exercise. We are aware that regular checkups by health professionals provide essential feedback, allowing us to understand what we are doing right and where it would be wise to change our behavior. We have conditioned ourselves to see our dentist every six months, and to schedule an annual appointment with our family physician or internist...

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