This Month’s Theme: Strength in Yoga and How to Eat for Strength

Jun 22, 2022 | Upward Facing Dog

One inspiring cue:

While in your Upward-Facing Dog, dial your hands open as you isometrically drag them towards the back of your mat. 

Why?
This action helps to open the chest and engage your posterior chain muscles. I love this cue for Cobra pose too!! Definitely experiment with this one!

One inspiring tip:

If you feel pressure in your low back while in Updog, try hugging your inner ankles towards one another. You can also try placing a block between your ankles and squeeze it gently to find more space in the low back.

One inspiring song:

“Watching the Wheels” by Chris Cornell

One inspiring quote:

“Instead of bracing yourself for the perils of the unknown, embrace the joy that is here in the present moment.”
– Michelle Cruz Rosado

Nutrition nugget:

Facts!
Osteoporosis facts from Dr. James Webb, M.D.

  • Osteoporosis is commonly called a “silent disease.” If you have osteoporosis, you cannot actually feel your bones weakening.
  • Approximately 50% of all women and 25% of all men over the age of fifty will suffer bone loss.
  • There are many risk factors for osteoporosis – some you can control and some you can’t.
  • Taking more calcium than you need does not provide any extra benefits.
  • You can help children now reduce their risk of osteoporosis as adults.
  • Losing height is a potential sign of osteoporosis.
  • Peak bone density happens around the age of thirty for most people.
  • Certain autoimmune disorders, digestive/gastrointestinal disorders increase the likelihood of osteoporosis.
  • Despite previous health history and genetic causes, osteoporosis is largely preventable.
  • Spinal damage due to osteoporosis is also quite common and extremely painful.
  • In older adults, the mortality rate in the first year after a hip fracture is as high as 24%.
  • Many people who experience back pain are actually suffering from a fracture without knowing it.