Yoga instructor leads students to a healthy, balanced life

We are so proud to feature Healing Moves member Lisa Everett-Bridgewater.  Lisa’s warm and caring personality, along with her extensive expertise in rehabilitative exercise, provides clients with the nurturing environment needed to restore and maintain health.  After Lisa’s yoga classes you will always hear remarks such as, “I feel so much better.” “Lisa is like a breath of fresh air.”

Lisa has always had a passion to help others live a full and productive life, focusing on the healing power of movement.  Lisa has been a licensed physical therapist since 1981, working with clients at all stages of life, in a variety of rehabilitation settings. (more…)

7 Ways to Ease Into Yoga

Have you resolved to exercise and get healthier in the new year? Health and medical experts say you might want to try yoga.

In fact, a 2008 Harris poll of a cross section of 5,000 Americans found that 6.1 percent — which would translate to nearly 14 million adults — say their doctor or therapist recommended yoga to them.

Yoga is an ancient healing practice that has become increasingly popular in our modern, stressful world as a powerful way to stretch and strengthen the body, relax and calm the mind, enhance energy and lift the spirit. Doctors often recommend yoga to people over 50 because it can help lower blood pressure, ease pain and improve balance. But people stick with the ancient practice because they find it improves their mood, reduces stress and, simply put, makes them happier.

Unfortunately, many yoga instructors are not trained to adapt the practice to older bodies. And America’s booming interest in yoga has lead to an increase in classes that are called yoga, but are actually “yoga-flavored” exercise classes taught by instructors whose yoga training may be limited to a weekend workshop.

Unless a yoga teacher creates a safe class designed for older adults, this practice meant to heal may cause harm. To safely reap the many benefits of yoga, it’s important to understand these seven essential yoga facts: (more…)

Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain

 
The Healing Moves Foundation advisory board member Carol Krucoff, E-RYT has done it again!  Her new book, “Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain” will help countless readers cope with the consequences of living in this digital age.  Everyday activities like using the computer, driving, texting, and even relaxing with a good book tend to round our bodies forward, creating pain and tension in the neck and shoulders.  This wonderful book features simple yoga-based neck and shoulder exercises readers can do at work or at home to release muscle tension and relax when they begin to feel pain. (more…)

Bad Karma: How Yoga Can Lead to Serious Injury

Bad Karma: How Yoga Can Lead to Serious Injury

Sloppy teaching and overly competitive students are giving yoga lovers serious and scary injuries.

I remember only one pose from my first yoga class seven years ago: a modified seated forward bend known in Sanskrit as Paschimottanasana. I sat on a mat with my legs slightly bent in front of me, my arms wrapped beneath my thighs as my forehead reached toward my toes. It was about an hour into class, and my body felt like a stuck door slowly easing open.

A warm current of something—call it blood, call it chi—coursed from shoulder to shoulder. I felt the muscles unfurling from my spine; then, in the other direction, the vertebrae unsticking from each other—click, click, click. It was a sensation of freedom and release I remember as vividly as the first time my husband touched me. This was how I was supposed to feel.
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