Dear friends,

I’ve been studying yoga’s effects on osteopenia and osteoporosis for eight years, using B.K.S. Iyengar’s techniques and DEXA scans to measure bone mineral density every two years. It definitely works, slowing down, stopping or reversing bone loss in more than 80% of women and men who spend 12 minutes a day doing yoga. When Ellen Saltonstall and I wrote our book Yoga for Osteoporosis we suspected as much, but now the case seems quite strong.

Ellen and I are delighted to present to you this 6-module online course on Yoga for Osteoporosis – Teaching and Practice.

Still, the most interesting part of the study, to my mind, has been the effect on the participants. Earlier today I heard from a judge in Mississippi who related her latest DEXA scores and then spontaneously exclaimed that she “feels so good” after beginning yoga. I remind everyone interested that the problem with osteoporosis is that it can lead to fractures. But in order to fracture a bone one must have either poor posture, or fall. Now yoga, in addition to building bone, improves just about anyone’s posture, and also enhances balance, raises strength, broadens range of motion and increases coordination- mitigating against all the causes of fracture.

There is more. Recently we have been working with other researchers at NYU and the University of Pennsylvania to estimate bone quality, the inner organization of bones to resist fracture. This is really at the edge of what is known, and the conclusions are somewhat tentative. Still, the early data suggests that the people doing yoga have higher bone quality than those that do not. Numerical values will be available later, and then we’ll test the volunteers again in 2 years.

All in all, it appears that yoga may offer advantages over and above other forms of bone building activities.

Ellen and I sincerely hope you will be able to join us and learn more about how you can help prevent osteoporotic fractures, and also take greater charge of your health and well-being.

Very truly yours,

Loren Fishman, M.D. B.Phil.,(oxon.)

Yoga for Osteoporosis Teaching and Practice

Ground breaking online course with
Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall

Join Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall for an online course on how and why osteoporosis develops and the best ways to prevent it. Dr. Fishman will offer an overview of his ongoing research on yoga for osteoporosis, and key factors to be aware of to best prevent fractures. Topics include:

  • Common osteoporosis drugs that you may want to avoid
  • How yoga affects osteoporosis and which are the best ways to practice yoga to stimulate bone growth
  • Why convential exercise approaches fall short and what yoga has to offer to counteract thinning bones
  • How to interpret DEXA scan numbers and the limitations of current diagnostic approaches
  • What yoga teachers need to know when teaching yoga for osteoporosis to aging boomers
  • Key precautions for practicing yoga for osteoporosis and any other type of exercise
  • The essential movements you must do every single day to keep the bones of the spine strong

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Clinical Study

Sciatica and Buttock Pain
Randomized, Controlled, Double-Blinded

Qualified patients may receive free botulinum injections and 12 sessions of physical therapy without cost. Qualified patients with buttock pain and/or sciatica for whom the reasonable cause of these complaints is the piriformis muscle will be given either botulinum toxin or placebo. Interested parties should call (212) 472-0077 or fill out the forms below and send them to or mail them to Loren M. Fishman, MD, 1009 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10028.

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Yoga Causes Surprising Number of Injuries - ABC NEWS
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Dr. Loren Fishman: Yoga for Low Back Pain - Secrets to Safely Relieving and Preventing Back Pain

Creating a Safe Yoga Practice - Keys to Preventing and Healing Shoulder Injuries with Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall

Sciatica – pain, weakness, numbness, and other discomfort along the path of the sciatic nerve – often accompanies low back pain, which afflicts every adult from time to time, costing billions of dollars in healthcare and more lost days of work than anything but the common cold. Low back pain and sciatica can baffle physicians and other medical professionals, arising without warning and continuing for long periods of time.

Sciatica is a symptom of a problem at some point along the sciatic nerve rather than an ailment in and of itself. A herniated disc in the back, spinal stenosis and piriformis syndrome are medical disorders that can cause sciatica. Individuals who have sciatica are often crippled by it, and are driven to seek relief from conventional medical treatment, alternative therapies, and "miracle" cures.

Our aim is to promote understanding for healthcare professionals and for the general public by providing access to basic scientific and practical information which may help with diagnostic and treatment decisions involving sciatica. We also perform research studies to learn more about diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this ubiquitous condition.

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