Yoga: More Than Just A Stretch

//Yoga: More Than Just A Stretch

Yoga: More Than Just A Stretch

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Q: How is yoga different from stretching or other kinds of fitness? Why does yoga pay particular attention to the spine?

LilienfieldDr. Lisa: Yoga is more than just movement. It is a complex philosophy that has been around for thousands of years, and involves breathing and meditation.

Yoga & Spinal Movement

One of yoga’s emphasis is on spinal movement. The spine has seven motions (flexion, extension, rotation, side bend to each side and axial extension which is lengthening). Any yoga posture therefore involves one or more of these motions. By the way, a recent study by Dr Loren Fishman, showed 12 yoga poses per day can reverse osteoporosis in the spine and hip.

Q: Is there a particular type of yoga that is best suited for beginners?

Dr. Lisa: What I would advise if going to a yoga studio is to speak with the teacher ahead of time to let them know that you are a beginner. There are many customizations that can be utilized in most any yoga class. If you have any injuries, I would recommend consulting with your doctor.

 


 

This Q&A was part of our Live chat with Dr. Lilienfield
on Facebook in January, 2016!

Dr. Lisa, here is a question that was sent in via email earlier this week about yoga: How is yoga different from stretching or other kinds of fitness? Why does yoga pay particular attention to the spine?

Posted by Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine on Thursday, January 21, 2016

 

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About the Author:

Lisa Lilienfield, MD
Lisa Lilienfield, M.D. is board-certified in family medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Lilienfield practices Acupuncture and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and has developed an expertise in both Women’s Health and Sports Medicine. Dr. Lilienfield also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine’s Department of Community and Family Medicine. To read Dr. Lilienfield’s complete bio, click here