Advice on Practicing Yoga in Middle Age

yoga-middle-age-for-webMore than 100 New York Times readers submitted questions about aging and yoga to Dr. Loren Fishman, a back-pain and rehabilitative medicine specialist who has long incorporated yoga into patient care. In 1972, before applying to medical school, he studied yoga with B.K.S. Iyengar for a year in Pune, India. Dr. Fishman is medical director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City, an assistant clinical professor at Columbia Medical School and an associate editor of the journal Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. He is also an author of eight books, including “Yoga for Osteoporosis: the Complete Guide.”

“…there are things you may need to give up in your yoga practice as you get older. People age differently, and yet there are characteristic aspects to aging.”

“As my fellow yoga devotee Leslie Kaminoff has rightly noted, this avoidance of forward bending too can be carried to phobic extremes: good posture and sensible bending and lifting is an antidote to osteoporotic fractures…”

For the full story: New Times Article – Practicing Yoga in Middle Age, Part 2