Meeting Archive:
Modifying yoga for people with osteoporosis

Meeting Description:
Learn from a physical therapist how to adapt traditional yoga postures to make them safe and effective for biomechanical alignment and bone health. Gain background by reviewing  a portion of the history, purpose and physical benefits of yoga along with lessons from research for selecting effective exercises for bone health. Then, see how to adapt the Sun Salutation Series, standing poses and floor poses found in most yoga traditions for people with osteoporosis or osteopenia (low bone density). By practicing the ideal asanas and avoiding risky asanas, you can perform yoga positions that can prevent fractures, avoid injuries, decrease pain, and improve posture, strength, balance and bone density.
You will learn how to:

·      select yoga poses and postures that are safe and effective for older adults with osteoporosis and osteopenia,


·      avoid yoga poses and postures that are contraindicated or risky for older adults with excessive thoracic kyphosis (rounded upper back or Dowager’s hump),


·      immediately apply simple techniques and tips for optimal posture, and


·      implement simple fracture prevention tips into everyday life.


 Who will benefit:


·     Pilates and Yoga teacher

·     Personal trainers

·     Group-exercise instructors

·     Physical therapists

·     People interested in safe exercise for bone health


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Date: Wed, Aug 13, 2014
Time: 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Pat Ryan
 Presenter Information
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Sherri Betz, PT
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Sherri Betz, PT, has been a physical therapist since 1991. Betz is a Geriatric Certified Specialist, PMA® Certified Pilates teacher, and director of TheraPilates® Physical Therapy Clinic. Ms. Betz has served on the Board of Directors and several committees: American Bone Health, FORE (Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education) Professional Education Committee, NOF (National Osteoporosis Foundation) Exercise and Rehabilitation Advisory Council and as the Chair of the APTA Geriatric Section’s Bone Health Special Interest Group.
Sherri is passionately devoted to improving awareness about geriatric exercise, bone health and Pilates-based rehabilitation through development of professional and consumer education as well as through promotion of low-cost community exercise programs for fit and frail older adults.