Yoga for Bone Health
Yoga for Bone Health is a targeted practice developed by Dr. Loren Fishman, MD. for maintaining a healthy skeleton, strengthening posture and improving balance. This unique set of 12 poses was practiced by individuals with Osteoporosis in a specialized study. Upon completion, data showed that consistent practice reversed the effects of osteoporosis/osteopenia in the spine and hips. Dr. Fishman's research was featured in the New York Times, drawing public awareness to potential application of yoga to bone conditions. To date, Dr. Fishman continues to train yoga instructors in his specialized method, as well as study additional postures and conduct long term studies.
Students are taught Dr. Fishman’s Yoga for Bone Health method, so that they can begin to establish a consistent home practice.
Strengthen Spine/Hips: Specific attention is given to the spine and hips, as these are fracture risk areas
Increase Range of Motion: Yoga postures are broken down, so that students can work on gaining strength, flexibility, and balance to improve proprioception
Improve Circulation: Simple breath work is incorporated to teach proper hold times and calm the nervous system
Explore Relevant Concepts:
Osteoclast vs. osteoblast process
Healthy aging process
Linking breath to movement
Bone reaction to stress
Fundamentals of good posture
Contra-indications for osteoporotic skeleton
Masha Leuner holds a B.A./M.A. from Brandeis University, and M.B.A. from NYU Stern School of Business. She was a career driven marketer in New York City area for years. In 2013, Masha became the product manager on a calcium supplement Citracal. This was her first introduction to Bone Health and the importance of maintaining a strong skeleton. With her talented team, Masha developed and launched a groundbreaking Beauty is Bone Deep campaign, aimed at bringing awareness to bone health. This work was so unique, it was featured on oprah.com! It was during this time, while conducting market research, that Masha began to gain first hand knowledge of the specific needs of women concerned with bone health. It was then, she ran across the NYT article on Dr. Fishman’s revolutionary work.
A long time yoga practitioner, Masha always harbored a secret hope that someday she would live her practice. In 2015, after the birth of her second child, she decided to make it into reality. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training from New School of Yogic Arts at Coolidge Corner Yoga in Brookline, MA. Since then, Masha has been teaching Vinyasa and Yoga for Bone Health classes in the Boston area. In 2017, she began her advanced studies in Yoga for Osteoporosis with Dr. Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall. Masha is excited to bring this knowledge to the Boston community as one of the first registered Yoga for Osteoporosis teachers in Massachussetts.
Masha teaches all levels, regardless of ability, age or medical condition.
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