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New e-book - Piriformis Syndrome

My new e-book “Piriformis Syndrome” with the anatomy, pathology, conventional and yoga-treatment is available - CLICK HERE

Upcoming Events

Announcing Updates to Upcoming Workshops - June and July

Please join me for online for my Yoga for Osteoporosis webinar.  We will be going over the science, my personal research, and the practice associated with increasing bone density.

I will also be at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY for my Yoga for Healthy Joints workshop.  In this fun weekend upstate, we will understand the process of how arthritis affects various joints in the body and what postures can be used to keep these joints healthy.

Have a great summer!


Yoga for Healthy Joints

Omega Institute - July 10th - 12th
With Terry Roth Schaff & Caryna Wong

Find Out:

  • Understand how yoga can hurt the joints and troubleshoot asanas that can cause problems
  • Analyze and practice poses that help different joints
  • Adapt poses for specific joint conditions
  • Use yoga to reduce pain and swelling in our joints, and regain lost height
  • Increase our range of motion and move with more comfort and balance

Focusing on arthritis and allied conditions, frozen shoulder, sprained ankle, and facet syndrome, we see that gentle, regular exercise like yoga can help to keep the joints healthy, decrease pain, and improve endurance. Problem cases are welcome.

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Prevent & Reverse Osteoporosis with Yoga

Online - July 14th 5PM EDT / 8PM PST

With Cypress Dubin

Join Loren Fishman M.D. and Cypress Dubin 500RYT for a one-hour webinar on the prevention and reversal of osteoporosis through Yoga, July 14th 5P EDT/8P PDT.  We'll start with a brief look at the latest research and study results, it's rational technique with statistically significant benefits on bone health. Gain insights into the powerful concepts and results underlying the latest eight-year study showing dramatic improvements in spine, hip and femur through 12 yoga postures - with over 90,000 hours of people practicing these poses there have been no serious injuries or fractures.  Then we'll dive into the Main Attraction: a focus on key poses with more ease, alignment, and modifications to suit different levels of practice - and the different levels of bone strength.  Learn to make your practice safe, effective, and enjoyable from the comfort of your own home. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary!  Advanced practitioners, PT's, Nurses, MD's, yoga teachers and therapists will also discover a wealth of information on bone health and a safe, effective application of yoga for osteoporosis.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Discover how yoga works to prevent and reverse Osteopenia and Osteoporosis.  
  • Cultivate tools to support your home practice and teaching practice.
  • Learn how to do key poses with better alignment and ease!  We'll teach and demonstrate poses that support your bone health - safely and effectively.
  • Extend your practice by expanding these methods with a new teaching on the wrist. 
  • Receive access to view the webinar afterward at your convenience if you can't make live session.  Or, review the material to deepen your understanding and practice. 
  • Learn to make your practice safe, effective, and pleasurable from the comfort of your own home.

Join us for our upcoming webinar on bone health, preventing and reversing Osteoporosis July 14th 5P EDT/8P PDT.  

SIGN UP for the Webinar with this simple TWO-STEP process 

REGISTER at GotoWebinar

PAY HERE for Access

After Registration and Payment, you'll receive an email with link to join us for live webinar. 


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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7 Health Benefits of Yoga for Guys
The word yoga may conjure up images of super-limber women in leggings twisting their bodies into impossible poses. But stereotypes aside, yoga offers a variety of health benefits for men as well as women. Loren M. Fishman, MD, medical director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and an assistant clinical professor at Columbia Medical School, studied yoga in India, has written about it as a valuable addition to traditional medical treatment, and uses it in his rehabilitation practice to help with neurological and musculoskeletal problems.

Peer Reviewed: Very Short-Term Practice of a Simple Yoga Pose Reduces Adolescent Scoliosis By Almost Half
Newswise — A basic yoga pose, done for an average of only 1.5 minutes a day, six days a week for two months, reduced idiopathic scoliosis curves for adolescent and adult patients an average of 32% in the first peer-reviewed published clinical trial studying yoga for the reduction of scoliosis curves.

Yoga Causes Surprising Number of Injuries - ABC NEWS
World News with Diane Sawyer reporter, Lindsey Davis interviews Dr. Loren Fishman and our yoga therapist Cathy Lilly.

Dr. Fishman's audio tapes on yoga treatment for rotator cuff and for osteoporosis/osteopenia - NOW AVAILABLE:

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.

We hope this site is helpful. It is for your information, but is not intended to replace a physician's examination and subsequent advice. Please consult a physician before embarking on any course of diagnosis or treatment.