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Yoga for Osteoporosis Class

Every Other Tuesday

133 East 58th Street

Suite 811-812

Next time: September 12: 5:30 PM

Dr. Fishman teaches a small class for people wishing to build their bone mineral density through yoga.  We use Dr. Fishman’s Method, which was found to actually increase bone mineral density in an 8-year 741 patient study (243 completing the entire 2-year protocol) that was published in a peer-reviewed journal recently:


Qualified patients with other diagnoses may be accepted.

For reservations and more information, call (212) 472-0077


Webinar at YogaUonline:

Yoga for Arthritis Prevention: Healthy Hips

Time TBA

Osteoarthritis affects 30 million adults in the USA, causing pain, severely restricted essential activities such as walking and other movement, and fear of exercise.

Ironically, while arthritis tends to limit movement, movement is also the best antidote against arthritis –if it’s the right type of movement. If yoga does anything, it coordinates and stretches, the very antithesis of the limitations that arthritis brings.

While many sports and aerobic workouts may be damaging to arthritic joints, yoga provides the most beneficial kind of movement, with low impact and high range of motion. Arthritic joints have cartilage damage from a number of causes, yet mindful, careful movement is the best remedy for almost all of them.

In this course, Loren Fishman, MD, and yoga therapist Ellen Saltonstall offer guidelines for a safe and healing yoga practice for any stage of arthritis. This is the first course in a series of courses on arthritis addressing the different joints of the body.

In this course, the focus is on keeping the hips healthy, with anatomical details and sequences of poses using props such as walls, chairs and blocks to retain mobility in the hip and reduce wear and tear. Also general advice on how to minimize the risk factors for arthritis, and amplify your natural strengths that resist it.

You will learn how yoga induces some of the body’s powerful natural anti-inflammatory substances and enhances the body’s natural means of repairing and rejuvenating tissues affected by arthritic processes.Yoga both reduces the incidence and severity of arthritis and heals some of its most distressing effects.

Dr. Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall show how to structure a practice for those who already have arthritis and do yoga along with appropriate cautions. You will also learn movement and yoga poses that can help prevent arthritis, whether new to yoga or not.  This course will be valuable for those who wish to help prevent arthritis or slow its progression, as well s for yoga teachers who will do all they can to preserve the good health of those without it.

What You Will Learn

  • The anatomical structure of the hips, and why the hips have both tremendous strength and vulnerability in yoga
  • How the structure translates into movement in walking, sitting, lying down, and in yoga
  • The warning signs of the early stages of arthritis
  • Ways you can minimize the stresses that initiate and perpetuate arthritis
  • The role of fascia in osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis http://www.the-rheumatologist.org/article/what-role-does-fascia-play-in-rheumatic-diseases/
  • Best yogic practices for prevention of arthritis
  • How yoga works to minimize hip arthritis, and maximize function when arthritis is already there
  • Best yoga poses to practice and which poses to avoid
  • How to offer alternatives for students in a mixed class
  • The warning signs when arthritis begins

Saturday October 14 – Sunday, October 15:

Workshop at Pure Yoga

New York City

Saturday October 14 : 11:00 – 1:00  PM Scoliosis

Saturday October 14: 3:00 – 6:00 PM Low Back Pain

Sunday, October 15:  3:00 – 6:00  PM Shoulder Pain

With Dana Slamp and Gabriella Barnstone- RYT

Dr. Fishman and Dana Slamp will give the anatomy, pathology, and relevant yoga for these conditions.  The three of them, Dana Slamp, Gabriella Barnstone, who’s worked and created with Dr. Fishman for years, and Dr Fishman, will teach the clinical parts together.  The early Saturday session will cover what Dr. Fishman’s research papers have shown:  How simple adaptations of two yoga poses can reverse scoliosis in young people and the degenerative scoliosis that is seen later in life. The later Saturday session will separate out the seven major causes of back pain. Yoga is now the preferred method of treatment for back pain. Dr. Fishman has found and exhaustively tested yoga’s efficacy in each of them, often with Gabriella’s help. He has also found a simple yoga treatment that alleviates the pain and normalizes range of motion following rotator cuff and similar injuries for the shoulder, and now successfully treated well over 1,000 patients with these shoulder injuries. That will be the focus of the Sunday session.


Dr. Fishman has used yoga to ameliorate these different conditions for decades, on literally thousands of patients, and will share his experience.  At the same time Dana Slamp and Gabriella Barnstone will use their skill and resourcefulness to implement them.  Both have studied and taught yoga successfully for many years, leaving a trail of grateful students throughout the Northeast. Dr. Fishman’s research on the benefits of yoga for scoliosis, lower back pain and shoulder conditions has been the subject of articles in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and numerous other media.

Good preparatory reading includes Dr. Fishman’s recent Healing Yoga (W.W. Norton) which has chapters on scoliosis, lower back pain and shoulder problems.


Monday, October 23 – Friday, October 27

Certification Course in the Treatment of Lower Back Pain

Kripalu Yoga Institute

Lenox, MA

With Caryna Wong – RYT

Caryna Wong and Dr. Fishman  focus on lower back pain over the week.   We will go over the seven basic types of back pain and sciatica, how to recognize them, and how to use yoga to benefit those who suffer from them. Between the two of us, we have over 50 years of experience in treating the disorders that cause back pain with yoga, and have been aided by all the insights and advantages of contemporary medical science.  MRI, EMG, and surgery have helped Dr. Fishman and Caryna understand the nature of back pain, and what underlies its chronicity.

Often the biggest problem is starting out people with pain and misgivings along the path to yogic painlessness. Caryna’s genius is knowing where and how to meaningfully and beneficially propel beginners from their first yoga-like remedial pose through to a skillful (and helpful) version of the many poses that are valuable in different types of back pain.

Those taking this course are likely to put on some of the wisdom that has come from treating well over 50,000 patients, and determining what works with whom. Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide and the most common medical reason for taking up yoga.  Loren Fishman, MD, lifelong yogi who studied in India with BKS Iyengar, and his colleague, Caryna Wong, outline powerful, safe yogic methods for relieving lower back pain in yourself and/or in your students during this hands-on week-long workshop. Though the modality is yoga, Dr. Fishman’s methods are rooted in physiology and anatomy so that people suffering from lower back pain can heal themselves, with the lowest risk of harm.

Students will learn to interview and observe their clients to determine which of the seven most common causes of lower back pain and sciatica they have. The core of the course are the asana that relieve these conditions, and those that should be avoided. Participants will be empowered to identify causes of back pain and sciatica, and to give the appropriate asana in most cases. The program will be 50% didactic and 50% experiential.

Poses will be modified for the skill, experience and limitations of all course participants. Those people interested in certification will learn to teach the poses to veteran yoga practitioners and new-comers alike.

 A curriculum for subsequent teaching will be provided, along with a study manual.  To obtain certification, there will be a written and practical exam in the final hours of the workshop.

Certified people will appear on the website “sciatica.org” with their emails and phone numbers if desired.  Certification also requires 200-hour teacher certification, and 5 years of teaching experience.  Those who pass the tests and lack the 5 years’ experience will be put up on this website sciatica.org as “Registered,” and will be certified automatically when they have 5 years’ experience.

Graduates of the course will also have the option of playing an active part in Dr. Fishman’s future studies in lower back pain and sciatica.



Friday October 27 – Sunday October 29:

Weekend Workshop for Lower Back Pain

Kripalu Institute, Lenox, MA

With Terry Roth Schaff – Certified IAYT Yoga Therapist, E-RYT

With his long time co-therapist Terry Roth Schaff, Dr. Fishman will review the seven major causes of lower back pain, how to identify them, and how to benefit people that suffer from them.  This is not a certification course, but is meant to offer the proper yoga to people that have lower back pain and to those who wish to relieve it with yoga.  In literally thousands of cases,  we have found yoga to be an effective and pleasurable way to relieve lower back pain and to prevent its recurrence.  Some of the knowledge is theoretical, but a good deal of it is practical, and requires individual attention, sensitivity, and perseverance on the part of the practitioner. The aim of this course is to help everyone: teachers and students and sufferers alike.



Friday January 19 – Sunday, January 21, 2018

Yoga for Osteoporosis:  For students and teachers

Kripalu Yoga Institute

Lenox, MA

With Terry Roth Schaff – Certified IAYT Yoga Therapist, E-RYT

This 8 1/2 hour workshop will teach Dr. Fishman’s Method, the 12 – pose sequence of Iyengar-style poses that have been shown to raise bone mineral density in healthy people, and reverse osteoporosis and osteopenia in more than 80% of the people who adhere to doing the poses daily. There are three forms to every pose: a beginning version, an intermediate version, and the classical pose.  The course is intended to engage people who have no yoga experience as well as yoga practitioners to learn the poses at a suitable degree of challenge and work forward from there. For some, even the beginner level pose is too advanced;  Terry and Loren specialize in analyzing the postures and helping people start at even more fundamental places, working up from two or three preliminary exercises for a week or two, and then embarking on the beginner pose.  

Terry and Loren:  “We love the work.  Teaching beginners to begin and  advanced pupils to get down to fundamentals is very rewarding.  To us, there is no one so advanced that they cannot benefit from returning to the basics, and no one so naive that they cannot understand how to advance.”

Contact Kripalu Yoga Institute for details.

Osteoporosis Certification Course:  Dr. Fishman’s Method

Pure Yoga West

Amsterdam at 77th Street, New York City

Friday, March 9th 5pm – 8pm (Studio 4)

Saturday, March 10th 10am – 7pm (Studio TBD)

Sunday, March 11th 9am – 5pm (Studio TBD)

Dr. Fishman, Ellen Saltonstall, and one helper for every 10 people will teach 20 hours in these three days, preceded by 20 hours of online theoretical work with YogaUonline.  The goal is to help participants become competent in teaching the 12 poses that have been shown in a large 10-year study to reverse osteoporosis and osteopenia, and build bone in people that do not have these conditions, and do not want them! However, people who do not wish to teach, but seek an in-depth understanding of yoga for osteoporosis, and how to use the poses to greatest advantage are also welcome.

Three versions of each pose are taught: a beginner version, an intermediate version, and the classical pose.  Each version has value to build bone mineral density, but the more advanced versions appear to be the most effective.  Time is also devoted to the delicate and critical process of safely progressing from one version to the next.

The 20 hours on line were created by Dr. Fishman, Ellen Saltonstall and Eva Norlyk in webinars which describe the physiological principles and actual mechanisms by which yoga builds bone mineral density, with ample references and direct linkages to the practice taught in the workshop.  People are encouraged to study and complete the 20 on-line hours before the workshop.  They will be most likely to take in the workshop’s detailed teaching with this background.  Other preparatory material includes Dr. Fishman’s and Ellen Saltonstall’s book “Yoga for Osteoporosis,” W.W. Norton, 2009.

Although everyone is invited to take this course, people desiring to teach Dr. Fishman’s Method must have two qualifications:

  1. 200-hour yoga teacher certification.
  2. At least 5 years teaching experience.

There is also a written exam on-line after the 20 hours of teaching, and a practical teaching exam at the end of the workshop. No one is required to take the exams unless they want to teach the Method.

Anyone in the course is well-qualified to participate in our recently begun dose-response study.  Additionally, Certified teachers are able to participate in the study by holding individual and group classes with subjects.  Certified teachers and their emails are listed on this website under the “Osteoporosis” tab seen at the top of the home page.  The course manual features many pictures and a six-session suggested course that certified teachers may use afterwards.