Did you know that 12 minutes of yoga a day can be more effective than any drug to increase bone density? Professor Loren M Fishman, a physician at Columbia University has spent years gathering evidence on the impact of Yoga on bone health. She determined that: “Yoga is safe, even for people who have suffered a loss of important bone mass […] Yoga puts more pressure on the bones than gravity and by opposing one group of muscles against others, it stimulates the osteocytes, the cells that make up the bones.”
Did you know that you can also do yoga with your fingers and hands? The gestures that we adopt flexing, bending, placing, pressing the fingers, in a specific way, are called Mudras. Some cultures consider them sacred gestures. But they are more than that. Mudras have therapeutic benefits for those who practice them.
When I started my path as a Yoga teacher 5 years ago, I found motivation in sharing with others what had given me so much peace and knowledge about myself. However, I always thought my vocation had come late. Being a Yoga teacher has become something so ubiquitous it was hard to see what I could contribute to my students. What was my mission or Dharma? But then I discovered the difference between Yoga and Yoga Therapy.