Sharing is Caring
When we find a good book or movie, we love to share it with a friend. Thankfully, Justine recommended this book to me: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande. After reading only half of it, I was already implementing some of the factoids I had learned about into my Yoga teaching.
Interesting factoids on Forward Head Carriage
For instance, did you know that a forward head carriage can cause choking while eating? The reason is that the neck, and thus the esophagus, is not in vertical alignment which restricts the ability to swallow. Surely, that makes sense. However, it might not be something we normally consider. Therefore, I like to share its importance with my students. It gives us another reason to always be aware of our posture. In this case specifically, keeping our neck over our shoulders.
Interesting factoids on Osteoporosis
Another interesting finding in this book is the following passage:
“Even as our bones and teeth soften, the rest of our body hardens. Blood vessels, joints, the muscle and valves of the heart, and even the lungs pick up substantial deposits of calcium and turn stiff. Under a microscope, the vessels and soft tissues display the same form of calcium that you find in bone. When you reach inside an elderly patient during surgery, the aorta and other major vessels can feel crunchy under your fingers. Research has found that loss of bone density may be an even better predictor of death from artherosclerotic disease than cholesterol levels. As we age, it’s as if the calcium seeps out of our skeletons and into our tissues…”
Turn things around!
Once I read that, I turned the factoids about osteoporosis into a reason and benefit for moving. Now, I try incorporating some finger/hand sequences in all of my Yoga classes. Take a couple of minutes and join me in this video: