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March 7, 2023 59 mins

Are you listening to your body’s intelligence? The misconception in modern yoga is perfection. Yoga is taught in images, but striving to replicate the perfect pose is to deny the uniqueness of your own skeletal structure. Today on Stronger Bones Lifestyle, Dr. Lori Rubenstein Fazzio DPT, PT, teaches you the importance of honoring your unique structure and understanding its limitations. Dr. Fazzio pioneered the first yoga therapy internship at Simms Mann Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles, where LMU students are mentored in providing individualized yoga therapy for patients suffering from chronic pain. Her mission is to expand this model into other healthcare and educational settings

In this episode, Dr. Fazzio explains how you can tune into your body’s messages so that you can position yourself for optimal function of your muscle, ligaments, and joints. She shifts your understanding of yogic movement to that of personalized alignment. A picture is a valuable guideline, but every person is unique, and your ideal pose is too. Understanding how your body feels in each position will help you avoid injury, and will build stronger bones. 

She breaks down the science and the philosophy of yoga so that you can tap into the full scope of healing that a yogic practice offers. Join us as we reveal the true healing power of yoga!

Key Takeaways:

[2:45] Recognizing that you are not symmetrical internally or externally

[4:40] Honoring the uniqueness of your body

[7:20] Guidelines for knowing your personal boundaries 

[13:00] Building bone density with the proper osteogenic load and alignment 

[16:30] Positioning the joints, muscles, and ligaments for optimal function 

[20:50] Looking at the body fits together to avoid injury 

[25:15] Muscle tightness versus structural limitations

[28:50] The subtle body: cultivating awareness of the body 

[34:18] Fascia compartmentalizes muscle: There is no beginning and no end 

[37:30] Sequencing your movements 

[40:00] Returning to the beginner body 

[43:00] The safety valves of building stronger bones

[45:00] Yoga is the liberation of suffering

[48:20] Listening to the messages from your body 

Where to Find the Guest:

Linkedin: Dr. Lori Rubenstein Fazzio

Memorable Quotes:

“Your body’s not meant for that, so we try to honor what each of our uniquenesses provides for us, and respect those uniquenesses so that we can keep our human earth suit longer.”  [4:40] - Dr. Fazzio

“Slower is harder, slower is more advanced, slower is gonna develop more strength in your muscles, your joints and your bones, and your mind!” [41:35] -Debi Robinson

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