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Keeping the Joints Happy

Historically, stress on the joints has been cautioned and even considered dangerous. Our author explains why modern-day exercise and medical professionals now think a healthy amount of joint stress is important.

By Paul Grilley

Yoga can be a complete system of exercise. It has exercises to increase strength, exercises to build aerobic capacity, and exercises to increase flexibility. Many other forms of exercise can do this as well, but yoga is unique in that some of its postures directly address the range of motion of the joints.

Paul Grilley was inspired to study yoga in 1979, after reading Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda. After two years of anatomy study with Dr. Garry Parker, he relocated from his home in Columbia Falls, Montana, to Los Angeles to continue his studies at UCLA. During his 13 years as a yoga teacher in Los Angeles, Paul studied Taoist Yoga with martial arts champion Paulie Zink. Since 1990, he has studied yoga and science with Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama. Five years ago, Paul relocated to Santa Fe, where he earned a master's degree from St. John's College. He currently teaches yoga and anatomy worldwide and lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his wife, Suzee. You can purchase his DVD Anatomy for Yoga at

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