Accomplished physician and yogi joins advisory board at MyYogaTeacher



I’d like to extend a warm welcome and introduce you to our newest advisory board member at MyYogaTeacher — Dr. Loren Fishman.

Dr. Fishman is an accomplished physician and an experienced yogi with a background in philosophy and math. He’s Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University Medical School and has a graduate degree in Foundations of Mathematics from the University of Oxford, and a medical degree from Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical School. He is also Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York, NY.

Dr. Fishman first learned about yoga while studying at Oxford through his discovery of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. He felt a kinship with Patanjali, who was also a physician and wrote the first known book on grammar — likely containing origins of math.

From there, his journey into yoga brought him to India where he sought out liberated, enlightened people. During his travels he became acquainted with another integral book, B.K.S. Iyengar’s Light on Yoga. Dr. Fishman was so inspired that he sought out Iyengar directly and learned yoga from the master himself.

After studying with Iyengar, Dr. Fishman attended medical school, where he taught yoga to his fellow students, nurses, and doctors while he worked toward his medical degree. Upon graduating, he completed the Tufts-Harvard Residency program and then was Chief Resident in Rehabilitation at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

He wasn’t practicing medicine for very long when he made a very important discovery. Dr. Fishman quickly noticed that yoga served as a powerful tool for therapeutic healing. Since then, he has furthered his knowledge about yoga through extensive scientific research and clinical trials.

To date, Dr. Fishman has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, including 12 books. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated the therapeutic value of yoga to treat osteoporosis, scoliosis, rotator cuff syndrome, arthritis, insomnia, anxiety, and many other issues. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Spine, Muscle and Nerve, and a number of international periodicals. He has been listed in Castle and Connolly’s “Best Doctors” more than 10 times, and was past President of the New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

He is currently the Associate Editor of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, and Treasurer of the National Zoster Foundation. He has been a keynote speaker at the International Association of Yoga Practitioners’ meetings, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Dr. Fishman also has a private medical practice in New York City.

Dr. Fishman is still expanding his research, conducting clinical trials that show how yoga can effectively heal various physical conditions. We’re excited to announce that you can participate in these trials, and we’ve provided more details on how you can get involved below.

On behalf of everyone at MyYogaTeacher, we are delighted to have Dr. Fishman serving as an advisory board member, and grateful for his enormous contributions to the study of yoga and scientific research.

How you can take part in Dr. Fishman’s research

Dr. Fishman is currently conducting a free, randomized control study to straighten scoliotic curves of the spine with the help of yoga. This study is for teens only, and involves a daily, two-minute yoga pose and small botulinum injections. He is inviting 14 to 18-year-olds to participate. If you know a teen who’d like to be a part of this study, you can click here to find out more.

Dr. Fishman is also conducting another free study on osteoporosis and yoga, and encouraging people with osteoporosis and osteopenia, and people with healthy, strong bones, to participate. For the purposes of this study, there will be a free online yoga class from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., EST. If you are not participating in the study but wish to take the class, you may do so for a modest fee.

If you or someone you know would like to sign up to participate in Dr. Fishman’s osteoporosis study, you can do so here.

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