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Yoga and Surgical Intervention for the Knees

Clients are always wanting to know information regarding Yoga poses and their impact upon movement with prosthetic knees. 

These links provide information about how a person’s baseline anatomy affects range of motion as well as how a type of implant may affect ability to move the joint.

This article provides information regarding the types of implants and their structures based upon which ligaments are moved or replaced.  The decision depends upon the integrity of the surrounding cruciate ligaments.

Cruciates are ligaments that cross each other and are on the inside of the knee joint.  There are 2 inside the knee that hold the femor and tibia closely together.  The one in the front is named the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and one in the back labeled the PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament).  The word cruciate means “crossing”.  David Keil, a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Neuromuscular Therapist, illustrates a clear picture and explanation of these in his book Functional Anatomy of Yoga A Guide for Practitioners and Teachers on Page 71.  It is a book worth owning even if you are not a Yoga Teacher.

This article contains information regarding the various materials from which implants are created.  This seems to address decisions made upon a possible allergy toward other implants.

This takes a look at implants and how they are designed based upon the current stability of the cruciate ligaments.  The discussion is based upon the surgeon’s decision whether or not to remove the PCL.

This article reviews fixed versus mobile implants.

Once an individual has knee replacement(s) it is important to follow your doctor’s post-op instructions exactly.  Rehab with a Physical Therapist is usually implemented after the first post-op visit.  Once you are discharged from PT, get clearance from your doctor to take a Yoga Class from a Certified Yoga Therapist or Healthcare Professional who is skilled with teaching Yoga Classes to individuals who are physically challenged.

The way I prepare clients toward strengthening the integrity of the muscles that support the knee is to provide education about the anatomy of the leg.    The longest muscle in the body is called the Sartorius muscle whose function is to move the hip and knee. This is the only muscle that covers 2 joints within the body.  The links below are videos about the Sartorius muscle.

Kenhub is an excellent resource to learn about the human anatomy.  I am providing the link for educating you about the Sartorius muscle.

Beaulieu Yoga classes are structured to increase the integrity of this muscle along with the quads, glutes and core.  These all work together to provide stability for our knees.  Modifications are queued in case there is a concern for any issues.Thank you, Gabriela Ferroni, BSN, RN for providing the research posted in this blog.  Gabriela is a Licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Pennsylvania working on an Orthopedic Unit.    


Wellness Programming at Tel Hai: Healing through Yoga Ministry

At Tel Hai, we don’t just have yoga. We have a “yoga ministry” that’s led by Judith Beaulieu. With more than 45 years of experience in clinical and pharmaceutical nursing, Judy leans on her medical expertise and faith to provide twice-weekly classes to Tel Hai residents and members of the greater community.

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A registered nurse by trade, Judy is also a Registered Yoga Instructor, Medical Information Specialist, Certified Health Coach, and Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. Teaching at Tel Hai since 2012, her journey to our community was unique.

“I started to serve at Tel Hai as a volunteer in 2009 when my mother was a resident. I felt that there was an opportunity to give back through yoga as a volunteer instructor. My class went from 5 residents to 30 residents, and I eventually developed coursework and instruc- tion techniques. My approach to yoga is as a ministry—a healing yoga ministry,” she shared.

“Our mutual connection is our Christian belief that Jesus is the greatest healer that’s ever been. We connect to God through our practice of yoga by connecting our bodies and minds together. God gave us this opportunity to make these years the best last chapter of our lives,” commented Judy. “We use this class as a time to center ourselves, talk to God, and even pray for each other with loving hearts.”

From individuals experiencing chronic pain to someone recovering from a surgery, there are no limitations to participating in yoga. “Yoga is for everyone at all ability levels. I’ve had students with cognitive challenges, physical limitations, and breathing issues. I always remind my class that ‘you aren’t your diagnosis.’ Your optimal level of health can be better than what you have right now,” she said.

For Tel Hai resident Joan Rumer, this “yoga ministry” has had a profound impact.

“My husband Ron and I have lived at Tel Hai for 8 years. I can’t tell you how she has kept me moving and feeling wonderful most of the time. She keeps us all moving and enhances my life every class she teaches,” shared Joan. “Personally, I was dealing with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), which is a musculoskeletal condition similar to fibromyalgia. After participating in her yoga class twice a week for years, I no longer need to take any medicine related to my PMR. She has been a lifesaver to me, and to many others in our group.”

“I’m being called to do something greater than myself. Here at Tel Hai, I want to use God’s gift of yoga
to help transform the lives of others. It’s facilitating the connection of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual energy in a way to heal the body.”

GOT QUESTIONS? Contact Allyson Welsh, Director of Wellness and Resident Services, at (610) 273-9333, ext. 2756 or email to chat about upcoming “Gentle Flow Yoga” classes and how to enroll. Tel Hai welcomes community members to attend select classes and wellness programming for a nominal fee.

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Improve Shoulder strength and mobility

Teaching Yoga to my tribe of people over the age of 50 includes modifications for asanas that prove difficult for some.  Yoga props are imperative not only to support the body but to explore ways to enhance a Yoga pose.  

Recently, I came across Rocky Heron, a Yoga Teacher, who is a new resource for me. Yoga International is an Association that offers Yoga Instructors continuing education on-line and offers a class entitled “Isometric Strength Drills”.  Rocky’s approach to improve shoulder mobility offers a unique approach that explores the gaps that traditional Yoga does not address.  

This is a video that addresses his style of teaching which enhances my style of teaching Ashtanga Yoga and Slow Flow Yoga Classes.  Enjoy.



The “Blessing of the Hands” is a Holistic approach to self-care for nurses.  This prayer is posted on the AHNA website to honor all nurses on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, May 12th ( 

2020 is the “Year of the Nurse”, however, National Nurses’ Week is celebrated every year.   The “Blessing of the Hands” is a tradition that began on May 12, 2000 through the endeavors of Holistic Nurses honoring the spirit of holistic nursing.  It is a beautiful way of heightening the awareness of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual realms of life that encompass the nursing profession.


Blessed be these hands that have touched life. 

Blessed be these hands that have embraced with compassion.

Blessed be these hands that have been clinched with anger of withdrawn in fear.

Blessed be these hands that have drawn blood and administered medicine.

Blessed be these hands that have cleaned beds and disposed of wastes.

Blessed be these hands that have anointed the sick and offered blessings.

Blessed be these hands that have comforted the dying and held the dead.

Blessed be these hands, we hold the future in these hands.

Blessed be our hands for they are the work of Your hands, O Holy One. 


Part 2 of Dr. Sara Gottfried’s Presentation on Depression


Combine this medical approach with a Complementary Therapy



This is the 200th Celebratory year of Florence Nightingale’s birth (May 12, 1820).   Florence was the first practicing Nurse Epidemiologist in the world (“Fundamentals of Nursing”, Eighth Edition; Patricia Potter & Anne Perry; Page 2).  

Epidemiology is the study (scientific, systematic, and data-driven) of the distribution (frequency, pattern) and determinants (causes, risk factors) of health-related states and events (not just diseases) in specified populations (neighborhood, school, city, state, country, global). (

Consequently, 2020 is designated by the World Health Organization as the “Year of the Nurse”.  This acknowledgement motivates me to raise the awareness level of sanitary techniques introduced by Florence during the Crimean War in the mid-1800’s that decreased infection rates of soldiers from 43% to 2%. (Fundamentals of Nursing”, Eighth Edition; Patricia Potter & Anne Perry; Page 2).

One effective way to help prevent any virus or bacteria from spreading is through thorough handwashing techniques.   This is a list of two that I have been using and teaching clients:

1 – Apply a dime-sized amount (2-3 drops) into palms of dry hands
2 – Rub product into the hands as follows:
Placing palm to palm begin applying onto fingertips of each hand rubbing between and around  fingers.
     Rub each thumb and the back of each hand with opposite palm.
3 – Rub hands until dry and do not wipe off.
This technique is effective if hands do not have any food, clinging dirt or other noticeable substances.  Otherwise use warm running water and soap technique.
1 – Wet hands under running water
2 – Apply soap by rubbing over hands vigorously to create an abundant lather
3 – Rub palm to palm, fingertips of each hand going in between and around fingers         
4 – Clasp each thumb then finish rubbing the back of each hand with opposite palm
5 – Rinse hands thoroughly under warm running water
Repeat this technique if you want to be sure that you gave yourself enough time to thoroughly sanitize yourself after using the gas pump, shopping carts, ATM machines, or other items in public places.
Take the time to be cautious not only during this Covid19 panic but all throughout the year.
Nurse Judith

Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention for Managing Pain and Anxiety



When a painter paints a landscape, he or she starts with a rough sketch of the background of sky and distant perspective.  This is a very important step because it will usually determine the emotional content and overall balance of the painting whether it is gloomy and cloudy or sunny and bright.  Similarly, the general manner of approach to working with a health coach starts with a rough sketch of identifying patterns, challenges and needs to achieving goals. Sometimes it takes a few attempts to connect with the right perspective for you and a Health Coach can tap into expanding that thought process.  It can take 30, 60 or 90 days to find the balance necessary to make things happen.      
Over the past several years, health-conscious individuals have engaged in my health coaching services to mentor them through and to their health goals.   Successful outcomes are documented and based upon specific feedback in order to keep track of what tools were used toward achievements.  Subsequently, the information is sent to the client to create a personal achievement record file.  The use of the  P.O.W.E.R. GOAL approach encompasses formulating the specific tasks needed for these successful outcomes.
The journey to heal using the P.O.W.E.R. GOAL contains the following:
P:  Present-time:  starting now in pursuing your goal.  Starting with who you are at this time
                                 And where it is you would like to take yourself.
O:  Opportunities:  that you can foresee as ways to get you to an achievable goal.
W:  Writing:  strategies that are specific to achieving your goal and writing in a journal about
E:  Engaging:  in activities that provide positive changes for an optimal lifestyle.
R:  Recognizing:  roadblocks.  Predict and be aware of what they are and know what it
                               Takes to overcome them.
A Health Coach cannot do these things for you but they can empower you to formulate a plan and keep you on track.  A Coaching session should encompass a positive attitude, solutions-oriented thinking and compassion.  The P.O.W.E.R. Goal is a compass to finding your way toward Power Healing.
P.O.W.E.R. Goals are specific to Beaulieu Health and Wellness Associates and were created by Judith Beaulieu, RN, BSN, MIS,CHC, RYI, HTCP