The Bend Chiropractic and Yoga Whitefish 59937


Dr. Putnam is a holistic chiropractic physician and a certified yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP® She often shares her clinical experience about injuries, prevention and healing through private and group instruction, books, blogs and yoga teacher training workshops.

Specializing in continueing education for yoga students & teachers.

Combining chiropractic care & yoga result in a strong and flexible spine.

Learn yoga with chiropractor Dr. Erika Putnam Whitefish

Traditional medical, orthopedic and neurological testing are used to diagnose  spinal injuries and conditions.

However, as a chiropractic physician, Dr. Putnam also notices imbalances that indicate opportunities to incorporate rehabilitative exercises, stretches and even yoga. This unique perspective  as physician and  yoga instructor creates new practice opportunities for rehab and prevention..

Yoga can be practiced at home or with others and it offers other avenues for those who have not previously considered it for themselves.  

Through personal discovery Dr. Putnam began to view yoga through the lens of a physical medicine physician. She realized yoga can be both subtle or demanding and therefore can be applied to almost all body types. Whatever your injury, physical condition or level of experience, the goal is the same for everyone: to keep you as pain free and active as possible.  

Certain yoga poses offer rehabilitative qualities especially good for stabilizing spine and joint conditions.  Yoga supports physical injuries and also addresses some of the more complicated contributors that are both internal and external.

Consider a private or group session for these reasons:

  • Personalized evaluation & instruction 
  • Hands on guidance
  • Learn how to reduce the risk of injury, specific to your condition
  • Learn modifications that work for your injury or body type
  • Instruction can be  applied to any yoga class
  • Confidential discussion and personalized guidance for your health goals & healing

*Insurance may cover therapeutic exercise if you are an established patient under direct chiropractic care. Ask for more information. 406.888.6044

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Everyone has individual needs and abilities. Whether you are a beginning yoga student or committed to growing a life-long practice A private session can offer introduction to basic yoga postures with the opportunity to engage and focus on you specific needs.  

Are you a member of The Wave Aquatic & Fitness Center? 

Join Dr. Putnam’s class, Flow & Restore, Wednesday evenings at 5:15 PM at the Whitefish Wave

Flow & Restore Yoga is a 60 minute class with 30 minutes of yoga to strengthen muscles and improve balance and 30 minutes of restorative
yoga to relax the nervous system and practice mindfulness while stretching.

New to Yoga?

Yoga is a wonderful way to feel better, get stronger, center your mind, become more aware of your body, alleviate stress, and relax. Age and body type don’t matter. You’re never too young or too old to start practicing yoga. 

If you are unsure where to start or have concerns about whether or not yoga is for you, try several different classes or or take a private lesson. 

Is Yoga for Me? What if I'm not flexible?

Yoga is for everyone, not just flexible folks. Whether you can touch your toes or not a regular stretching practice is good for most everyone. And, yoga helps strength as much as flexibility.

Consider yoga if you are seeking health and wellness and want to improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

Yoga can be as restful or as rigorous as you want it to be and modification can be provided for most body types and health conditions.

The benefits include core strengthening, toning, improved balance, and feeling more relaxed and connected to your physical and emotional body.

Helpful Tips for First Time Guests:

  • Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early before your first class to fill out new member consent forms & set up your space.
  • Wear something comfortable. Layers may be best.
  • Bring a mat if you have one or we have a few to loan or purchase.
  • Bring a water bottle (with lid) and towel.
  • Let the teacher know about any health issues or concerns before class. If you have a serious injury, medical condition or are pregnant, please check with your physician before beginning yoga.
  • We are here to help.  Ask us anything or email us.
  • Yoga is a bare foot activity (in case you didn’t know).
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