With our aging population, osteoporosis and osteopenia affects up to 200 million people worldwide. A 2015 study reported annual spinal fractures in the United States exceed 700,000 with more than 300,000 hip fractures.
Fortunately, yoga poses can strengthen areas most likely to suffer bone density loss….the hips, spine, and wrists. The “side effects” of yoga include better posture, improved balance, enhanced coordination, greater range of motion, higher strength, reduced levels of anxiety, and better gait!
A pilot study that included a daily 12-minute yoga practice revealed the following: 227 participants, 202 of whom were women, practiced a yoga routine at least every other day for two years. The average age was 68 when the participants entered the study and 83% had lower-than-normal bone density. DEXA scans submitted after the study showed significant increases in bone density in the spine, hip bone density increased too.
It is important to find a yoga practice that supports your level of strength and agility. If you are new to yoga, you are welcome to join our Tuesday, Yoga for Joint, Hip, & Back Pain Relief. This is a very gentle joint releasing class that is performed totally on the mat (no standing). We focus on breath as we gently release stress and create more flexibility through slow, controlled movements of the joints throughout the body.
If you prefer an evening class, Wednesday evening’s Yin & Restorative Yoga may be a good fit. This class is great for everyone…no experience necessary! The practice generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis and lower spine.
Tuesday evening’s yoga is designed for those who have yoga experience. The poses can be a bit more challenging.
You are also welcome to schedule private yoga sessions. In the private session I will design a practice just for you.
For more information, please CONTACT ME.