Yoga practices for building bone strength and maintaining muscle mass, especially for individuals diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis.
Bone loss is serious business.
Both men and women reach their maximum bone mass around age 30, but begin to lose bone mass in their 50s to 90s. No one is immune from the inevitable decline and even physically active people begin to lose muscle mass after age 30. Health care professionals advise that individuals engage in weight-bearing exercises to slow the loss of bone mass.
Based on the work of Dr. Loren Fishman, this six-week series focuses on yoga poses that in research studies have been shown to increase bone strength.
Some of the topics covered in this class include–
- how our bodies make bone and why we lose bone as we age
- what other nutrients, in addition to calcium, our bodies need to build bone
- how to move safely to minimize your risk of osteoporotic fractures
- how to maximize bone health through targeted movements
- and much, much more
Each class is 75 minutes, with time for discussion as well as movement. Handouts and suggestions for home practice included.
All the poses taught are appropriate for individuals diagnosed with osteopenia and osteoporosis. However, if you have one of these conditions it is recommended that you consult with your doctor before enrolling.