11 Tips for Teaching Yoga Students with Osteoporosis

By
Olga Kabel
Senior woman practicing yoga pose Janu Sirsasana or Head-to-Knee Forward Bend Pose, working out at h

Osteoporosis is a chronic disease that is characterized by porous, weakened bones. It usually presents as low bone mass (decrease in bone quantity) and deterioration of the microarchitecture of bones (decrease in bone quality). Since the quantity and quality of bone are reduced, the risk of fracture is increased. Most of these fractures occur in the spine (vertebrae), forearms (radius), or hip (femur). 

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