Yoga Helps Prevent Osteoporosis: Key Points to Optimize Bone Health

By
Lillah Schwartz, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
man practicing warrior 1 at the wall

Reverse Osteoporosis—A Yoga Teacher’s Firsthand Account

By the time we get to our 50’s, most women are thinking about their bone density, or at least starting to. Certainly, yoga can help prevent osteoporosis. I’ve been practicing yoga since I was in my 20s, which is why I was shocked at the age of 59 when I received a diagnosis of osteoporosis. “Really? How did that happen?” Even though my diet and lifestyle did not include any risk factors, the focus of my yoga practice was not helping.

Yoga for Osteoporosis: #2 Way to Reduce the Risk of Vertebral Fractures: Strengthening The Trabecular Network

Also known as ‘spongy bone,’ the trabecular network makes up the inner part of the bone, surrounded by a thin outer rim of outer cortical bone (see figure). Trabecular bone has a three-dimensional honeycomb-... Read more

Yoga for Osteoporosis: #3 Way to Reduce the Risk of Vertebral Fragility Fractures: Intersegmental Stability & Neuromuscular Coordination

The spine is essentially a set of loosely assembled building blocks stacked on top of each other. What keeps the spine stable and able to move efficiently are the ligaments, fascia and muscles around the spine... Read more

Yoga for Osteoporosis: #4 Way to Reduce the Risk of Vertebral Fragility Fractures: Intervertebral Disc Integrity

Studies have shown that the weight-bearing capacity of the vertebrae, and therefore their ability to withstand loading, is linked to the integrity of the intervertebral discs . The vertebral discs act as shock... Read more

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Yoga for Osteoporosis: #5 Way to Reduce the Risk of Vertebral Fragility Fractures: Posture

One of the most thoroughly researched risk factors for osteoporotic fractures is posture. In particularly, a kyphotic posture with a flattened lumbar spine has been linked with increased risk of fractures of... Read more

Yoga, Body Awareness, & Balance – Slowing the Age-Related Loss of Proprioception

Can yoga help us improve balance—and thereby reduce the risk of falls and injuries over time? In this article, we explore the answer to this question by exploring how yoga can help slow the loss of... Read more

Long-term Benefits of Yoga Include Greater Balance Control Study Shows

The loss of balance control presents a major risk for falls and fractures for aging adults. Poor balance control can be attributed to a loss of core strength and muscle mass. A decline in neuromuscular... Read more

Yoga for Balance Training: Why Static Poses Don't Cut It

“Last weekend at a yard sale I was carrying a box and tripped. Not only did I keep my balance and not fall, I didn’t even drop the box. This wouldn’t have happened six months ago. I know my balance has... Read more

Yoga for Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention - Shifting the Focus to Falls

Osteoporosis affects an estimated 200 million women worldwide. Each year, roughly 4 in 10 white women age 50 or older in the United States will experience a hip, spine, or wrist fracture sometime during the... Read more
A woman in Pigeon Pose (Kapotasana), practicing yoga for osteoporosis

Yoga for Osteoporosis - An Interview with Loren Fishman, M.D. and Ellen Saltonstall

Yoga is a form of exercise that can help with Osteoporosis, one of the most widespread chronic conditions in the Western hemisphere. How does yoga help counteract the effects of bone loss and osteoporosis? In... Read more

Osteoporosis, Vertebral Fractures and Dowager’s Hump—The Role of Hyperkyphosis

For anyone diagnosed with osteoporosis, there are two main concerns—increased risk of hip fractures and vertebral fractures. Vertebral compression fractures caused by the thin bone mass of osteoporosis have long been taught to cause hyperkyphosis, or the dowager’s hump that inflict many elderly. Read more