According to Dr. Loren Fishman, Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City, and author of 10 books, including Yoga for Osteoporosis, “One in two women over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime.” Yoga can help build bones and help prevent fractures. This has been proven by Fishman, an M.D. and yogi. He proved that yoga can build bones in a 10-year study published in November of 2015.
In the study, Fishman followed over 200 yoga students with an average age of 68. Of the participants, 83 percent had below normal bone density. He asked them to do 12 yoga poses every day or two. The poses were to be held for 30 seconds, with 30 seconds of rest between. By the end of the study, the density of the bones in the spine, hips and femurs were significantly improved and there were no negative side effects.
This study and book inspired yoga teacher Trish Harris, of Divine Journey Yoga in Tucson, to offer a weekly yoga class called Yoga for Strong Bones. These classes are also accessible for free on her YouTube channel, Tucson Divine Journey Yoga. Harris believes that yoga can also help build muscle strength, balance and overall mind-body health.
“The oxygen boost with deep breathing and relaxation can help clear the brain and bring life to muscles and bones. A strong, clear mind and strong bones are a great recipe for fall prevention and longevity,” says Harris, who is Yoga Alliance certified as an ERYT200, RYT500, YACEP with certifications in Yoga for Healthy Aging and Yoga for Arthritis.
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