Yoga for Bone Health
Bones weaken as we age through a combination of hereditary, hormonal, metabolic and nutritional factors. Exercise plays a large role in our bones’ strength and even their shape. Recent research demonstrates that yoga, if done correctly, can be used to slow down or even reverse osteoporosis and osteopenia. Peer-review published results of 741 patients followed over a 10 year period show that it improves bone mineral density in every one of the two-year follow-up studies. Dr. Fishman's Method includes 12 poses that strengthen the most frequent fracture sites: the spine, the hip and the femur. Over 80% of the people in the study reversed their bone loss and began gaining bone. No fractures or serious injuries of any kind were seen or reported in over 100,000 hours of people doing this yoga daily.
Here is a link to a Harvard Health article on Fishman's research.
Agi completed her training in Yoga for Osteoporosis with Dr. Loren Fishman, MD in 2018, and is currently the only teacher in Canada certified to teach Dr. Fishman's Method. Agi offers drop-in Yoga for Bone Health Yoga classes, Bone Health workshops, and bi-weekly Bone Health Clinics for clients interested in building bone density through supported small-group classes.
O Magazine August 2019: