Bone density and yoga

As we get older, one of the conditions that everyone should get informed on and be aware of is Osteoroposis. This is especially true for women going through menopause, as the deterioration of bone tissue can increase due to lower levels of estrogen. 

Statistics show that in the developed world, depending on the method of diagnosis, 2% to 8% of males and 9% to 38% of females are affected. Here’s a link to an interesting article published in The New York Times on how yoga can improve bone density, based on research done by Dr Loren M. Fishman, a physiatrist at Columbia University who specializes in rehabilitative medicine. 

It’s nice to see that poses used in this study are the ones that make the core backbone of all the sequences I teach my students. 

“Yoga puts more pressure on bone than gravity does. By opposing one group of muscles against another, it stimulates osteocytes, the bone-making cells.” 

 Dr. Loren M. Fishman, Columbia University

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