In 2014 I saw a course on Yoga for Osteoporosis taught by Dr Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall. Since I was teaching yoga through a hospital and most of my students were aging (over 30 which is when the aging process begins) I decided to take this course to learn more about osteoporosis. I was amazed at the statistics that 55% of the people over age 50 have some bone density loss and that 1 in 2 woman and 1 in 4 men will have a fracture from a fall in their lifetime. I began to incorporate the poses and information that I learned into all of my classes. I saw a demand for this knowledge and created a Yoga for Osteoporosis class that was dedicated to the poses and information that I learned in the course.
Dr Loren Fishman has taught this practice for years and created a pilot study to prove the benefits that yoga can have on balance, bones and overall mindset. Dr Fishman says, “There isn’t a pill I can push across my desk that will have all the benefits that yoga has for osteoporosis.” He chose 12 poses that stimulate bones to lay down more bone as well as strengthen the muscles that help us balance. Over the past 10 years many people in this study have gained bone density on their DEXA scan especially on the spine and pelvis. He is a pioneer in the field of Osteoporosis and in 2016 began to certify instructors to teach his methods and participate as a teacher in further research on yoga for osteoporosis.
For over 3 years I have been teaching Yoga for Osteoporosis to hundreds of students watching many bodies get stronger, more balanced through asana (yoga poses) and more confidence in their ability to have an affect on their bone quality and overall health.
In February of 2017 Dr Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall certified me to teach their methods of Yoga for Osteoporosis. I had been teaching a few classes a week, including a chair class with an emphasis on balance and bone strengthening, and they are some of my most popular classes that I teach. Every new session has more sign ups and the desire to do yoga for better balance, help strengthen bones and increase the bone quality. In addition to the classes that I teach I will offer to have participants join this pilot program.
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