Yoga for Osteoporosis
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation the 44 million people with osteoporosis or low bone mass represent 55 percent of the people aged 50 and older in the United States! Three out of four of them will not take the medicines due to their infamous side effects. I have found first-hand through my teaching that Yoga can be of tremendous benefit to this population.
I began teaching Dr. Loren Fishman’s Method- 12 poses vs osteoporosis- in early 2014, and since then I have helped 100’s find strength, balance, improved posture and stronger emotional health as a result. I have developed my classes, workshops and online programs that specialize in all the areas necessary to focus on if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia. Many of my students report they increased their bone density (DEXA scan readings improved) and some have moved from osteoporosis to osteopenia.
“I realized my leg strength and balance were comparable to 20 years ago!”
– Cathy R.
Osteoporosis diagnosis…now what?
My goal is to teach safe yoga for the aging body and especially if you have osteoporosis. In my certification with Dr Loren Fishman he said, “There isn’t a pill I can push across my desk that will do as much for a person as yoga can.” I believe yoga is the answer because yoga is a wholistic practice for the body and mind. Yoga not only strengthens the physical body you also learn to moderate stress which helps with your physiology and biochemistry and that is where osteoporosis occurs.
I notice fear is triggered in my students and clients with a diagnosis of osteoporosis and a feeling of being “breakable” arises. Fractures occur from falls and poor posture not just from bones being less dense. I focus much of my work on improving posture and alignment, strengthening the core, strengthening the muscles that support and move the bones and the mindset to empower my students to tap into their own inner healer.
Work with my privately to learn how to create your own daily routines that will strengthen your bones, balance, and confidence.
Understanding Yoga for Osteoporosis