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.
Gratitude to my teachers, the guides who have helped me learn to heal myself and have inspired me to share their teachings and my experiences with the world.Learn more
Understanding Yoga for Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis diagnosis…now what?
My goal is to teach safe yoga for the aging body and especially if you have osteoporosis. I believe yoga is the answer because yoga is a holistic practice for the body and mind. They are not separate and yoga not only strengthens the physical body you also learn to moderate stress which balances your physiology and biochemistry and that is where osteoporosis occurs.
I am aware of the fear that is triggered in my students and clients as a diagnosis of osteoporosis attributes to feeling “breakable” and fragile. Fractures occur from falls and poor posture not just from bones being less dense. I focus much of my work on improving balance, posture, alignment, coordination, strengthening the core and strengthening the muscles that support and move the bones. I also empower them to tap into their own inner healer.