Workshops and Events
Yoga for Healthy bones
ongoing Class at Rossmoor
For people with Osteoporosis or Osteopenia, it’s not the poor quality of their bones that’s the source of concern. The real problem is the risk of broken bones – compression fractures of the spine, and fractures of the femur (thigh bone), pelvis and wrists, which result primarily from falls.
As demonstrated by the results of Dr. Loren Fishman’s initial 10-year, ground- breaking study, yoga practice can reduce the likelihood of bone fractures while affording other positive health effects, including:
Increased bone mineral density
Added physical strength and stamina
Improved balance and coordination
Enhanced flexibility and range of motion
Less stress and anxiety
Dr. Fishman has begun a second study in an effort to link the quality of yoga practice (e.g. effort and consistency) with the increased amount of bone mineral density gained by the yoga practitioner, as measured by standard DEXA scans. In scientific terms, this type of study is known as a "dose and response" model.
If you're interested in this new study, or want to enroll in it, please refer to Dr. Fishman's website at http://www.sciatica.org
As part of the study, participants must attend specialized yoga classes taught by instructors who have been certified to teach Dr. Fishman's method of Yoga for Osteoporosis. The Yoga for Healthy Bones class at Rossmoor meets these requirements. Please go to the CLASSES page of this website for location, schedule and fee information.
The 5 asanas shown above are part of the 12 pose sequence used in Dr. Fishman's study that demonstrated yoga practice can help improve the bone health of people with Osteoporosis and Osteopenia.