How Yoga Helps Your Bones
Yoga has been linked to a long list of health benefits, including greater flexibility and range of motion, stronger muscles, better posture and balance, reduced emotional and physical stress, and increased self-awareness and self-esteem. Yoga also helps improve bone strength and reduces your risk of osteoporosis. Researchers at Harvard actually did a study to see how yoga can benefit your bones, especially for those who have osteoporosis, and the results were exciting.
How Does It Work?
Individuals who do yoga have better balance and coordination, which means they have a stronger core that supports their frame and bone structure. Improved balance and coordination decrease your risk of falling - a major cause of osteoporotic fractures and injuries.
Although yoga isn't like most weight-bearing exercises like running or lifting, it still is considered a weight-bearing practice since you use your own body weight to work through the poses. Yoga helps impose weight on the spine and hips specifically, which helps to increase your bone density.
Half-moon pose (Ardha Chandrasana): This move helps you build up your leg and ankle strength as you find balance and stability.
Warrior II pose (Virabhadrasana II): This move helps you find your center and strengthen your core by setting your weight on and opening up your hips.
Downward-facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): This move is classic because it is so easy and beneficial in so many ways. It stretches your spine and opens up your joints for rejuvenation and better balance.
For more yoga poses to strengthen your bones, check out the Yoga Journal and the Harvard study. At Carlsbad Open MRI, we encourage our patients to live healthy lifestyles. We hope you incorporate some of these yoga poses into your workouts.