Is Yoga Helpful for Osteoporosis?

Leah Sugerman, E-RYT 500, YACEP
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Osteoporosis is a health condition that weakens bones and makes them more brittle and, therefore, more susceptible to fracture. The word osteoporosis itself means “porous bone.” It is a common condition, particularly in postmenopausal women. There are a number of known modalities to help with osteoporosis, but they can be challenging, expensive, or injurious. So an interesting question is whether yoga for osteoporosis is effective.

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