Osteoporotic fractures become a significant health concern as people get older. In fact, the risk of incurring an osteoporotic fracture of the hip or wrist as well as vertebral fractures is on par with the risk for cardiovascular disease.

Many people with an osteoporotic fracture never fully recover; and in fact, for women with osteoporosis, the risk of dying from hip fracture is similar to the risk of dying from breast cancer, according to researchers.

Yoga for Osteoporosis: #4 Way to Reduce the Risk of Vertebral Fragility Fractures: Intervertebral Disc Integrity

Studies have shown that the weight-bearing capacity of the vertebrae, and therefore their ability to withstand loading, is linked to the integrity of the intervertebral discs . The vertebral discs act as shock... Read more

Yoga for Osteoporosis: #5 Way to Reduce the Risk of Vertebral Fragility Fractures: Posture

One of the most thoroughly researched risk factors for osteoporotic fractures is posture. In particularly, a kyphotic posture with a flattened lumbar spine has been linked with increased risk of fractures of... Read more

Yoga, Body Awareness, & Balance – Slowing the Age-Related Loss of Proprioception

Can yoga help us improve balance—and thereby reduce the risk of falls and injuries over time? In this article, we explore the answer to this question by exploring how yoga can help slow the loss of... Read more

Long-term Benefits of Yoga Include Greater Balance Control Study Shows

The loss of balance control presents a major risk for falls and fractures for aging adults. Poor balance control can be attributed to a loss of core strength and muscle mass. A decline in neuromuscular... Read more

Yoga for Balance Training: Why Static Poses Don't Cut It

“Last weekend at a yard sale I was carrying a box and tripped. Not only did I keep my balance and not fall, I didn’t even drop the box. This wouldn’t have happened six months ago. I know my balance has... Read more

Yoga for Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention - Shifting the Focus to Falls

Osteoporosis affects an estimated 200 million women worldwide. Each year, roughly 4 in 10 white women age 50 or older in the United States will experience a hip, spine, or wrist fracture sometime during the... Read more
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Yoga for Osteoporosis - An Interview with Loren Fishman, M.D. and Ellen Saltonstall

Yoga is a form of exercise that can help with Osteoporosis, one of the most widespread chronic conditions in the Western hemisphere. How does yoga help counteract the effects of bone loss and osteoporosis? In... Read more

Osteoporosis, Vertebral Fractures and Dowager’s Hump—The Role of Hyperkyphosis

For anyone diagnosed with osteoporosis, there are two main concerns—increased risk of hip fractures and vertebral fractures. Vertebral compression fractures caused by the thin bone mass of osteoporosis have long been taught to cause hyperkyphosis, or the dowager’s hump that inflict many elderly. Read more
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Do Your Bones Affect Your Mood? The Surprising Bone-Brain Link

Does our skeleton—and bones—play a role for our health and wellbeing beyond ‘just’ holding up our body, as previously assumed? Indeed, new research indicates that hormones produced as part of building bone... Read more
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Yoga for Healthy Aging: Enhance Agility to Prevent Fractures

Agility in yoga is the ability to move easily through a series of asana positions while you stay balanced and in control. Some everyday situations that require agility are getting in and out of a car (... Read more