Osteoporosis: Yoga for Strong Bones

By
Kathryn Boland, R-CYT, R-DMT
Lovely smiling mature woman looking calm while carrying her yoga mat

Osteoporosis, osteopenia, falling, and breaking a hip—all of these are major medical and lifestyle concerns for many women over 50. Yet, the public health matter reaches far beyond that population. Men and younger women—such as yours truly, diagnosed with osteopenia in my 20s—aren’t immune. Can yoga help? The proverbial jury, scientifically speaking, is still out.

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