Osteoporosis and Yoga

Osteoporosis: Considerations when practicing yoga

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones lose density, weakening their structure, making them more prone to fractures.


The joints are also affected, so the entire motor system is at a disadvantage.


If you suffer from osteoporosis we bring you good news: there is an activity that you can practice to improve: Yoga.


When you practice yoga with osteoporosis, it’s important to take precautions to protect your fragile bones and joints.

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Here are some recommendations on what to avoid:

Spinal flexion postures:


Asanas that require excessive flexing or extension of the spine can increase the risk of compression fractures.


It is important to avoid movements like Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward-facing dog) or Paschimottanasana.


Deep twists:


Extreme twisting can put additional pressure on bones and joints.


For this reason it is better to opt for gentle and controlled twisting postures to protect the bone structure.


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Inverted poses such as Sirsasana (headstand) or Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand) should be avoided.


These can increase the risk of falls and fractures in people with osteoporosis.


Sudden movements:


Quick or sudden movements can put stress on fragile bones, increasing the risk of injury.


It is important to make transitions between postures gently and consciously, thus ensuring bone integrity.


Opt for soft and adapted classes:


It is advisable to choose gentler yoga classes adapted to individual needs.


Avoid intense practices that could put bone health at risk.

Osteoporosis and Yoga

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It has been shown that a regular yoga practice can help increase bone density.


So by following these recommendations, yoga can help in the treatment of Osteoporosis.


Of course, results take time. You have to make yoga a regular practice, and not expect immediate results.

Always remember to consult with a health professional before starting any new exercise routine, especially if you have medical conditions such as osteoporosis.



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