Yoga And Strength Training Can Equally Benefit Bone Mass

Yoga was long thought to be of limited benefit to maintaining bone density. Not so say recent studies, which increasingly support the concept that weight bearing yoga techniques are comparably effective to strength and weight bearing exercise regimens. Here, Mary Tolley Rhodes of Demand Media, writing for AZCentral.Com, provides some insight into recent developments in our understanding of yoga practices and bone density.

Yoga And Strength Training Can Equally Benefit Bone Mass

If your mother or grandmother has been diagnosed with osteoporosis, and you see that hunched-back posture in your future, now is


Yoga techniques that emphasize weight bearing poses can be equally beneficial to retaining and building bone mass as strength training studies show. Photo by Polka Dot Images c/o Photos.Com.

the time to get to work. Osteoporosis is a disorder characterized by low bone mass, which increases the incidence of fracture as you age. According to the National Institutes of Health, 40 million Americans have low bone mass. The American Council on Exercise reports that 50 percent of women and 25 percent of men older than 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture. Yoga and weight-lifting programs can help offset bone loss and, if done at proper intensity, may even help increase bone mass.

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Yoga techniques can provide significant physical benefits to health, including significant cardiovascular and bone density enhancements. Including poses that incorporate weight bearing and an opposition to gravity, the increase in bone mass will follow.

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Yoga Science teaches us to ‘include all and exclude none.’ If the outer guru, in the form of a person or experience, reflects the Truth and light of the inner guru, the advice is to be heeded and served in thought, word and deed. If a suggestion from the outer guru is not in harmony with the inner guru as reflected by the purified discrimination of buddhi, the advice is to be honored and lovingly rejected with gratitude—for your teacher has just taught you what not to do.                                                 — Leonard Perlmutter

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