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I was curious about the sequence of 12 yoga poses against Osteoporosis that Nathalie teaches weekly on Wednesdays at 11:30 AM (PST) iyoga schedule.

Nathalie is a certified teacher of the Yoga for Osteoporosis method by Dr. Loren Fishman, M.D. Throughout the class, she shared her knowledge and demonstrated and explained each pose. She paid great attention to body alignment and helped us find the optimal version of each position. I also learned that bones that are most commonly affected by osteoporosis are wrists, hips, and the spine.

I didn’t expect it to be such an intense practice. The types of activities and movements were different than anything I ever did at the gym. I could feel my hips strengthening and some tension when doing the spinal twists, etc.  And the intensity was perfect for a midday activity just before lunch 🙂

During the 60 minute practice, I worked with Nathalie to adjust each pose so that it works optimally and within my limitations. We used props, such as blankets, blocks and a chair. The strap came handy in several poses.  For a long-term benefits, a short, daily practice of those 12 poses is recommended.

A few facts about osteoporosis…

Did you know that there are multiple factors that contribute to bones losing mineral density? Not only age, diet, and lifestyle, but medications and diseases play a role.

The bone density peaks at age 35 and decreases with age. This demineralization process is more significant for women. You can read who is at greater risk of Osteoporosis on the International Osteoporosis Foundation page.

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