Yoga For Osteoporosis:
6-week group programmes designed to reverse or mediate the symptoms of osteopenia and osteoporosis.
Objectives of the course:
- Build a personalised practice to help prevent against bone thinning and deterioration
- Build confidence to carry out day to day activities and exercise proactively
- Stabilise, reverse or mediate the effects of osteopenia and osteoporosis – improve bone and muscle strength
- Improve balance to prevent falling – a key cause of fractures
- To understand the safest way to practice yoga with osteopenia and osteoporosis
- To relieve stress, feel calmer about the diagnosis and build proactivity in day to life
- Understand lifestyle changes that can help to slow the progression of the disease
- Meet socially with other people who have osteopenia and osteoporosis and develop a local support network
- Beginners and Experienced Yogis.
- People with a diagnosis of osteopenia or early osteoporosis.
- For individuals with a longer history or osteoporosis, one to one sessions of therapy are offered, including chair yoga.
- Classes held in my beautiful home studio overlooking garden and woodland.
- Maximum students: 5
Price: £350 for 6 weeks: classes will be weekly.
Contact me for details of the next courses running.
Please note this is not intended to replace any medications prescribed for osteopenia or osteoporosis. Yoga is offered as a complimentary therapy to conventional pharmaceuticals.
Often thought to be the silent disease of aging as there are no obvious signs of bones degenerating. Osteoporosis can affect much younger people, even in their 40’s. The first sign is often experienced in a fall resulting in a broken wrist, arm or finger. However, as osteoporosis progresses, it may lead to a spine, hip or femur fracture which spell a long stay in a nursing home and which may be fatal.
Many people associate osteoporosis with the “dowagers’ hump” – where the spine and head curls forwards, gradually getting shorter. But it can be a lot more than that. A spine curving forwards is often a sign that the spine is degenerating which can reflect poor bone health throughout the body.
Osteopenia is the early stages of osteoporosis and a key indicator of the disease.
Facts about Osteoporosis:
- 200 million women worldwide
- Osteoporotic fractures affect:
- 1 in 2 women over 50
- 1 in 4 men over 50
The most common fractures are hip and spine, but they can occur anywhere in the body.
In women, the risk of osteoporosis is thought to be greater than combined risk of getting breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. In men risk the risk is greater than prostate cancer
Everyone’s bones thin from about the age of 30 years, but at mid-life hormone changes reduce calcium and phosphorous absorption into the body.
The good news is that there is increasing evidence that progression of the disease can be Stabilise or reverse symptoms by a regular yoga practice.
Dr Lauren Fishman has done some useful and relevant research on this – please see the link below for more details:
How Yoga Can Help with Osteoporosis:
Asana/Physical Practice helps to
- Builds muscle and bone strength
- Open rib cage – improve breathing and circulation
- Improve balance & spatial awareness
- Build confidence & social connection
Pranayama, breathing, relaxation and meditation helps to:
- Relieve stress and feel calmer about the diagnosis
- Create holistic state for healing to take place
- Generate a great balance of acceptance and proactivity