It’s said our bones peak in their density in our twenties and – like all good climaxes – it’s all downhill from there. Or is it?
Fortunately for all, osteoporosis can be entirely preventable. And one perfect place to forge your prevention is on the mat – aside from your plate (Check out 10 Reasons to Banish Soda and Top Ten Healthy Foods for Women for more on that). Yoga increases flexibility, strength and coordination – simultaneously – creating an all-star form of weight-bearing exercise for taking on the plight of bone loss. Yoga also targets the glands and organs of the body resulting in a steady supply of hormones that maintain bone density – something that becomes really important during menopause. Taking a one-hour yoga class three times a week will do wonders. But if that’s not accessible to you, a 20-minute daily routine is equally as effective.
Here are our picks for five awesome yoga poses to prevent osteoporosis. If you’re new to yoga, begin by holding the poses for a few long, deep breaths. As you progress, begin to hold the poses for longer and longer. It’s best to learn these poses with a qualified teacher, and if you’ve already been diagnosed with osteoporosis or its precursor osteopenia, to consult your doctor.
1. Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward Facing Dog
4. Virabhadrasana 2 – Warrior 2
5. Trikonasana – Triangle
2. Utkata Konasan – Goddess
3. Setu Bandhasana – Bridge