Every week in my yoga classes I have a theme.
Last week and today we went bone deep.
My theme idea came from an article a student shared with me. It was originally in the New York Times and was reprinted in The Oregonian.
Click here for a link to the article.
Weight-bearing exercises, which includes many yoga poses, can actually reverse some of the negative effects of osteopenia (loss of bone density) and osteoporosis (bone loss).
The article that spurred last week’s sequence and today’s post is about a doctor at Columbia who did a study with 11 practitioners who practiced yoga and had results of increased bone density in their spine and hips.
The NIH (National Institutes of Health) has also done studies on the effects of yoga and osteoporosis and found that weight-bearing yoga training had a positive effect on bone by slowing down bone resorption (break down of bone).
The 12 poses the doctor gave his yogis to practice are:
- Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)*
- Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle)
- Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle)*
- Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle)
- Vrksasana (Tree Pose)*
- Salabhasana (Locust Pose)*
- Marichiasana (Marichi’s Pose–Seat Straight Legged Twist)*
- Supta Padangusthasana (Reclined Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose)*