When people exercise they tend to think about their heart health or building and toning their muscles. Rarely do people focus on building their bone mass through exercise. This isn’t surprising since we can’t actually see our bones growing stronger. Although we can’t see them, we should not forget about them. More and more people are finding out that yoga has many positive benefits to your health, including bone health! American Bone Health is providing important information about the bone-yoga connection and, most importantly, doing yoga safely.
On April 30th, American Bone Health teamed up with Oakland based, Piedmont Yoga Studio on the first Bone Safe Yoga Event. About 25 people came out to learn more about bone health and how to modify their yoga practice to meet their bone health needs. Bone health expert and physical therapist, Sherri Betz, set the stage with bone health information and its link with yoga. Then, Anne Appleby, Cheryl Fenner Brown and Joanne Lyons, our three yoga instructors, demonstrated how to achieve proper body alignment and modify common poses to prevent fractures. After concluding with an exciting raffle, participants left with a goodie bag that included bone healthy treats from Whole Foods and Cabot Cheese, a Yoga Journal magazine, and a Giaim DVD on osteoporosis.
The event was the first of many to come as American Bone Health seeks to raise bone health awareness across the country. If you want to sponsor an event like this to come to your yoga studio or community, let us know!