Between 18-30% of all women over sixty-five will suffer a hip fracture by the time they reach ninety. Prevention of osteoporosis should begin during perimenopause, or at least at any stage of menopause to strengthen and reclaim her bone health. Bones grow stronger when they are used, as it is said: “Move it or lose it”! Yoga effectively supports bone health through postures which stress and strengthen the bones, as well as relaxation techniques to reduce stress and promote a feeling of well-being in support of our immune system. Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Diet support an effective strong digestion in support of the bone tissue.
The Skeletal System builds our support and foundation. Bones build blood cells, store calcium and phosphorous, and provide a solid framework for upright posture, support and movement. Estrogen stimulates bone growth. During the early years of a woman’s life, bones reconstruct as quickly as they lose mass. However, by the age of forty and beyond, her hormonal levels shift, and the reconstruction of bones can dramatically weaken. Depending on constitution, life-style, and diet, the bone loss accelerates and leads to Osteopenia and Osteoporosis. According to Dr. Christiane Northrup, it can lead to “a potentially fatal disease.”
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Thank you so much for your interest in learning more about the benefits of Yoga & Ayurveda. ~ Hannelore