What we do in this class:
This class is taught by a certified Bone-fit instructor. It is designed to help support bone health in a safe and supportive environment, Yoga for Bone Health combines Yoga principles plus resistance training with light weights and resistance bands.
Physical exercise is an important factor in the risk reduction and treatment of osteoporosis. Physical activity places an increased ‘load’ or force on our bones. Bones respond by forming new bone and remodelling the bone to be stronger. Bones need to be stimulated by physical activity – so it is necessary to be active in different ways in order to ‘load’ or stimulate these bones and maintain their structural competence and strength.
Physical activity also contributes to a sense of well-being and an overall improvement in quality of life as well as improving balance and coordination which, in turn, reduces risk of falls. In addition, improved strength, flexibility and posture can reduce pain and enable people with or with osteoporosis to do daily tasks more easily.
Is this class for you?
Mindfulness is emphasized throughout the Yoga for Bone Health practice. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Cultivating mindfulness both on and off the mat supports mind/body connection which can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help to focus our attention and observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment, ultimately leading to a happier and more satisfying life.