The regular practice of yoga has many benefits: yoga improves the flexibility, builds strength in the muscles, quiets the mind and reduces stress, and it can also help keep your bones strong and healthy too. Today we'll examine five of the best yoga poses for bones which you can add into your daily routine and start benefiting from immediately.
But first, why are these yoga poses good for bones? In yoga, you’re holding your body weight up against the force of gravity, which puts mild stress on the bones and encourages new growth. But, unlike other weight bearing exercises, such as running or tennis, yoga won’t stress your joints and cartilage. A regular yoga practice will help keep your joints supple and young as the gentle weight bearing exercises in yoga improves the flexibility, strength, and range of movement available in the joints. Secondly, regular practice of yoga can help reduce stress and inflammation that interferes with bone regeneration. Our bones naturally degenerate as we get older, and other factors like our lifestyle and diet can have a negative impact upon the inflammation in our bodies. But, by using certain yoga poses for bone health we can safely help reduce the levels of inflammation in our bodies and support our bones for optimum health. Thirdly, regular practice of yoga improves the flexibility and strength of our spine which supports our postural health and can help us improve our overall alignment.
Our first yoga pose for the bones is...
Warrior 1: A strong weight bearing posture which will help strengthen the legs. Specifically, by bending 90° into the front leg you’re magnifying the force on the femur bone and stimulating bone growth.
Warrior 2: In addition to the benefits for the legs as demonstrated in Warrior 1, Warrior 2 will help improve the flexibility of the hip joint. And, by extending the arms out to either side, you place more stress on the head of the humerus which is also going to help stimulate bone growth.
Tree pose: This one legged balancing posture is an excellent choice to stabilize the ankles, knees, and hips. Try to find a strong connection with the ground and maintain an upwards current of energy in your body. This is an excellent posture to support the spine by improving core strength.
Bridge pose: This yoga pose improves the flexibility of the spine, and by bearing down strongly into the earth, you’re also building strength in the knees, feet, arms and shoulders.
Triangle pose: This posture improves bone strength simply by supporting your body's weight against gravity while in an off-center position.