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Demystifying Osteoporosis and Bone Health

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For some, especially yogis, the term osteoporosis can seem daunting and overwhelming. Bone health is one of those areas where we only hear about the repercussions of diminishing bone health and rarely about what we can do to encourage stronger, healthier bones. 

For Andrew McGonigle, understanding–and better yet, demystifying–the facts of bone health can be a gamechanger. In his webinar, he'll explore the topic of bone health and how it pertains to yogis. How can yoga help those with osteoporosis? What's osteoporosis all about in the first place?

For yogis (and others!) with questions about bone health, this webinar is a must watch. 

How to Use Yoga for Osteoporosis 

In this webinar, Andrew McGonigle (author and founder of Doctor Yogi) explores the ins and outs of bone health. In this video, he brings details and facts about osteoporosis. Students will learn about:

  •  Osteoporosis: This condition is common and on the rise! The number of people affected by osteoporosis is large (nearly 13% of adults aged 50 years and older) and is expected to continue to grow. As a yoga teacher it’s very likely that you either already teach someone with osteoporosis or will teach someone with osteoporosis in the near future.
  • Exercise guidelines for those with osteoporosis: McGonigle explores the UK consensus statement by Brooke-Wavell et al (2022) stating  that people with osteoporosis should undertake resistance and impact exercise to maximize bone strength; activities to improve strength and balance to reduce falls; and spinal extension exercise to improve posture and potentially reduce risk of falls and vertebral fractures. 
  • The progressive overload principle: In order for tissues to continue to adapt, load needs to be progressively increased in volume and intensity. Yoga is not progressive enough to significantly build bone density on its own.
  • The role of yoga for osteoporosis: Yoga can form part of the solution by improving balance and coordination and therefore playing an important role in fall prevention.

About Andrew McGonigle 

Andrew McGonigle has been studying anatomy for over twenty years, originally training to become a doctor and then moving away from Western medicine to become a yoga teacher, massage therapist and anatomy teacher. He combines his skills and experience to teach anatomy and physiology on Yoga Teacher Training courses internationally and runs his own Yoga Anatomy Online Course. His most recent book The Physiology of Yoga was published in June 2022. For more information visit his website or follow him on his other social media platforms. 

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Lizzy Prindle
Lizzy has been practicing yoga for over four years. She found her practice as her collegiate swimming career was ending; looking for a new hobby she began taking yoga classes and never looked back. She has carried her yogi mindset into her role as beYogi’s brand manager. Working alongside many teachers, studio owners, and yoga brands she has helped expand beYogi’s all-inclusive yoga insurance policy into an education-based membership offering much more than coverage.