A new study assessed the effectiveness of selected yoga postures in raising bone mineral density (BMD). The conclusion is that yoga raised BMD!
A ten-year study of 741 Internet-recruited volunteers comparing preyoga BMD changes with postyoga BMD changes.
They measured BMD using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometric scans. Optional radiographs of hips and spine and bone quality study (7 Tesla) were added.
Bone mineral density improved in spine, hips, and femur of the 227 moderately and fully compliant patients. Monthly gain in BMD was significant in spine (0.0029 g/cm2, P = .005) and femur (0.00022 g/cm2, P = .053).
Importantly, no yoga-related serious injuries were imaged or reported. Bone quality appeared improved in yoga practitioners.
Yoga appears to raise BMD in the spine and the femur safely.