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Wow! I was totally unaware that yoga could assist with increasing bone density. After stumbling upon this thread (while looking for info on osteoporosis), I went off using the search string "yoga and bone density." Low and behold, I found lots of articles (including this one from Prevention: http://www.prevention.com/health/fitnes ... 281eac____) that proved the yoga/bone density statement to hold validity. I personally don't have spina bifida, but it IS interesting that you should inquire about yoga's effects on that condition. Negative OR positive. If yoga is capable of increasing bone density, what's to keep yoga from alleviating the spacing or separation of the spinal area? Of course, like most things, DO talk to your doctor before participating in ANY physical activity.Whitneyclairer wrote:Bernie,
My student has an 11 year old son who has a very, very slight case of spina bifida. He does not suffer from paralysis, and you would never know unless informed. Her doctor said that it might get worse over the next few growing/puberty years. I mentioned how yin yoga stimulates the bones to help with bone degeneration, and she wanted to know if it would help her son grow vertebra bone.
I told her that might be a little different than keeping bone density levels, but I thought I would see what you thought. ???
I welcome all ages to class, but do you think that the practice will hurt her son with his condition? Also, is yin yoga appropriate for young practitioners?
Thank you for all your time and energy!!