Yoga Strengthens Bones…

An unpublished study done at California State University, LA, found that six months of yoga, focusing on standing poses, significantly increased bone density in the vertebrae in 18 women between the ages of 18-65, compared to the control group, who maintained their usual physical activity. In addition, yoga’s documented ability to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol may help keep calcium in the bones because excess cortisol both decreases bone formation and increases its breakdown. (source: Timothy McCall, M.D.)

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