on May 2, 2010
Getting a diagnosis of osteoporosis at any age is not fun. Finding information on all the options can be overwhelming and disheartening. This book gives you the nitty gritty of what the disease is about, the medical options to reduce some of the physical deterioration, and specific yoga exercises that are safe and effective to further improve ones physical being - all in one book!
I love yoga, and initially thought I would have to give it up. This book not only gives you the exercises that help your bones, but gives variations for each exercise for those with osteopenia and for those who want to prevent osteoporosis.
Thanks to the authors for writing this one, and to my yoga instructor who was enlightened enough to recommend it to me.
on January 9, 2012
This is an excellent book for anybody who either has osteoporosis or wants to prevent it. The book gives a very complete explanation of how bone is made and how it changes with age that is easy to understand along with an equally good explanation of why Yoga is the best thing one can do for osteoporosis and its prevention. There is also a pretty good review of the various drugs on the market for Osteoporosis and the significant side effects they all seem to have but at the same time the authors try to be balanced and aren't promoting Yoga to the exclusion of everything else. The main part of the book is devoted to very excellent explanations of the various poses with photos and alternatives if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia or simply want to prevent getting either. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Yoga, not just those with osteoporosis who want to learn more about its incredible benefits. I am so impressed with this book I will be ordering the partner book Yoga for Osteoarthritis by the same authors.
on February 19, 2013
The instructions in this book are excellent, as are the theory and the research. There are too many yoga resources for general health or people in general. When someone is new to yoga and - as is increasingly the case - looking for help for health issues, then yoga can not be general - nor was it ever intended that way.
Yoga for Arthritis and Yoga for Osteoporosis are both brilliant resources for their target audience. And, in fact, because the yoga is presently so well, the yoga asana (poses) are so well described, these books will augment any serious yoga teacher's collection of material and be very useful.
on November 19, 2010
For anyone concerned about trying or resuming yoga after a diagnosis of osteoporosis, this book provides very useful instruction on how to do poses in a manner that is safe for people with this condition. It provides modifications to poses for those with osteoporosis, osteopenia (almost osteoporosis)and those without either, but just wanting to prevent developing a problem with their bone density. Such modifications are also useful for those who are just extremely stiff, inflexible or sore and wanting a way to ease into the poses. It makes starting up with yoga a lot less intimidating!
on November 19, 2015
For anyone who wishes to keep osteopenia and osteoporosis at bay this book gives a tremendous amount of information and helps with understanding the condition and its implications.
The suggested yoga poses are detailed with photographs and clear written instructions.. I would recommend using the book in conjunction with classes at an Iyengar yoga studio, or with Iyengar trained yoga teaches.
Every yoga teacher should know this book is an excellent reference book for their library.
Dr. Fishman's research is continuing and perhaps there will be a further book on this subject.