Yoga and your bones
Remain and hold the pose
It’s really amazing how beneficial practicing yoga can be. In general, moving and activating muscles will strengthen the bones. What makes a yoga practice so effective is that we remain in the pose and engage the muscles for some time.
Bones are structurally built to divert weight, pressure and pull. The distribution of pressure and pull is highly organized. Long bones are divided into a rigid center and spongy ends. Depending on how we are using our body, the spongy part of the bone (trabeculae) will organize its unique structure to support our activities.
Not moving and not bearing weight will result in bone loss.
Structure of bones
Keep legs active
Blood – Immune – Lymphatic System
Bone marrow is primarily located in ribs, pelvis, sternum, shoulder blades, skull and long bones (femur). This is where stem cells and new blood cells are produced. White blood cells then travel via blood to the lymphatic organs where they form together the immune system.
Conclusion: By moving a muscle towards a bone and then holding the pose will stimulate the bone’s membrane, the production of blood cells in the bone marrow and consequently the immune system. Provided, yoga is being practiced repeatedly this way.
Image of a bone
Open the pelvis
Boost your systems
All in all a regular yoga practice is not only beneficial to the musculo-skeleton, immune or lymphatic system, but to all other bodily systems as well. Enjoy!