Yoga For Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

Yoga For Osteoporosis and Osteopenia - Virtual 4-week series

Instructor: Laura Imbornoni

Tuesdays, October 4- 25 | 6 – 7:15 pm | Online Event | $35 Members/$40 Non-members

Deadline to register:  October 3

Have you been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia? Have you practiced yoga in the past? This four week series using yoga to mitigate the effects of osteopenia and osteoporosis may be right for you. The twelve-minute sequence of yoga poses was originated by Dr. Loren Fishman, MD, who is on the staff at Columbia University Medical School. It has been shown to be effective, low-cost, and without significant side-effects.

Dr. Fishman’s Method has none of the infamous side effects of the bisphosphonates and other medications currently available. Instead, its other effects improve balance and posture, coordination, strength and range-of-motion, and lower anxiety, elements that also reduce the risk of fracture.

SESSIONS. The twelve poses will be blended with complementary warmups and yoga poses to offer well rounded sessions. There will be a brief talk about bone health and yoga, and time for questions and answers. There will be a complete relaxation at the end of each session.

PAST RESULTS. According to Dr. Fishman, in over 150,000 hours of using this yoga method worldwide, there are no reported fractures or other serious injuries of any kind. Several hundred patients had before and after X-rays of spine and hips, showing no abnormal progression of arthritis or other conditions. 

RESEARCH. In a large (741-patient) study, the poses taught to mitigate osteoporosis and osteopenia raised the mean values of spinal and femoral bone mineral density. Here is the URL for that peer-review study:


  • For this specific series, some familiarity with yoga.
  • Ability to do standing and seated yoga poses, as well as poses lying on the floor.
  • Ability to postpone eating a meal at least two hours prior to the sessions. Small snacks are fine.

WHAT to BRING. Bring a yoga mat, a yoga belt or tie, a yoga block or firm cushion or bolster. Bring a sturdy chair, like a folding chair, you can move around, but that won’t move around on you if you’re using it for support. If you can set up by bare wall space, this will be very helpful. Dress comfortably in stretchy or loose clothing.

About the Instructor:  Laura Imbornoni

Instructor.  Laura Christian Imbornoni, M.Ed., leads yoga classes, expressive movement workshops in the community.  She has a special interest in healthy lifestyle, and balancing personal life with work and other responsibilities.  Laura is a certified Yoga Instructor, Movement Therapy graduate, Yoga Therapy graduate, Holistic Health Educator, Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Transpersonal Life Coach, and is certified in Integral Breath Therapy.:

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