Tip #1 — Your Yoga School Should Request You to Complete a Health History
So, first tip is the school that you select should specifically ask you to complete a health history, and that health history should include health questions about your bone health.
Tip #2 — Your Instructor Should Review Your Health History
Two, your health history isn’t going to help anybody if it’s just tucked away. Make sure that the teacher or teachers that you choose to practice with review your health history. And one extra thing that Matthew didn’t mention, but make sure that that teacher understands what osteoporosis means. This is really critical.
I studied my yoga teacher training in the capital of Canada, and my yoga teacher was very well recognized within the city of Ottawa. And even her instructor that came in from the States was also very well recognized in her state.
But both of them when I questioned them about their knowledge about osteoporosis confidently said, “Oh, totally understand osteoporosis,” and then went on to describe to me, osteoarthritis — two very different conditions with very different contraindications and precautions.
So, ensure that you are practicing under the guidance of someone who understands your condition.
Tip #3 — Detailed Instructions on Postures
Tip number three, is the postures when they’re taught in the class should be given to you with detailed instructions. Props should be suggested, and precautions made based on your restrictions and limitations regarding your bone health.
Tip #4 — Your Instructor Should be Circulating the Class
Four, your teacher should be circulating and be giving you verbal and light touch corrections.
Tip #5 — Ask Questions
Five, students should be encouraged to ask questions. The class should be encouraged to be comfortable in all their postures, and control should be emphasized. This is especially true with balanced postures.
So, those are the five key tips on choosing the right studio and a safe teacher for you to practice your yoga. And one more really important tip that I have to share with you today, is if you do practice yoga and you have not yet purchased Yoga for Better Bones, I have a new edition out that talks about some of the recent studies supporting yoga and bone health.