The short answer is YES! But there are some important factors to be aware of:
Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become less dense, predisposing them to fractures. There are no obvious symptoms of the disease. Oftentimes, people are unaware they have it unless they’re tested for it, or unfortunately, they find out after they break a bone.
Exercise is an important component of the treatment plan for people with osteoporosis, but certain movements can increase the risk of fracture. Always check with your doctor to make sure it’s safe to proceed with exercise. In severe cases of osteoporosis, which are rare, yoga may not be advisable at all.
Yoga can be beneficial for people with osteoporosis. A small study in 2009 found that practicing yoga can actually increase bone density if done consistently and properly. Yoga also improves balance and flexibility, which can prevent falls and therefore prevent fractures.