The purpose of this pilot study was to observe whether Bikram Yoga training helps bone growth or arrest bone loss in women. In this study, the bone mineral density (BMD) was measured at the hip, spine and whole body for a group of 14 pre-menopausal women. These 14 women had participated in Bikram yoga classes at least three times a week for three or more years. DEXA scan’s were used to measure BMD at the lumbar spine, hip and the whole body. In addition, the Z- scores were calculated for each subject at these three locations. The study results indicate that the BMD at these body areas of this group of women is generally above the mean BMD expected for normal, healthy, women of comparable age and ethnicity. Overall the study findings suggest that the intervention of Bikram Yoga training may be beneficial for skeletal health and could prevent bone loss.
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