Bone Health and Downward Facing Dog

Bone Health and Downward Facing Dog

We may not think about our bones very often, but at this time of year, it’s easy to see our skeleton everywhere. Yoga is a great vehicle for supporting the health of our bones. Let’s explore a few bone facts and take a look at Downward Facing Dog, one pose that activates every bone of the body.

• Bones are a living and active part of the body
• On average, your entire skeleton is renewed every 10 years
• 1 million sites are operating at any given moment in the skeleton
• Osteoclasts chew at our bones and Osteoblasts build the bone back up
• But when Osteoclasts start outpacing Osteoblasts, we start to lose bone
• Osteoporosis – literally, porous bone. It is a progressive loss of bone that results in bone thinning and increased vulnerability for the “F”WORD – Fracture.

Applying pressure to the bones and stimulation of the bones is helpful for bone growth and strength. Downward Facing Dog invites us to explore our entire skeletal system all at once, both the axial and appendicular skeletal systems are activated. All 206 bones of the body play a role in this pose. Step into the pose now and notice how each bone responds. Sense every bone from your skull down through the small bones of the hands and feet. Sense the strength in the large bones of the legs, as they rest inside the hip sockets and pelvis. Feel the freeing energy as it releases through your back body, travelling down the sacrum, through the spine, ribs, meeting at the scapula. Hold the pose for several breaths, bringing to mind the action of each bone.

And just like that, we stimulated every bone of the body.


NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is The Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.  We are a private sanctuary located in the heart of Highlands Ranch that offers specialized private yoga therapy programs, classes, teacher training, workshops and retreats.  Our founder is Nancy Levenson, a certified yoga therapist with a focus on providing wellness to our community.  To inquire about any of our programs, reach us on our contact form, or call us directly at 303.725.1434.

Breathe New Life Into Your Bones℠ – A Mind/Body/Nature Focus on Bone Health

Breathe New Life Into Your Bones℠ – A Mind/Body/Nature Focus on Bone Health

There’s no better time to contemplate our bone health than during the Halloween Season.  As one of the living systems of your body, having healthy bones and preventing bone loss is something we are all faced with, regardless of age. Your bone health is connected to your mind-body system and when one moves out of balance so do the others.  On October 27, during this 3-hour FREE workshop you will discover a holistic approach to managing your bone health.

You will creatively get to know and sense your bones, engage in prana/breath/energy for the bones, discover strategies to relax your bones, engage in a gentle nature walk to reduce stress and learn how to keep the adrenals healthy with movement and yoga.  You will experience the benefits of Yoga Nidra, a deep meditative sleep for combating the bone damaging effects of a cluttered mind.  Our skeletal system is alive.  At the end of this program you will walk away with a new appreciation of the framework that is your body.

Date: Friday, October 27
Time: 9:00 am – noon
Fee: Free to the community through a Grant
Capacity:  Limited to 30 participants
VenueLone Tree Hub, 8827 Lone Tree Pkwy, Lone Tree, CO 80124

To register:  Click Here to Register.  Program space is limited to 20.  If you have questions, please call 303.725.1434 or reach us through the contact form.

Bring sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, water, and a snack – Yoga mat and all art supplies are provided.

This program is brought to you by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC and The Lone Tree Hub – a community and enrichment center for all ages, part of South Suburban Parks and Recreation.

To learn more NamasteWorks Outdoors other nature & Mind/Body programs, visit You can also learn more about your two guides, Nancy Levenson and Courtney O’Malley.  To learn more about The Lone Tree Hub click here.

A Love Affair with our Skeletal System

by: Nancy Levenson

This Halloween give a little gratitude to your skeletal system.  When is the last time you contemplated the 206 bones of your skeletal system?  Or took the time to nurture the long, short, irregular and flat bones of your skeleton?  Not only are we blessed with an amazing design that gives way to structural support, but our bones provide protection for the organs, makes our movement possible, supports blood formation, stores minerals like calcium and creates PH balance.

And our skeletal system is alive.  Bones are a living thing just like coral.  While coral lives and grows under our sea beds, bones live and grow under our skin, muscles and connective tissue. We may not be able to see them, but our bones are constantly breaking down and rebuilding known as remolding and this goes on throughout our lifetime.  Our bones grow and thrive through healthy use and yoga is perhaps the only exercise that stimulates our entire skeleton through pressure applied on our bones.  And as someone who practices daily yoga, I know my bones are feeling the love.

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Our bones have memories, so why not give them something wonderful to remember today.  Practice your yoga with attention and awareness to the bones of your body.  As you move from pose to pose call out the bones in action and sense and feel how the bones are responding to each movement.    Breathe new life into your bones using mudras, like floating between Apana and Bhu mudra to energetically send prana from the skull bone to the phalanges of the toes.  Notice the bone damaging thoughts of the mind and reflect on how stress impacts the growth of the bones.   Finally, drop into Savasana and allow the bones their much needed rest as you scan from skull to mandible to hyoid to cervical to clavicle and so on and so on, having a love affair with your skeletal system this Halloween.

NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness is The Place to Discover Yoga as a Healing Art.  We offer specialized private yoga therapy programs, classes, trainings, workshops and retreats – with healing at the focus.  We serve clients suffering with anxiety, depression, stress, structural issues and respiratory and digestive diseases that seek wellness.  We custom tailor each client’s wellness program based on a vision of health as a unity of body, mind and spirit.