By now, you’ve heard it many times: Practicing yoga can produce significant benefit for older minds and bodies. But not all yoga practices, and instructors, are created equally and the data are beginning to show that injury may be just as common to older yoga practitioners as enlightenment. In fact, a recent article in The Washington Post revealed that yoga followers over 65 have a greater rate of injury than those who are younger. The key to preventing such injuries is making sure that you, and your instructor, recognize which types of yoga work best for aging bodies and your particular concerns. For more insights, check out the recommendations Here. But safely practiced, let’s remember that yoga can provide tremendous benefit, and the payback continues to expand as more research investigates the practice of yoga. For example, a recent piece in Harvard Women’s Health Watch reviewed encouraging data that suggests that a dozen basic yoga poses may increase your bone density, thereby helping ward off osteoporosis. Since we often have no early warning signs that we are at risk for osteoporosis, seems like mastering these poses may be a worthy goal, for our bones and our brains! So pull out your yoga mat and take a look at the recommended poses Here.