Yoga is enjoying a resurgence not seen since the 1970s.
This ancient practice has many benefits for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. Don’t discount it because you think you are not flexible enough – or can’t quite attain the positions reached by the Instagram Yogis that are so popular at the moment. There are many variations available! Particularly for seniors, who, at an age where they have attained maturity, wisdom and perspective, may be looking for a more holistic alternative than that found in your typical aerobics class.
Most fitness trends these days tend to focus primarily on looking good, but a regular yoga practice comes with many broader benefits, particularly for the more mature among us. The website Do You Yoga lists them as follows:
- Improved joint health and flexibility
Flexibility can decrease with age, but maintaining flexibility in critical areas such as hamstrings, hips, shoulders and neck can improve blood flow, decrease the risk of injuries and help to keep an optimal range of motion in the body. Yoga can also be a great pain reliever for people with osteoarthritis.
- Improved balance
Maintaining your sense of balance as you age is fantastic for combating the risk of falls. Many yoga poses require a focus on balance and stability, which strengthens not only the major muscle groups in the body but also the ones close to our core.
- Reduced blood pressure
Studies have shown that simple yoga practices done at home can assist in helping to reduce high blood pressure which can be a serious health concern for many seniors. The combination of light physical movement with techniques to calm the body and mind can be beneficial in lowering blood pressure.
- Increased mindfulness
Would you like to experience a sense of empowerment, a new level of meaning and importance to life and a greater feeling of connectedness to others and the universe? Yoga could be the answer. The meditation practices that yoga combines can undoubtedly help with seeing the positives in life and appreciating the wisdom and beauty that comes with ageing.
- Improved memory
One of the common effects of ageing can be a decline in memory. Focusing on the meditation side of yoga could have a positive impact on cognition, especially in the areas of attention, memory, verbal fluency, and cognitive flexibility. Certainly sounds worth a try!
- Improved digestion
Deep breathing can have an incredible effect on the digestive tract and assist it to do its job optimally by improving blood circulation and boosting blood oxygen levels.
That all sounds great, and, if you think you would like your yoga served with a dose of humour and even the inclusion of a furry friend or two, Yoga with Adriene comes highly recommended. With 100’s of free videos you can access via YouTube, Adriene has all yogis covered from beginner to advanced to seniors and everything and everyone in between.
Along with the benefits listed above, Adriene believes that yoga offers up a way for you to see a world that is working for, instead of against you. She reminds us that everything is connected so we must live, act and breath with awareness. SHARE this post with a friend who might like to hear about Yoga too!