Become a Golden-Aged Yogi

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Yoga and Healing, Yoga Asanas

“Yoga combines balance, flexibility, and strengthening benefits.’ according to the publication on healthy eating and physical activity across your lifespan, by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases.  This reinforces the concept that exercise should be a vital part of everyone’s lifestyle – regardless of age.You can enter your golden years flexible and refreshed with the discipline of yoga. For senior citizens wanting an effective, life-changing workout, yoga offers the chance to reshape and revitalize one’s physique, with minimal injury risk and optimal benefits.

Fire up your motivation engine

If you need the motivation to get off the couch to start a regular yoga regime, consider that the regular practice of yoga is not just good for the body, but also for the mind. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, the practice of yoga is able to improve spatial and visual memory, reduce depression and anxiety  and increase resilience to stress. Furthermore, the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology shows that yoga may help lower heart disease risk. According to studies, it benefits the heart as much as conventional exercises, like brisk walking. Back and joint pain relief, better sleep at night, muscle toning and mood-boosting are further benefits of regular yoga practice.

Embark on a yoga journey

There different ways senior citizens can embark on a yoga program. One way is to join a health and fitness club or community center. Then there is the old-fashioned workout DVD. A variety of yoga options are available. What’s more, many trainers have video workouts tailored to seniors or conditions related to ageing, such as arthritis.

Strike a pose without a grimace

Start with the gentle positions and move onto the more challenging ones, giving your body a chance to adapt to the new discipline. There is a range of standing, sitting, lying down and chair yoga poses, or as they say ‘asanas’, to choose from. Chair yoga especially is recommended for senior citizens as it can be done while sitting on a chair and support by means of the chair is available. This chair yoga has immense benefits, such as relaxing back and neck muscles, releasing tension and fatigue and increasing flexibility, while improving balance. This means that you can reach down and touch your toes regardless of age.

It is advisable to practice two to three times a week, in addition, to learning to listen to your body and take it at your own pace. Before you start, remember, a yoga pose should never cause any pain. If you experience any pain in a position, you should move out of the position immediately.

 By Sally Writes

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