Beginning Yoga for Seniors

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Beginning yoga for seniors is all about effective yoga methods for seniors. Yoga is an enriching exercise as it helps your physical health and general wellbeing of the body and the mind.

The practice of meditation, breathing, and many other activities have sound effects on the body. They help seniors attain greater flexibility and balance for the body and destress the mind.

Yoga is one of the most popular forms of exercising for seniors. Reports have it that the number of seniors participating in yoga is increasing every year.

This article will discuss what you can look forward to gaining from yoga as seniors, and the most straightforward exercise you can quickly start with.

Before going into any yoga practice, let’s understand the benefits you stand to gain from practicing yoga:
Like we highlighted in the introduction, there are a lot of benefits you get from practicing yoga. I find it fascinating about yoga because it cultivates a connection between the mind and body through postures with deep breathing and relaxation.

Although yoga everyone practiced is more focused on physical fitness than the spiritual part of it. Which could account for its popularity as there is no religious burden in it.

Yoga is safe for seniors and is a handy form of exercise to keep the body strong and healthy. Any age group can participate in yoga; make sure you check with your doctor before taking the step to enroll for yoga classes.

Things Yoga Can Help You Improve:

1. Improved Breathing:

BREATHINGThere is a breathing control yoga exercise called pranayama, which helps improve your lung’s activities. A study has shown that seniors who practice yoga for at least 12 weeks see an improvement in their respiratory function.

2. Better Sleep:
Having a good sleep is one of the most underrated health solutions. Many seniors have insomnia and have sleeping issues, which has a very adverse effect on their health. Yoga helps with this, as some of its exercise and meditation helps cool the mind and reduce sleep disturbances.

3. Improved  Flexibility:

Improved Flexibility

Although yoga everyone practiced is more focused on physical fitness than the spiritual part of it. Which could account for its popularity as there is no religious burden in it..

4. Reduced Stress and Anxiety:
Meditation is my favorite part of yoga because it helps me find a sense of peace, no matter the trouble going on. Living a stress-free life as a senior is very important for good health as your body can’t make the amount of stress it used to before.

Yoga through meditation and mindful breathing helps reduce stress hormones (cortisol) in the body. This leads to a reduced risk of anxiety attacks and depression. Research has it that most seniors who practiced yoga experienced a reduction in their stress levels.

5. Good Body Balance:

Good Body Balance:The right balance is one of the apparent results of yoga. Many yoga poses for seniors focus on strengthening the abdominal muscles and improving the body’s core stability. This exercise will help you have more strength and significantly reduce the risk of falling for seniors.

Some Starter Yoga Practices Ideal for Seniors:YIN YOGA
1. YIN: The Yin yoga practice that involves stretching the body’s deep connective tissue. It is a languid pose, and the focus is to hold it for a very long time.

This exercise aims to reduce the stiffness of the body and increase general flexibility. It is ideal for seniors and has no side effects.

2. ASHTANGA: Ashtanga is another yoga practice made up of a set of repeatedly performed poses over a specific time. The movement is a little intense and acrobatic.

ASHTANGA

They help to boost the heart rate and improve blood circulation. It has known to help in losing weight for seniors. Ashtanga is fast-paced and can be physically challenging for seniors at first, but if you take your time with it. It gets simpler.

3, KUNDALINI: Kundalini is a yoga practice used to boost awareness. It is made up of a series of physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and chanting.

KUNDALINI

It is an excellent stress-relieving exercise, and many seniors find it very appealing to improve their mental health.

4. HATHA: Hatha, as practiced in most classes, involves a slow-paced sitting and standing exercise, done in sequence with some breathing exercise.

 

HATHA

They help to boost the body and a host of other things. Hatha is highly regarded as the best type of yoga for seniors who are new to yoga.

5. Restorative: is a slow form of yoga that involves a lot of meditation. It is designed to help the participants reduce stress and tension without doing stretching exercises. In treatment, yoga poses are held for a long time, some for about ten minutes.

Restorative

Sometimes props are used to support the participants when needed. It has been proven to help seniors feel relaxed and content with life. In fact, a lot of seniors get so comfortable that they fall asleep during these poses. Treatment is ideal for seniors that have little experience in yoga.

6. VINYASA: Vinyasa is a form of yoga that involves matching your breathing with a series of continuous body movements. The routines are very fluid and quick and are done at different paces.

VINYASA

The emphasis in vinyasa is the transition between postures as you change poses; it can be likened to dancing. It’s enjoyable to try. It might be a little challenging, but it is also easy to get the hang of really quickly.

7. Bikram: Bikram is a form of yoga that involves heating the room to about 100 degrees and reducing the room’s humidity to about 40%. In this condition, the participants will spend about 90 minutes practicing a sequence of 26 poses and two breathing techniques.

bikram

Doing all this in this condition will surely get you to sweat a lot. One of the purposes of this exercise to help flush out body toxins through sweating and strengthen the muscles.

If you have any heart conditions like low or high blood pressure, this exercise might not be the best for you.

 

Finally

Thank you for reading this article and I hope you pulled out some workable information that you can use to make your life easier and more productive.

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Take care

Dr. Charles

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