In most cases, Yoga is a highly recommended exercise for seniors! Yoga actually serves as a natural antidote for aging. Life after retirement is a new beginning. Do not be constrained in the small social circle and the body conditions. Yoga can help to enhance mobility, cure depression and anxiety as well as build bonds and new relationships. Try out new things, meet new people and start a new life. Let’s see how Yoga can help you as you age!
Enhances Mobility | Yoga For Senior
As we get older, our joints will slowly lose their range of motion, muscles will start to stiffen, and we will be prone to chronic problems such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and arthritis. Yoga can help decelerate the effects of the aging process by maintaining muscle flexibility and softness as well as encouraging relaxation and strengthening muscles and joints.
Furthermore, the breathing practices and targeted poses in Yoga helps eliminate the stress that exacerbates joint pains and also strengthen and increase the flexibility of the joints. The level of uric acid can also get decreased by practicing Yoga, and contribute to lower occurrence of gout issue.
Cures Depression & Anxiety | Yoga For Senior
Generally, seniors have a higher possibility of experiencing depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. Their memory will decline, balance and ability function (i.e. Alzheimer’s disease) can be impaired, and sense of self can suffer.
Other than maintaining a close relationship with their loved one, seniors can also engage Yoga to help to keep the mind alert and awake, calm and relaxed. Regular practice of Yoga can reduce the fight-or-flight response of the sympathetic nervous system, reduce the inflammation of all kinds and wreak havoc on the mind and body. In addition, the breathing practice and slow movements in Yoga can help trigger the parasympathetic nervous system, easing stress and anxiety.
Builds Bonds & Encourages Mindfulness | Yoga For Senior
As we age, we will get more free time and the social circle will gradually shrink. This is where lots of seniors start to suffer from depression due to abundance of time and lack of company. Not only does Yoga practice helps to cure depression, but a regular Yoga class can also help establish a sense of community and friendship with teachers and classmates. These are the social connections that play a crucial role in maintaining one’s health and well being. Also, as you start practicing Yoga, the awareness of self will start to expand through practice. It encourages mindfulness for your body, thoughts, emotions, as well as one getting more connected to the environment, community, and the world.
Now you have all the time for yourself, why not do Yoga! You will be able to walk longer, go further, meet new friends and forge new relationships. Start your Yoga journey today!
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