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Yoga for seniors

It is never too late to start a yoga practice. You are never too old to practice yoga. You just need to have an open mind and an open heart.


Can a senior do yoga?


Many seniors think that yoga is intimidating or even an unattainable practice. The fancy poses, inversions, and intertwined legs and arms are even hard to understand how someone got there. That's for me - is what a senior would probably think.


Yoga is accessible to everyone.


When you start studying and deepening your knowledge of the yoga philosophy, you understand that you can attain physical and mental well-being by performing easy and accessible poses. The physical postures, called asanas, represent just one of the eight-fold limbs of the yoga philosophy.


It is about how we move our bodies.


It doesn't matter if you can bring your ankle behind your neck or if you can hold an inversion for more than three minutes. You can attain the same benefits in different and more simplistic ways. Moving the body in specific ways will impact your energy flow and work with your connective tissues, muscles, and bones. But what makes a real difference is how we coordinate the movement of the body with our breath.


Conscious breathing is vital.


A consistent and conscious diaphragmatic breathing combined with body movement is the path to release stiffness, tightness, and soreness in the body.


With aging, joints become stiffer and less flexible because the synovial fluid inside the joints decreases, and the cartilage becomes thinner. Also, muscle fibers reduce in number and shrink in size. Thus, moving the body is instrumental for aging healthily. It might be hard sometimes, but it becomes easier when you breathe consciously and consistently while doing the poses. You can use each breath to release one inch of stiffness and tightness at a time.


When you perform the yoga poses, you pull more blood to your body and your brain. More blood means more energy and oxygen, which makes our brain function better.

On top of that, it activates our parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for the "read and digest" state, leading us to a calmer and more peaceful state of mind.


Props: they are here to help you


When you feel that you won't reach a specific part of your body or are losing balance, the props are here to rescue you!


Yoga props are essential to provide extra support in some poses. Using tools like blocks or straps can help offset a limited range of motion or tightness and help make a pose easier to get into and hold.


The chair is a superb ally when it comes to seniors with more physical limitations. It will allow you to take advantage of yoga's benefits with stability and support.


If you were still a bit hesitant, don't waste another minute without practicing yoga! It will increase your blood circulation, decrease blood pressure, anxiety, inflammation, and chronic pain. You deserve to bring the feeling of well-being into your life!



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