Reaching ‘senior’ years is a time of wisdom, grace, experience and infinite knowledge collected from a life well lived. It is a time to feel proud of our achievements and to sit back and allow the pace of life to be in your control.
Growing old can bring many challenges too. Nothing stays the same and many of the simple things in life become a little more problematic, like opening a jar of Jam, lifting up the mattress to change the bedsheets, reaching up to the washing on the line and even navigating the steps in your own home.
Physically aging presents problems such as obesity, Diabetes, high blood pressure, staying strong, diminished bone density, keeping ones balance, general aches and pains and so on.
The good thing is that Yoga can help all of these things with very little effort.
Of course we must consider our diet and other healthy lifestyle choices but if you make Yoga part of your daily life then the benefits look something like this.
Improve Balance and Stability – by strengthening our muscles we prevents falls therefore Confidence levels improve.
Improve Flexibility and Joint Health – Stretching is great for joint health and loosens tight muscles.
Yoga Improves Respiration– many breathing practices help to strengthen the lungs and improve lung capacity. Good quality breathing is the key to life.
Reduces High Blood Pressure and Anxiety -Yoga practice involves focusing on the breath and slow movements, which can help trigger your parasympathetic nervous system, reducing the byproducts of stress and feelings of anxiety.
Encourages Mindfulness– As we practice we become completely focused on the present moment , the body, the breath and the mind become connected to create a calmer state of being.
Yoga is so much about the individual practicing in a mindful way and letting all else fall away. All anxiety, fears, attachments and un useful thoughts are placed to one side.
In years gone by 50 years old was considered elderly. Now up to age 65 we are considered Youth according to the (WHO) world health organisation. It is not until we reach the ripe age of 80 – 99 that we are thought of as Senior! Yoga can definitely make this possible.Leave a reply →