Yoga is a fun and rather addictive form of exercise that can actually help you stay fit and healthy throughout your golden years. Whilst yoga is a form of exercise it also brings with it many health benefits.
More people are turning to yoga as a way to reduce modern day stresses and to help achieve power over conscious thoughts and to unite the body, mind and soul. When you practice yoga, you gain full control of your bodily functions including that of the central nervous system.
People that exercise using yoga daily noticed a marked improvement in their outlook and self-esteem. Problem solving becomes easier, thoughts become more positive as well as strengthening your body. Yoga has been enjoyed for well over 3,000 years, first established in India.
Health care practitioners are now realizing the huge health benefits of yoga and are recommending it to their patients for stress relief, pain relief, strengthening joints and arthritic pain. Even those affected with CFS, chronic fatigue syndrome find benefit in their daily yoga.
Yoga is not all about stretching and lunges, it combines spirituality, exercise, positive thinking, meditation, relaxation and special breathing techniques to help you enjoy good health as you age. Yoga gently stretches ligaments, tendons and muscles to allow more flexibility in movement and also stronger muscles means better joint support.
How Many People Practice Yoga?
Yoga is a loved practice for many Yogis worldwide. According to recent statistics, Yoga is practiced by almost 37 million Americans at least once a month. This is up 17 million from just 4 or 5 years ago so it is rapidly gaining in popularity among Americans. 75% of Americans agree that yoga is a healthy program to adopt. Yoga includes all aspects of fitness, gymnastics, health and training.
Health Benefits of Yoga
- Reduces Stress
- Balances The Mind,This helps you control your thoughts. Gain power over nagging doubts and worries.
- Helps You Lose Weight
- Maintain a Healthy Weight
- Firms and Tones Your Body
- Most yogis say they feel immense peace and calm and that they finally have control over their body and outlook on life.
Top 5 Reasons People Turned to Yoga
- Stress Relief
- General Fitness
- Improve Overall health
- Mental Clarity
How to get started with yoga for seniors
First, we recommend you visit your family physician or doctor and get the “all clear” from them. When your doctor approves of your choice of yoga start out slowly.
Don’t ignore the meditation and meditate exercising. Yoga has a natural way to help you easily connect to your spirituality. This may seem odd at first for you but stick with it, a new you is blossoming.
When you first begin yoga, it would be a good idea to partner up with a friend or work colleague. Join a group or local yoga school just to get started on the right track.
Yoga group sessions will inspire you to continue your journey to health and wellness as well as being as fit as you can be as you age.
- If you live alone, having a yoga support group is necessary so you can get quick answers to your questions.
- If you cannot find a group in your area, visit your local library. You can also purchase books that train you how to enjoy yoga.
- Watching yoga videos are a great way to ensure that you are doing the movements the right way.
Once you have the basic movements memorized you can begin practicing at home. Most people like a dedicated yoga space for their daily regime.
You will need a quiet area free from interruptions. It helps to play some calming yoga music too.
When will I see changes from my yoga practices?
It takes time and patience to visibly see the results from your daily yoga practice. Internally you should begin to feel calmer, more in control and actually look forward to your daily sessions.
Your body will become more flexible, your muscles more toned and you will have an overall sense of health and well-being.
Don’t rush it. Yoga is teaching you to control your thoughts, emotions and body. It takes time but the rewards are well worth it.
Enjoy your yoga practices, create a unique space that reflects the calmer more in control person you are soon to become.