Yoga for Healthy Aging
Author: Nisha Malhotra
We hear on a everyday basis as to how yoga acts as a contributor in correcting and managing our overall health. Regardless of how old a person is, studies support that yoga facilitates healthy aging. Every morning when I escort my child to the bus stop, I observe a large group of elderly people gathered in the society’s park practicing yoga. Off late in a quest of leading a healthy life, a lot of urban families are getting routed towards Yoga.
Yoga indeed is becoming a trend for elderly people for healthy lifestyle and inspired living. It is a versatile type of exercise and milder than other forms of exercise which makes it suitable for elderly. Some of the few benefits of practicing or making your loved ones doing Yoga are:
a) Helps in regenerating or reversing the process of aging and makes one feel younger than before.
b) Helps one live longer
c) Helps improve the blood circulation, overcome difficulties in breathing, stress-related problems.
d) Helps in the prevention of Osteoporosis and lessen the pain of those suffering from arthritis.
e) Improves muscle strength and reverses muscle loss that happens with age
f) Decreases anxiety and depression
g) The body’s capability to recuperate the lost health and flexibility is another benefit of starting a yoga routine.
h) Helps to refresh the mind, body and soul
At a holistic level, yoga serves as a powerful tool in combating the health concerns of aging. An improved sense of body awareness is also often seen in people who practice yoga regularly. For elders, this enhanced awareness can translate into an increased confidence in their ability to get around without falling. While yoga provides immense benefits for healthy aging, one should consult the doctor before starting it. Your yoga instructor also needs to be fully aware about your medical background before recommending any kind of asanas.
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