Getting older isn’t easy, and you may stop feeling comfortable in your own body. Yoga can be a huge benefit for seniors. Not only for the body, but also for the mind. It can help even to improve your quality of life and reduce the side effects of many illnesses that seniors face.
Here are 5 reasons why you should be doing yoga regularly as you age:
1. Yoga makes you more balanced and stable
Yoga poses are effective in giving you balance and stability. This help to give you stronger muscles and the balance will help make sure you have less injuries that result from falling or not being aware of your surroundings. Also, if you have fallen and gotten injured in the past, yoga can help you get better and be strong again.
Yoga makes you more flexible and improves your joint health
It is a gentle form of exercise that doesn’t risk you hurting yourself, like many other exercises. It is slow and controlled. If you have joints that feel stiff and painful, yoga is a great solution. Many people with osteoarthritis practice yoga.
You’ll breathe better with yoga
Yoga believes in the power of breath work, and can improve your respiratory system. Breathing well can really improve your health.
Yoga helps reduce high blood pressure
Many elderly seniors suffer from high blood pressure. In fact, it can cause cardiovascular disease as well as kidney disease. Yoga can benefit the elderly facing these issues by reducing oxidative stress. Strengthen your muscle as well as your heart and reduce the risk of heart attacks.
Yoga makes you less anxious and more relaxed
With age comes more problems and with these problems comes more anxiety. If you find you are spending most of your day feeling stressed, we highly recommend you start to do yoga regularly. Seniors who practice yoga find they are more relaxed in their day to day lives.
Yoga makes you live in the moment
Yoga encourages mindfulness and enjoy every moment. Listen to your body and be aware of what is right for you. Don’t worry about things you can’t control.