Yoga Exercises for Seniors

Posted by Mike McQuinn on April 24, 2014 | no comments

 

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Growing older is the stage when you have more time for yourself, your family, leisure, recreation, and relaxation.  However, it is also when your body begins to degenerate which limits the types of exercise you can do.  This raises the need to stay fit and healthy practicing milder forms of exercise such as jogging, brisk walking, and even Yoga which can have a number of benefits from healthy bones to flexibility to anxiety relief.

Yoga Benefits for Seniors

Yoga is a form of exercise that adapts to your needs and abilities and deals with your whole being. It makes your body fitter and the mind calmer and more relaxed. Yoga is also beneficial in the prevention and control of common health and emotional problems that is linked with old age.

Getting Into Doing Yoga

Although beginning a yoga practice can be intimidating, especially if you’re out of shape or working with health conditions, starting a gentle practice specific to beginners can be an excellent way to stay active and lower your stress levels.  It’s also effective in keeping the mind and body in good health.  Starting up this new practice may come easily to you if you’ve been fairly physically active through your life, but if you are out of shape, don’t go straight for a walk-in class. Many studios offer beginner classes with props for modifications, and some even tailor to older adults. Yoga has become more tailored for the participants over the past few years. You will often see sitting yoga classes for participants who may be more physically limited and hot yoga classes for participants looking for more out of their yoga class.

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Now I know that we exclaimed to look for a beginner class if you haven’t performed yoga or might have some physical limitations, but Yoga is also on of the rare workouts that allows you to go at your own pace in a class. Many instructors will give more advanced and more basic pose options during the class. If you aren’t comfortable with the pose you normally may return to “child’s pose”, which is the defaults pose to fall back to in the event you get out of the routine or are feeling discomfort. Child’s pose is when you body and head is forward with your arms outstretched while sitting on your feet with your knees and thighs close to your chest.

Knowing Your Limits When Quieting the Mind and Body

In practicing yoga, know your body and respect its limits by not pushing yourself too hard in a pose. Yoga can only be effective if you practice it properly: the harder you try, the more you expose yourself to injury. Do not put more stress on your already stressed-out body. Remember that Yoga aims to quiet the mind as you exercise the body. If you feel pain, stop what you are doing and modify the pose or try a new one.

At the Manor on Marston Lake we frequently hold sitting Yoga classes for residents, if you are interested in the facility activities and yoga classes see our calendar!

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