Yoga for Seniors
Updated: Aug 3, 2018
Elderly yoga or yoga for seniors is becoming more popular every day. Many medical professionals today are finally seeing the major benefits yoga has to offer, whether it’s yoga for kids or yoga for seniors, age does not matter. The reason why is simple enough, yoga is incredibly adaptable and to different populations with diverse physical abilities and needs.
There are still many who can benefit greatly from yoga but unfortunately have the wrong image of yoga in their minds. Too often, yoga displays an image of a young person twisted up like a pretzel and they make it look easy. Those who are 60+ for example are less flexible and in many cases off balance, so the image of young people doing yoga poses can be somewhat intimidating.
However, those who are older and less flexible is exactly who yoga is for. Seniors can enjoy yoga practice and potentially benefit from it even more.
Is Yoga Appropriate for Seniors?
In most cases, seniors can absolutely do yoga. Many people with hectic schedules only find the time for activities like yoga in retirement. Though the tendency is to become more sedentary, retirement is the perfect time to pick up healthy habits that will promote longevity.
The benefits of yoga for seniors
Retirement is the perfect time to join a yoga class and get fully involved while promoting a healthier lifestyle. Benefits include increased muscle tone, balance, strength and a better overall mood too name but a few. Other incredible benefits include better posture, better sleep, and less stress. Yoga for seniors can help increase lung capacity as well, for example through pranayama (breathing exercises) you can improve your lungs exponentially.
But, as you well know, the benefits from yoga for seniors will not come overnight, and things must go at a slow pace in order to ease you in. By regularly attending at least three classes a week, you can enjoy the best yoga has to offer.
If you are brand new to yoga, Holistic Life Marbella offers a quiet form of yoga which is ideal for those who are 60 years old and older. Jessica your yoga instructor, makes sure the poses and forms are easy to handle and go at a pace you can easily get used to.
You will find that the yoga exercises in this class are not difficult, but keeps you vital and full of energy. This is perfect to help aid in the ageing process, keeping you feeling young and vitalised.
Yoga for seniors – why should you try yoga?
Yoga helps reduce the risk of falling because we work on your balance. We also teach you breathing exercises to lower blood pressure and most of all, we help you relax the mind. Also, another huge benefit of yoga for seniors is just getting out there and joining a fulfilling community. Seniors at often times feel lonely because they don’t go out as much as they used to or feel they simply cannot go out. Yoga for seniors can change all of that.
The best possible way to learn yoga is through in-person instruction in a yoga class surrounded by your peers. You will face no judgement here at Holistic Life Marbella and you will be welcomed like everyone else young or old. By attending classes, you will get the most out of yoga with the least risk of injury. Yoga for seniors are becoming increasingly popular and with good reason.
Yoga is incredibly adaptive
Even seniors with very limited mobility can still do yoga through adaptive practices. For example, there is in chair yoga, where all the poses are done with the support of chair. There is water yoga, which can be very therapeutic since the body feels weightless and moves more easily under water.
For those seniors who have arthritis, yoga for seniors can be a wonderful addition to your treatment. Many people with arthritis find that yoga helps improve their range of motion significantly. Just be sure to speak to your doctor before trying yoga, especially if you suffer from any chronic conditions or are very inactive. Those with spinal disc problems or glaucoma should take special care, as there are poses to avoid (twists and inversions, respectively).
For more information about Yoga for seniors, get in touch with us today and book a one-on-one appointment with Jessica to find out how yoga can help improve your life.