It’s popular these days to say, “yoga is for everybody.” But is that really true?!!!
Can it really be practiced by everyone? Even those who, due to age, inflexibility, weight, injury, or need to practice completely from a chair?
In fact, seniors may be able to get more out of yoga than most students. Since the brain’s two hemispheres are used more equally as we age, seniors can bring a better overall awareness to yoga, thus utilizing the mind-body connection more effectively than younger students.
Keep in mind that many seniors who are physically fit have no limitations when it comes to practicing yoga, except maybe using adaptation devices that many younger people use as well, such as blocks, straps or just a chair. However, for those with balance issues, people looking to start slowly, or anyone who would just feel more confident in starting out this way, chair yoga may be the way to go.
It not only has the benefits of regular yoga, such as helping with stress, pain, and fatigue, but it can also help with joint lubrication, balance, and even age-specific issues like menopause and arthritis.
Gentle Yoga is suitable for people of all ages, but can be especially helpful for seniors. Gentle movement and stretching through beginners yoga poses can reduce swelling in joints while increasing joint mobility and improving balance which helps in reducing falls. Senior’s Yoga improves cardiovascular health, aids digestion and elimination, improves sleep and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. It has also been shown to speed recovery from surgery and also aid in the grieving process. One of the great things about yoga is that unlike most physical sports or disciplines you can start at any age. You don’t need to be physically fit or active to take up yoga.
Few people retain their strength and vitality in later years which makes yoga classes an ideal way to rejuvenate the body and revitalize the mind. Yoga is a very gentle and relaxing technique that helps relieve stiffness and tension from all parts of the body. Whether you’re 55, 85, or dont feel comfortable in a regular yoga class, it is never too late to take up a yoga practice.
Bring a yoga mat and your partner or best friend and experience for yourself the miraculous benefits of the ancient healing practice of Yoga.
Date: Every Monday
Time: 7:45 p.m to 8:30 p.m
Donation: $12 ($10 in a pkg)
Location: Ayurbeauty Wellness Center
2203 Hillcrest St. Orlando, Fl 32803