Stretch your boundaries and improve your life by adding yoga to your regular exercise routine. With consistent practice, you’ll look and feel great and enjoy a variety of benefits.
History of Yoga
You may think of yoga as new and trendy, however, the ancient practice began in India more than 2000 years ago. While yoga has evolved over many years, the primary focus remains on mindfulness, unity, and discipline. Each precise movement of the body is designed to facilitate meditation.
Benefits for Seniors
When you picture a yoga class, you may not see seniors as the primary participants, but the low-impact exercise and benefits certainly make it an appealing practice for older adults.
Reduce joint swelling
Improve core strength and mobility
Build balance and help prevent falls
Create higher muscular endurance and stamina
Build greater bone density
Reduce stress and improve sleep
Tips for Beginners
Poses should never hurt. If you feel pain or discomfort, move out of the pose slowly, but immediately.
Focus on your breathing. Steady, deep breaths will help relax your body.
Be patient. Like any athletic pursuit, yoga takes time and practice to master. Remember that focusing on form will help you get the most out of your time.
Practice a few minutes each day. Studies suggest that just 12 minutes of yoga a day can deliver results.
If you are able and feeling adventurous, consider a class. Join a beginners group and receive the benefit of instruction regarding your form.