Lately, I have been taking my mom to a restorative yoga class and she is over the moon with the results. My mom suffers from arthritis. With the training she receives from yoga and the resulting strengthening of her back muscles, she claims to have a better ability to hold in her stomach muscles as well as being able to better manage her pain. She also suffers from asthma and feels it has improved her respiratory function. And . . . she lost 25 pounds. YIKES. No wonder she is over the moon. ☺
SENIORS CAN BENEFIT FROM YOGA
“Yoga, especially restorative yoga, can [offers] a wide array of health benefits—working physical and psychological wonders. Seniors, who often struggle with pain, joint stress, imbalance, osteoarthritis, and other physical limitations, can benefit from incorporating a yoga practice into their daily routine.”
TYPES OF YOGA FOR SENIORS
Restorative Yoga - “A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends.”
Chair Yoga – this is a yoga program that is modified to use a chair for support – for those unable to stand for long periods of time or unable to use a mat.
Water Yoga – you guessed it. This is yoga done in the water. This is preferential for some because it is low-impact (designed for lower or no stress on your body) and can help reduce joint pain.
Hatha yoga – actually all yoga incorporates Hatha Yoga and is the basic poses of any yoga program which teaches physical posture.
WAYS YOGA CAN BE OF BENEFIT YOU
Strengthens your muscle
Improves your balance
Increases flexibility and joint health - “studies have shown that people with osteoarthritis have been better able to manage their osteoarthritis.”
Improves respiratory function – recent studies have shown that a 12-week program of yoga can influence respiratory health in the elderly.
Reduces high blood pressure – “Recent studies have found that yoga reduces oxidative stress in the elderly. Oxidative stress is one of the underlying causes of high blood pressure and, especially for seniors, is a strong risk factor for heart attacks.”
WHERE TO FIND YOGA CLASSES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Renaissance Senior Center 3800 S Econlockhatchee Trail Orlando, FL 32829. Phone Number: (407) 254-9070
Serenity Yoga 1200 West State Road 434, Ste 212 Longwood, FL 3275 Ph 407-272-5011
Lake Mary Senior Center (M, W, F) 911 Wallace Court Lake Mary, FL 32746 Ph. 407- 585-1466
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” -George Bernard Shaw
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