Yoga is not only an excellent form of exercise but also works at keeping you young. Practicing yoga regularly helps you both physically and psychologically; it keeps the body strong and flexible, and the mind relaxed and positive. It also helps you to develop self-discipline and a healthy lifestyle. Most aging occurs because of lack of exercise, stress and poor eating habits. Yoga reverses all of these causes of aging ensuring that you maintain a flexible body and open mind throughout your life.
Yoga can be taken up at any age and can be practiced well into your nineties and it can be adapted to suit the challenges that each stage of life presents. The therapeutic use of yoga can have a positive effect on a range of illnesses and conditions, including severe asthma, high or low blood pressure, heart problems, some forms of cancer and multiple sclerosis, in all cases it should be used only with the guidance of an experienced teacher and in consultation with your doctor. Yoga practice is also invaluable during pregnancy, especially with developing strength, flexibility and breathing. An experienced yoga teacher is recommended at this time.
Yoga For Beginners
Many people initially take up yoga because of injury or loss of mobility. It is an excellent technique as it has a low impact on the body whilst building strength and flexibility. Yoga programs for beginners include yoga philosophy, the basic asanas (postures), and a structured program for developing strength and flexibility. For beginners a regular practice of easy poses and breathing exercises is recommended for 20 minutes every day.
The simple and easy-to-do yoga poses condition your body and lead you to the next level of practice. Yoga props such as blocks, blankets, belt and chair can be used to provide the support you may need to accomplish a pose. Also, props are useful for helping elderly, ill or injured people to practice a particular asana, where physical limitations may make it difficult to do a full pose.
A typical yoga program commences with warm-up exercises which are essential to relax the whole body and prevent the possibility of injury. They then progress to a variety of poses which focus on the main areas of the body such as the back, legs, knees, hips, shoulders, neck and spine. These areas of the body are worked on through a series of sitting, standing, supine, prone, inverted poses and backbends, and finishing off with relaxation poses.
Yoga For Seniors
There is no age limit for practicing yoga. Yoga has so much to offer for everyone. During retirement people have more time to discover new things in life and enjoy life to the fullest. But it is at this time when additional care must be taken as there is an increased likelihood of being affected by arthritis, incontinence, rheumatism, memory loss, etc. Yoga programs especially aimed at seniors are designed to cater for their special needs and postures are modified to take account of the differing levels of flexibility and health. Yoga helps seniors to stay active, relaxed and happy.