Starting on Friday 7th of April at 3:30pm 24/7 Yoga & Lifestyle Studio Sorrento, are excited to bring to you Goldie Oldies 55+ Yoga. Our Instructor, Jason will take you through this gentle 45 minute Yoga class that is designed with age in mind.
The benefits of Yoga for all ages is documented far and wide and there is never a better time to start than now, no matter your age or ability. Yoga, especially gentle yoga, can offer a wide array of health benefits. 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.
Here are some benefits Yoga presents:
Improves Balance and Stability
Many yoga poses focus on balance and stability, both incredibly important as you age. Strengthening your muscles and improving your balance prevents the likelihood of falls, which can be a common concern for the elderly. As Yoga improves strength and stability it also can assist in bouncing back faster should a fall occur.
Improves Flexibility and Joint Health
If you’re looking for a gentle exercise that increases flexibility, yoga is a great. Flexibility exercises such as Yoga are great if your joints tend to be achy or stiff. Low impact exercise can not only loosen your stiff muscles, they can also tone your supporting muscles and help prevent injury.
With age comes respiratory limitations and reduced tolerance to physical exertion. Anything that reduces oxygen in the respiratory system can have negative effects on the mind and body, Yoga promotes and strengthens the breath.
Reduces High Blood Pressure
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can lead to cardiovascular disease and is the second leading cause of kidney disease. Yoga can reduce 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.
Yoga classes are calm and restorative, relaxing your body and mind. When practiced regularly, yoga can reduce your sympathetic nervous system’s fight-or-flight response, which can cause inflammation of all kinds and wreak havoc on your mind and body.
Since so much of yoga is focused on breathing and listening to your body, an added benefit is the expanded awareness of Self through practice.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.”
-George Bernard Shaw