Over 50 but Growing Younger with Yoga
What most people think of as aging isn't really aging at all. It's degeneration of the body from many years of misuse. If you have spent your whole life eating junk food, lounging around on the couch, or hunched over the computer keyboard your body will get still and sore. There's no getting around it, your body is a living machine and just like any other man made machine it needs to be maintained and cared for. There is a difference between your body and a man made machine, your body can regenerate and renew itself on a cellular level. Yoga can be the greatest tool you can use to maintain your body.
Yoga for people over 50 is becoming a trend. The "boomer" generation can reverse the process of aging and even feel younger than before. Many people are starting Yoga late in life and finding they are feeling better than they have when they were much younger. The body's ability to recover lost health and flexibility is a big benefit of beginning a Yoga routine. All you need is the ability to try and the patience to let your body go with the flow.
Yoga can is an ideal exercise for the prevention of osteoporosis. Yoga poses can also be used to alleviate the pain in the needs and feet of those that are suffering from arthritis. Some seniors have gone from not being able to get off the floor without help to a new energy and flexibility they though was gone forever.
If you don't exercise your body, your joints will stiffen and your muscles will get flabby and that will make you lose motivation to do any exercise at all. Those over 50 can do yoga even if they need to use props like chairs, straps, blocks, and other implements that will help them to do the exercise. These implements allow those that have misused their body for years can do the exercises. Seniors are rarely as fragile as what they think they are and Yoga can benefit those that are well over the 50's and 60's to regain the suppleness of their body. Modified versions of Yoga poses are also available, so there is really no reason to think that you can't do the poses.
Seniors are challenged to not just work on the easy poses, but to push themselves to reach their full potential. Seniors must listen to their bodies as well, but if they continue to practice the postures, breathing in the correct way and flexing those little used muscles they will reap the benefit from practicing Yoga.
Yoga can keep the mind active and make the joints and muscles like a well-oiled machine. Many seniors in their 70's and 80's feel younger, more positive and more agile after they started actively practicing Yoga. Yoga can also improve balance by strengthening the body and gives a senior an over-all sense of health and happiness in the later years of life.
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