It's never too late to make yoga a part of your life. Many seniors are aware of the role that yoga plays in the prevention of disease, maintaining fitness and enhancing their overall well-being. The importance of having a sustainable and consistent practice as we get older that we can adapt to the specific needs of different ailments that unfortunately seem to affect us more as we progress through life can be hugely beneficial and mean to difference between an active, happy retirement and deteriorating health and enjoyment.
Yoga can help avoid loss of bone density- Yoga actually increases bone density by 1% a year when practiced regularly, mobility, hardening of the arteries, memory loss and hormonal fluctuations. A regular practice of yoga will improve circulation, maintain as well as regain balance (which is one of the most common ailments of age) preventing falls, increase lung capacity, dramatically reduces the likelihood of osteoporosis, strengthens the heart and aids digestive disorders. It promotes oxygen and nutrients to be transported to the cells and toxins eliminated more effectively. Deeply relaxing, yoga balances the central nervous system, reducing stress, hypertension and insomnia. It can also aid mild depression, promoting a positive outlook and self confidence. Meditation and Pranayama help to revitalize the brain, aiding concentration and improving memory function.
Using Yoga therapy treatments in addition to normal Yoga postures to help regain movement, rotation, and balance in a fun, healthy and social environment. Yoga keeps us young. As Swami Sarasvati says we should all aim to be "wise like owls and supple like babies".
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