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4 Reasons Older Adults Should Try Yoga

Yoga is a type of workout that involves breath control, meditation, and body postures for health and relaxation. While it’s often depicted as a workout done by mostly young people, older adults can benefit from yoga greatly. September is National Yoga Month, and here are 4 reasons older adults should try yoga.

Breathing

Yoga focuses on breathing more than most workouts. Through an exercise called pranayama, lung capacity is increased.

Posture

Because yoga utilizes body postures that involve balance and stilled movements, you can expect your posture to improve.

Sleep

Yoga involves relaxation techniques which can reduce anxiety and treat insomnia by minimizing stress.

Arthritis

Many individuals living with arthritis have found that yoga significantly improves their range of motion.

Types of Yoga

There are different types of yoga that are recommended for older adults. They are:

  • Iyengar yoga: emphasizes making postures accessible through the use of props
  • Viniyoga: tailored to each individual
  • Kripalu: tailored to each individual
  • Chair yoga: all poses are done sitting on chairs
  • Water/Aqua yoga: yoga done in pools so the individual feels weightless

Where to Start

Yoga is accessible from books and videos. However, to be precautious and minimize any risk of injury, it is highly recommended older adults attend yoga classes. Yoga classes are becoming more and more accessible for older adults in the following areas:

  • Local senior centers
  • Retirement communities
  • Religious organizations
  • Health clubs
  • Gyms

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Posted on September 1, 2019