Yoga For The Elderly
Our senior population is growing rapidly as is their interest in leading active, fit lives. On the whole, we live longer than we used to, and we all want high-quality living and good health to be a part of our older years. As we grow older, however, we typically become more susceptible to ailments that are linked to aging, and, as a result, we tend to move less. The less we move, the more susceptible we become to a variety of ailments, and so it becomes a truly vicious cycle.
Although many of us feel that we should follow the advice of “taking it easy” as we grow older, that is actually what we shouldn’t do. Extended periods of sitting lead to muscular shortening, tightening and weakening. Lack of weight-bearing activity contributes to osteoporosis. Lack of movement and stretching leads to joint deterioration and loss of flexibility. Of grave concern for our senior population is the lack of balance which stems, in part, from sitting rather than standing and from not challenging one’s balance in various positions. Complications resulting from falls among people over the age of 65 frequently lead to a multitude of serious problems.
Senior's yoga is slow and graceful with only a few poses taught in one session. A lot more focus is given on breathing, stretching, balancing and meditation.
Since the older body has aches and pains in joints and hips and are tight around the heart centre, yoga sessions are designed to relieve.
Benefits for Senior
- Increases circulation giving vitality to the organs.
- Increases lifespan by slowing down the catabolic(decaying)process.
- Muscles and tendons are stretched during the practice reducing pain and stiffness in the joints
- The onset of Dementia can be curbed as the brain is stimulated.
- Concentration and focus are developed by mind training.
- Meditation releases the fear of death as the self learns that the spirit/soul is eternal
- As breathing is regulated and the organs are nourished, sleep is more restful.
- The body is less prone to lose balance thus preventting falls.
Recommended classes for Seniors: Yin Yoga 9.30am Friday or depending on fitness level any General Yoga session. (please refer to Timetable)