Seniors yoga

How do senior citizens thrive through their Golden years?

Getting older presents many gifts – maturity, grace, wisdom, experience, and perspective, to name a few. Growing older can also carry many challenges. Risk of life-threatening illnesses, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, joint stress and osteoarthritis commonly surface as you age. Psychologically and emotionally, seniors experience higher rates of depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. Memory can decline, balance can be impaired, and with that, sense of self can suffer.

Globally, the population is ageing rapidly. Between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will nearly double, from 12% to 22%. Mental health and well-being are as important in older age as at any other time of life, as approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder. Mental and neurological disorders among older adults account for 6.6% of the total disability (DALYs) for this age group.

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The greatest threats to the elderly are heart disease, stroke, and lung disease. Immobility, a significant source of stress are sensory impairments, back and neck pain, depressive disorders, falls, and osteoarthritis. Management of stress in seniors focuses on triggering the opposite of the stress response: the relaxation response, which helps lower blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen consumption, and stress hormones. Techniques to elicit the response include yoga, meditation, guided imagery, and deep breathing exercises.

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How can restorative yoga benefit senior citizens?

Improves balance

Helps improve and maintain balance through a variety of yoga poses.

Great for the nervous system

Slow-paced and deep breathing triggers the parasympathetic nervous system.

Improves respiration

Meditative breathing releases harmful toxins out of the body through the lymphatic system.

Encourages mindfulness

Slower movements of the body cultivate a deeper experience of the poses and breath.

Reduces stress and anxiety

Helps lower cortisol levels, increases blood pressure, relaxes the body and lowers heart rate.

Boosts immune system

Boosts the body’s immunity by putting oxygen in the blood and muscles through breathing.

Keeps blood pressure at bay

Allows heart muscles and internal organs to relax; thus, lowering pressure in the blood.

Helps lose body fat

Slower movements of the body cultivate a deeper experience of the poses and breath.