Yoga for Your Golden Years: Improve Flexibility and Balance

Jia Hui

Jia Hui is a content marketer who loves helping others and hopes to make this world a kinder place in any way she can.

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Jia Hui

Jia Hui is a content marketer who loves helping others and hopes to make this world a kinder place in any way she can.

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Movement is so important at any and every age but it becomes even more important as we grow older. While there is evidence that suggests the more active and fit you are at an early age, the more likely you are to have certain issues with your joints, there is no age limit on when you should prioritise your physical health. Physical activity doesn’t have to mean intense workouts; it could actually mean the simplest of things that are extremely easy to incorporate into your life.

When it comes to physical fitness, it can be as simple as yoga. It’s important to understand that the practice of yoga itself comes in so many different sequences that they can be adapted to anyone and their needs. Not to mention that they are proven to improve both physical and mental aspects of people’s lives, it would be silly not to at least try them, whether you join a class or do some at home.

The Best Types Of Yoga For Seniors

Hatha

Hatha is a generic term that takes bits from all the different forms of yoga that all focus on physical postures. In most cases, classes that are advertised as Hatha are for those who prefer a much slower-paced sequence of both sitting and standing poses. This would be perfect for beginners in the world of yoga who also don’t want to overdo it.

They are typically all about stretching and breathing, waking up your muscles and joints and that’s why this is very suitable for seniors.

Lyengar

This yoga is a methodical and precise form so it focuses entirely on form. Even accessories, such as blisters and blocks. Straps and incline boards. It’s common that with all the shrugging and sitting at office chairs, our posture is likely to change so these props encourage all people to fully extend and get the full stretch out of each move, further improving the experience and results. This form of yoga is perfect for those who suffer from arthritis or other chronic conditions.

Restorative

This yoga is slow, stable and meditative and caters to those who are hoping to release tension passively without stretching much. There are also props involved that help support your body in certain poses that are stagnant for a longer period of time. Some poses are supposed to be held for up to 10 minutes so these props can ensure that you are fully extending and getting the absolute most out of your yoga session. This is great for seniors who may not be able to move as much or those who want to cultivate relaxation and contentment.

Yin

Like restorative yoga, yin yoga is both slow and focuses on holding poses for long periods of time but it actually involves no active stretching either; it’s all focused on the deep connective tissues. This practice could go along easily with restorative, as it’s in the same gentle boat but yin can help relieve stiffness and enhance flexibility.

What Are The Benefits of Yoga For Seniors?

These are just a handful of the yoga styles that seniors can get involved with if they are new to the world of yoga. There are, of course, other styles that are focused more on movement and flexibility so there is always something for everyone, depending on what you are looking to get out of it. We have glazed over some of the general benefits of yoga for seniors but what exactly are you going to get out of doing yoga every day?

Improved Flexibility

Yoga poses gently stretch and lengthen your muscles, which can help fix those injuries but also increase your range of motion. This is essential because, when you are older, you don’t need to rely on anyone else to get you to and from rooms.

Enhanced Balance

Yoga poses often involve balancing, depending on which style you are going for. This strengthens both your core and body awareness, promoting better balance and reducing the risk of falling greatly.

Increased Strength

As you get older, you tend to lose a lot of things if you aren’t putting in a consistent effort to maintain them, and strength is one of them. Holding poses, even the gentlest of ones, can help engage different muscle groups and improve your overall strength.

Final Thoughts

Starting your journey with yoga can happen at any point in your life and you are never too late to take up a healthy habit. Yoga is linked with such a huge variety of health benefits that it becomes almost non-negotiable to incorporate it into your routine so get your gym leggings on and start your healing journey today!

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