Yoga and Seniors

 

A trained yoga instructor conducts Gentle Yoga sessions for our residents, every week. This activity is enjoyed by many of our residents and is always well attended. The yoga sessions for February will be conducted every Friday. Check out our February Activities Calendar to see all the other activities that our residents will be enjoying this month.

Yoga has been shown to help alleviate or reduce many health challenges faced by the senior population, making it an increasingly popular exercise choice.

HEALTH BENEFITS TO SENIORS

Sleep: Yoga practice improves the quantity and quality of sleep among the geriatric population.

Strength/Arthritis: Yoga improves strength in individuals suffering from arthritis.

Diabetes: Over time, Type II diabetics can achieve better blood sugar control and pulmonary functions when they follow a daily Yoga regimen.

Hypertension: Regular yoga practice can show a decrease in blood pressure, as well as a decrease in blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides.

Excess Weight: Practicing Yoga regularly for at least half an hour per week may help offset middle-age weight gain (Kristal et al, 2005). It is estimated that people typically gain about one pound per year between the ages of 45 and 55.

Mood/Anxiety: Moods and anxiety levels improve as a result of regular Yoga sessions.

Chronic Pain: Yoga practice has been shown to aid those suffering with chronic pain.

Lung Problems/Breathing Difficulties: Breathing difficulties in Bronchial Asthmatics can be relieved by practicing Yoga-chair breathing procedure composed of simple neck muscle relaxation movements and postures (or “asanas”) with breathing exercises.

This article is from American Senior Fitness Association, please visit their site for the complete article.