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Ageing and Yoga

Author: Bobbi Jo Harvey

Bobbi Jo Harvey

Everyone ages, it is an inevitable process that all human beings must go through. When we age, different parts of our bodies and muscles degrade in their performance. This is something that everyone experiences. Taking care of ourselves and or learning to take care of our bodies and listening to them is a very important part as we get older. Incorporating Yoga in our daily lives would be quite beneficial in enhancing the body’s performance and or curing various ailments that come as a result of these natural occurrences in our bodies. Practicing Yoga helps us take care of our health, and help with lessening the effects of other health conditions that could occur in the later stages in our life, that is commonly so, as the body gradually degenerates.

First it is strongly advised that you consult with a Doctor to see what your health problems are, this will help to determine what exercises you should or should not do. Understanding your limitations is a big part of it, as is being gentle, and not pushing yourself. Important thing to remember is to always listen and pay attention to what your body is saying, if in pain or hurting, cease the practice or do milder postures. Older individuals have limited physical abilities and you need to adapt to what you are able to do when practicing yoga. This will help make the most out of the benefits that you can receive doing yoga, and help to reduce any risks for injury or complications. Certain yoga positions massage the internal organs to help improve functions and to boost your circulation. This helps with your immune system and also can help with fighting off common ailments. Another great benefit is the increase in flexibility and the increase of lubrication to the joints, ligaments and tendons which help prevent rheumatic disease and arthritis. Also it massages all the organs of the body that helps the keep them functioning well. In addition, it detoxifies your body, washing out all the toxins that are in the body. There is research that says older women who practice regularly reduce the chances of possibly falling by 65 percent, due to the fact that they are more flexible in their lower half of body, helps them to improve stance and balance, and overall have more confidence in their walking abilities. Lastly, yoga and deep breathing have been proven to help with the aid in memory for older people.

Learning the asanas and taking the time to do them correctly is the only way to benefit from yoga. Start off with easy or mild yoga asanas, such as basic stretching or strengthening, and leave the challenging asanas for the higher skilled yogis. When choosing yoga asanas to perform, choose ones that are targeted to your specific troublesome areas of body, and slowly if desired build from there. You want to make sure the transition from one asana to another is slow, holding the asana, and relaxing in the position. If you find yourself getting tired go into shavasana for a few minutes, or until you feel ready to resume. For older people you need to reduce the length of time you hold an asana, and at any time you are feeling discomfort release the position. If you find you are having problems with balance, as it happens to many older people, use something to support yourself, like a chair, and do the asana.

Preparatory positions are always a great way to slowly start your practice, as are the Pawnanmuktasana series. It is recommended that you perfect each group 1, 2, and 3 in your daily practice before you move on to harder asanas. Some to mention are Padanguli Naman (toe bending), Goolf Naman (ankle bending), Goolf Chakra (ankle rotation), and then some great ones for your hips are Shorni Chakra (hip rotaion), Titali Asana (full butterfly) and Ardha Titali Asana (half butterfly). For more information on basic asanas there are many books, or you could go online and see demonstrations. There are always classes out in the community, at your local YMCA, gym, or yoga studios that offer beginner, gentle yoga, or even chair yoga is an option for those that aren’t very stable.

In conclusion, with yoga growing in popularity, it is becoming more available for any, and everyone to practice. With all the wonderful benefits that it has proven to help the body with from muscular, flexibility to respiratory, digestion, and blood circulatory and most important helping to aid in the prevention of diseases, it would be unethical to not start practicing. Taking care of yourselves and your bodies should an important priority that you put first in your life. As you get older you need to listen to your body and help it help you to age gracefully, it is never to late to start.

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