If you have done your yoga for the day, you might be feeling more relaxed than before. Regardless of your yoga expertise, if you practice it regularly, you are bound to feel better from head to toe. Yoga offers both physical and mental health benefits for people of any age. If you are facing an illness, living with a chronic condition, or recovering from surgery, yoga can become a core part of your treatment and help you to recover faster. Read on to learn more about the lifelong benefits of practicing yoga for older adults.
Yoga Improves Strength, Balance, and Flexibility
Deep breathing and slow movements can increase blood flow and warm up the muscles. Holding a pose can help build strength too. To get started, try with the tree pose. This is done by balancing on one foot while holding the other foot up to your calf or slightly above the knee at a right angle. Focus on the spot in front of you while you balance for a minute or so.
Yoga Helps with Back Pain Relief
Yoga is great for easing back pain and improving mobility for people who have lower back pain. Yoga is recommended as the first-line treatment for those who have chronic lower back pain. A pose to try will be the cat-cow pose. Do this by getting onto all fours. Place your palms underneath your shoulders and your knees underneath the hips. Inhale, and let your stomach drop toward the floor. Then exhale, as you draw your navel back inwards toward your spine, arching your spine like a cat.
Yoga Benefits Heart Health
Regular yoga practice can reduce levels of stress in the body which contributes to a healthier heart. Many factors contribute to heart diseases, such as excess weight and high blood pressure. This can be addressed by doing yoga. Use the downward dog pose, where you get on all fours, tuck your toes under and bring your hips up high. Keep a slight bend in your knees as you lengthen your spine and tailbone.
Yoga Relaxes You and Helps You Sleep Better
Having a consistent bedtime yoga routine will help you get into the mood for sleep. This helps prepare your body to fall and stay asleep. Try the leg-up-the-wall pose. Remain in this position for about 5 to 15 minutes.
Yoga Helps You Manage Stress
Evidence proves that yoga supports mindfulness, stress management, weight loss, healthy eating, mental health, and quality sleep. A simple pose to try out will be the corpse pose, also known as Savasana. Simply lie down with your limbs stretched out, with your palms facing up. Clear your mind while taking deep breaths. Hold this pose for about 10-15 minutes.
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