The Benefits of Yoga For Seniors

The Benefits of Yoga For Seniors

Yoga For Seniors


Yoga is a growing popular activity people do as a way to relax and get in shape. It is both spiritual and physically improving on a person’s health and mentality. It is not a religious practice, as noted in Hinduism, but a global practice that includes people of all ages. This includes seniors (ages 55+) and the benefits for older people who engage in yoga are very improving in terms of their longevity. Yes, seniors can do yoga like young people. 


Socially speaking, seniors attending yoga classes regularly establishes a sense of community with other people there. These types of social connections are important in maintaining health and wellbeing as people age. Physically and mentally, seniors who do yoga are like others who do it too: increased muscle tone, balance, strength, mood improvement, and breathing expansion. In a better balance, is better posture, and in a better mood, is clearance of mind when it comes to sleep. Studies show that yoga helps people who have trouble falling asleep. More sleep means energy for the next day.


Yoga can help people who suffer from chronic pain in their joints and muscles. The older a person gets, the less flexible they are with their limbs. Yoga improves flexibility and range of motion through physical positions that stretch muscles and get joints moving again. Balance and stability is quite important as people age because it starts to falter when people age. Yoga can increase strength in the legs and feet to keep them upright when they walk. The same goes for people who suffer from arthritis. High blood pressure can also be reduced for seniors, as well as any anxiety. 


Type 2-diabetes is common for people from ages 55 and up. Yoga, surprisingly, can stimulate the organs’ metabolism and keep it functioning. Specific poses are very helpful for those with diabetes to work on their pancreas. Yoga can also boost the memory, keeping the mind fresh, and stopping it from falling into losing memory cells as part of dementia and other mental problems. It can boost a person’s self-confidence, which is important in age. Other mental illnesses, such as depression, can be fended off because yoga can keep a chemical balance in the brain. It is all about relaxation and cleansing any imbalances within the brain. 


The older a person gets, the higher the risk of illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Joint pain, osteoarthritis, and other physical pain will also happen as people age older. Seniors experience higher rates of depression, anxiety, and memory problems including dementia and Alzheimer’s. Yoga is growing in popularity with seniors because of the physical and health benefits it has. Longevity is desired and for seniors, this helps. In yoga, it clears body and mind, as well improves on a person’s wellbeing – no matter the age. 



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