Yoga for wise ones.
On the whole, we live longer than we used to, and we all want high-quality living and good health to be a part of our older years. As we grow older, however, we typically become more susceptible to ailments that are linked to aging, and, as a result, we tend to move less. The less we move, the more susceptible we become to a variety of ailments, and so it becomes a truly vicious cycle.
Although many of us feel that we should follow the advice of “taking it easy” as we grow older, that is actually what we shouldn’t do. Extended periods of sitting lead to muscular shortening, tightening and weakening. Lack of weight-bearing activity contributes to osteoporosis. Lack of movement and stretching leads to joint deterioration and loss of flexibility. Of grave concern for our senior population is the lack of balance which stems, in part, from sitting rather than standing and from not challenging one’s balance in various positions. Complications resulting from falls among people over the age of 65 frequently lead to a multitude of serious problems.
Many health concerns have been linked to the sedentary lifestyle which is typical of many older people, including, but not limited to, the following:
- reduced joint flexibility
- high blood pressure
- increased body fat and decreased lean body tissue
- low back pain
- breathing difficulties
- poor blood circulation
- vision problems
- chronic pain
- stress-related symptoms
- inability to sleep peacefully
Yoga is considered by many to be a tremendous tool for combatting the concerns of an aging society. Join other "Golden Yogis" for this one-hour class, where you will learn stretches and postures you can practice anywhere, any time. No experience required.