If you’ve never done yoga before, the thought of starting over age 50 may seem daunting. However, yoga is far from being a “one size fits all” type of activity, as you can modify it to fit your needs without hassle.
In fact, everyone should be performing yoga, especially as you age; since it can play an important role in helping you maintain flexibility and strength through a range of low impact movements.
Strengthening the bones, muscles and increasing your flexibility skills improves mobility in aging, one of the key considerations for all adults heading into their seniors years.
Yoga is also an excellent mind-body exercise that greatly lowers stress, which is a culprit in numerous chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, obesity and even dementia conditions, such as Alzheimer’s.
Even better yet, yoga is free, as you do not require expensive equipment, and can be done in the comfort of your home. Not sure where to start? Join a yoga class, or hire a personal yoga trainer.
Here are some of the best yoga poses for healthier aging, incorporate these into your routine to get maximum benefits of yoga:
The warrior pose is a great standing pose that helps increase strength of the leg muscles, as well as improving bone density (as standing is known for doing). In addition, this pose also boosts flexibility in the hip region and inner thighs.
The bridge pose is extremely popular, owing to its benefits of strengthening the lower back muscles and hips. The bridge pose may be particularly useful for persons with lower back pain, or those who spent much of their lives at a desk job.
This pose is beneficial for stretching the hamstring muscles, similar to bending over but without the stress ion the lower back muscles. This pose is also useful for persons with poor circulation, as it drains blood flow from the legs and recirculates it through the heart.
If there was one pose representing yoga in all its glory, it would be the tree pose. At the core of the tree pose’s benefits is improving balance, very important in healthy aging to help prevent falls and tumbles, since falls are the one cause of injury in the aging population.
As your balance improves, raise your toes and heel higher so that your non-working leg is fully bent at the knee.Starting yoga in your 50s