yoga for seniors
Watching the slow decline of someone with dementia is heartbreaking. While there is no cure, yoga and meditation are valuable tools for treating individuals diagnosed with dementia as well as reducing your risk for developing this disease.
In a fast-paced world, there is value to slowing down and enjoying the scenery. The same is true of our yoga practice.
Our brains, like the rest of our bodies, change as we grow older. Happily, research increasingly reveals how yoga serves to bolster parts of the brain most affected by aging.
With age comes wisdom and grace. As a yoga therapist, I’ve worked with many people in their 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s. Most come with health concerns. But overwhelmingly, they come with a desire to age gracefully. Along the way, I’ve learned a great deal from these “graceful agers” about the keys to growing older with vitality and strength, both of body and mind. Here are seven lessons I’ve learned:
Did you know that you don’t breath from both nostrils equally? Truth be told, nostril dominance switches every two to 2.5 hours without any interference from us. Sounds strange, but scientists have studied this phenomena, which the yogis discovered hundreds of years ago.
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Using the shoulders, upper chest, neck and back muscles to inhale creates a shallow and rapid chest breathing pattern. Instead, to breath deeply and fully, we need to use our main breathing muscle, the diaphragm, to engage in belly or diaphragmatic breathing.
What if I told you you could do a life-changing yoga practice that never requires you to get up off the floor?The practice of Yoga Nidra is a deeply restful, rejuvenating and healing practice that helps to reduce anxiety, improve cognition and support restful sleep.
Yoga Nidra, a form of guided meditation also known as “yogic or psychic sleep,” is a great boon to anyone who is recovering from surgery, feeling stressed or just needing a really good rest.