Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

August 28, 2018

From relieving back pain to giving your body improved mobility, the stretches and exercises that yoga brings are a great fit for aging seniors. Yoga is a mind and body practice that typically combines physical postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation. Yoga along with meditation can be a relaxing experience for seniors. There are many styles, forms, and intensities of yoga. A good choice for stress management, hatha yoga is one of the most common styles; its slower pace and easier movements also make it a good choice for beginners and for seniors.

  • Lowers stress
  • Recovery from strokes and surgery 
  • Manage mental and emotional health
  • Manage arthritis, pain, and inflammation 
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Manage depression and anxiety

 
Because yoga is not a purely physical practice, there is flexibility to adapt one’s practice to meet one’s needs.  Yoga for seniors can be performed in a chair or practiced in the open air if you feel confident in your balance and stability. It also encompasses conscious breathing and meditation exercises, providing practice options appropriate for those of limited mobility. Practicing yoga can improve balance, flexibility, a range of motion, and strength, which means you're less likely to injure yourself in other physical activities or in your daily routine.
 
Find a class
If you are a senior and are interested in trying yoga, it is very important to consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, particularly if you have major health concerns or injuries. Online yoga is an excellent beginners resource, but depending on your physical capability, you may want to practice, at least initially, in a supervised classroom setting. Contact your local community center to find a close yoga class near you.