Many are not aware of the numerous blessings yoga provides for maturing citizens. I would like to share with you a few reasons why the aging population can benefit from yoga as well as various practices for receiving the blessings offered by yoga.   I believe it is important to note for those individuals who are turned-off by the idea of yoga that the practice does not have to be referred to as yoga…but rather “functional movement.”   Reasons to Practice Yoga:
  • Yoga increases your quality of life in all facets.
  • Yoga addresses special health concerns, injuries, or limitations in order to increase awareness and to avoid injury or reinjury.
  • Yoga is a proven form of stress management.
  How should you practice yoga to receive the blessings it offers?
  • Asana (postures)
    • Works with muscles, bones and connective tissues
  • Pranayama (breath practices)
    • Known as your energy
    • Works the respiratory system and the energy of your emotions
    • Known to combat insomnia
  • Level of Intellect
    • Sound healing
    • Chanting
    • Calms the mind and the nervous system
    • Used in India to improve cognitive function with the aging population and children with learning disabilities
  • Level of Character
    • Increases the quality of the mind and self through practices of learning to focus, concentrate and meditate
    • Allows us to learn more about our self and our experiences
    • Combats anxiety and depression
  • Level of Spirit
    • When your spirit is broken this creates a chain reaction of breaking down your whole well-being.
    • The mind becomes agitated, distracted and confused.
    • After this period the physical body begins to deteriorate.
    • Yoga fills your well spring and uplifts your spirit when practiced as a ritual.



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