YOGA OVER 50
(Ageless Yoga for Baby Boomers!)
Join your fellow baby-boomers,
rediscover a mobile body, and a flexible mind!
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Sat at 11am
with our experts;
Margaret Chesson, Kate Flores, Paula Huffman and Anne Wright
YOGA OVER 50 meets the needs of students physically limited by age, emotionally apprehensive, or simply wanting to move a bit slower.
Students will practice learning the fundamentals of the postures with an emphasis on alignment, breathing techniques, and relaxation.
All ages are welcome!
Beginning a yoga practice as an older adult can be intimidating, especially if you're out of shape or working with health conditions. Although you don't want to jump into a 90-minute hot yoga class with a group of younger practitioners, starting a gentle practice for beginners can be an excellent way to stay active and lower stress levels. Yoga can have a number of benefits for people over 50, from healthy bones to flexibility to anxiety relief. Ninety-four-year-old yogi Tao Porchon-Lynch swears by yoga as a way to maintain a positive attitude, relieve stress and age gracefully. Students can can either find an individual teacher to work with when they first start out, or find a studio that works with beginner classes, and see if they tailor to baby boomers.
Starting up a new practice may come easily to you if you've been fairly physically active through your life, and if you're out of shape, you can walk straight into a YOGA OVER 50 class. Triangle Yoga offers classes with multiple props for modifications, and even then, new practitioners can always opt to sit in the child's pose or take a seated meditation during more challenging postures.
There's a lot to learn when it comes to Yoga, and most people over 50 run into issues like tight muscles, arthritis, and joint replacements. Practicing next to a young student isn't helpful...it can be discouraging. But surrounding yourself with your peers is thoroughly encouraging and nurturing.
If you're considering taking a YOGA OVER 50 class
the following information will help;
1. Get The Benefits Of Movement, Without The Strain.
Exercise is a crucial part of healthy aging, but high-intensity cardio or strength training can also put strain on the body. Regular exercise reduces the risk of death by a third and the cuts the risk of chronic disease by 40 percent. Yoga can be an excellent low-impact exercise options that's easier on the body than activities like running or weight-lifting.
Yoga will help you integrate an exercise program into your daily routine (if any) without the downfalls that you might come across in different training systems. It offers strength training by using the weight of your own body in may of the postures, and unlike regular strength training (because you're not adding any weight), you're less likely to get injured.
2. Increased Flexibility.
The gentle stretching of a yoga poses can go a long way in helping you develop greater flexibility, which can ensure that you maintain a good range of motion as you get older. A limited range of motion, which naturally declines as the body ages, makes older adults predisposed to falls and eventually get in the way of daily activities.
Yoga challenges parts of the body that may not be exercised in any other progra, like spinal flexibility. Yogis believe 'the body is as young as the spine is flexible.' Yoga keeps the spine pliable and circulation moving up in the spinal chord.
3. Yoga Can Relieve Menopausal Discomfort.
Certain yoga postures can also help ease the hormonal fluctuations of menopause. Poses like Bridge, Seated Forward Bend and Plow cN relieve uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, from hot flashes to anxiety to painful menstruation.
4. Promotes Good Bone Health.
A gentle yoga practice is not only safe for those with osteoporosis, but it can also be effective in preventing and slowing bone density loss. Whether you're looking to prevent osteoporosis or to relieve pain from an existing bone condition or fracture, gentle twisting poses and stretches can be beneficial.
Referring to a study involving adults with an average age of 68, bone mineral density (DEXA) scans were taken, half of them took yoga for 2 years, and then another scan was taken. Not only did the yogis not lose bone, they gained bone. The people that o didn't practice yoga lost bone density.
5. Yoga Keeps The Mind Sharp.
Taking quiet time out for yourself through a weekly or daily yoga practice can help relieve stress, and keep you centered and energized. When your body functions better, you're going to feel better. You'll have more energy, more vitality, and most yoga practitioners will say that regular yoga practice helps balance one's moods. Yoga is not only safe for older practitioners, but also effective in keeping the mind and body in good health.