Over 50? Do you know why Yoga is so good for you? Do you know the benefits of even 10 minutes yoga practice daily?
I have discovered a few things about yoga since I started practicing over the last year. At first I had my doubts about whether I could do it and actually felt it was more for people who lived an ‘alternative lifestyle’ and not for a conservative person like myself BUT NOW I’m certainly a convert!
There are a myriad of reasons why Yoga is an excellent way to exercise but I’ve selected my 5 top reasons.
Over 50s 5 Benefits of Practising Yoga
1. Increased Flexibility
Since the start of the year, I have been doing Yoga at least 4 – 5 times per week. Some days might be 1 hour others might be 15 or 20 minutes. Because I run, my hip flexors are very tight but now that I am doing yoga regularly I can’t believe how quickly my flexibility has improved. I can know touch my toes and I have increased depth in all of my poses. I’m not perfect but at least I’m giving it a try.
2. Calms the Mind
I’m a person who has a mind with no ‘off switch’ – just ask my husband. When I first started yoga I thought I would never be able to achieve ‘Shavanasa’ which is where you lie down at the end of the session and just try to clear your mind and concentrate on breathing. This might look simple, but as Karsen McGinley from The Chopra Centre writes in the post ‘Why Savasana is the Hardest Yoga Pose’
This simple-sounding pose is more difficult than you might realize. The body can cause distractions that make it a challenge
With regular practice I have now reached a point where I CAN clear my mind and the feeling is wonderful.
3. Yoga does not have an age limit
These videos I found on youtube say it all really.
4. Improved Core Strength
Having a strong core is vital as we age to keep us strong, prevent back injuries and help with balance and stability.
5. Improved Posture
I was tending to slump often probably because I was sitting at a desk for long periods. Doing yoga has strengthened by back and I am standing much straighter and taller. It has helped my lower back pain immensely.
You can do Yoga at home if you want to give it a try. I’ve mentioned before that I use an App to do Yoga at home. It cost me about $5 and I use it everyday. The App is Yoga Studio and I have no affiliation with the producers, I just think it is a great app if you want to start doing Yoga at home. There are a variety of classes for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced levels.
Let’s Keep Sizzling!