Fit & Fabulous : Yoga does not have an age limit – 5 benefits of Yoga

Over 50s 5 Benefits of Yoga

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.

 

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25 thoughts on “Fit & Fabulous : Yoga does not have an age limit – 5 benefits of Yoga

    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yoga is great for everyone. I wish I had discovered it earlier – but better late than never! Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a beautiful day. x

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  1. Leanne | crestingthehill

    It’s going to happen – I am going to do this (but probably not until I’m past Easter and the A to Z Challenge!) once I have my headspace back I’m going to do the beginner class like you suggested (I really need to do this!)

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I am really enjoying it Anna and think I might be addicted LOL:) I hope you start again, you know you will feel so much better for doing it. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a beautiful day. x

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It is a challenging workout Carol. I’ve just moved to an Intermediate level and even though I find the poses difficult I’m giving it a go and each time I get a little better. I’m loving it. Have a great day and thanks for pinning my post. xx

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I know Kari some people are wonderful in the way they have maintained their fitness levels. Happy birthday to your grandmother – what a wonderful celebration – 92 fantastic!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Leah, I downloaded a Yoga app and started on the beginner level for just a few minutes each day to start with. You could also look for a local class that has beginner levels. You will feel so good after a few sessions – I know I did even though I wasn’t very flexible. Have a great day and go for it!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      My daughter has done hot yoga but I haven’t tried it. I can see the health benefits though Roseann, ridding our bodies of toxins has to be good. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day. xx

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  2. Beth (GrannyBeth3)

    I’ve been practising yoga for 30 years, since back surgery. Not only has it kept me flexible, it’s also sped recovery through cancer and two knee replacements.
    I have three speeds; go, go faster, and full stop. Yoga and my daily devotions are the only times I find a waking rest.
    Beth

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yoga has really helped my back problem Beth and I think I’ve become addicted. I never thought I could become flexible but my flexibility is certainly improving. I’m so pleased to hear you are now in good health. I’m a little like you – go, go, go but I’m trying to make more time to find peace and solitude in my day. Have a beautiful day Beth and thanks for stopping by. x

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I know Cristina and I started last year at 59. When I first started I flexibility was terrible but doing yoga regularly my body feels so much better. If you are younger when you start think how fabulous you will be in later years. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by to comment. xx

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  3. Carol Cameleon

    That app sounds great and I might just give it a go myself! I love yoga and could do with perhaps longer sessions but like you say, something’s better than nothing. Thanks so much for linking to #HighlightsofHappy with your informative post Sue. Hope to see you again next week!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It really is good Carol and well worth the small amount I paid. I try to do a long session a couple of times a week and then shorter ones when I’m time poor. I would love to hear how you go. Thanks for the link up I’m glad I found you. Have a very Happy weekend!!!

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