Why yoga for over fifties?

Firstly, I would like you to put any impressions aside relating to religious dogma or yoga’s association with dope-smoking hippies. Yoga is not a religion by itself. Yoga is universal, and a Yogi does not need to be bound by any particular religious faith to practice yoga. The main philosophy of yoga is simple: mind, body and spirit are part of an integrated system. 5,000 years of practice and observation encoded by the sage Patanjali, probably in the 2nd century BCE, prescribed a practice that can anyone can follow.

Benefits include; Improved strength and better-protected joints and bone strength without the strained associated with cardio and strength training. Better Sleep, improved mood, reduced anxiety and increased lung capacity through breathing and meditation/mindfulness practices. Weight Loss and positive impact on Type 2 diabetes.

When done right, yoga can have numerous benefits for over fifties. Take it slow at the start. There are various types of yoga practice with different physical demands. You need to find the one that suits you. If you are new to yoga you should try and find a class with a qualified teacher accredited by the national yoga association in your country. I have always felt more comfortable with classical Hatha Yoga where the asanas (poses) are generally held longer, rather than Vinyasa or flowing styles. There are lots of resources on the internet for you to watch classes in different styles so you can get comfortable and know what to expect when you visit a class.

Until next time, Stay brilliant in everything that you do. Namaste, GG

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