Although the ways western medicine are becoming more advanced everyday, it really have not been around that long. For centuries,, other forms of healing have allowed different populations to thrive and survive. And so it is with YOGA.
You don’t have to be able to turn yourself into a pretzel or stand on your head for 30 minutes to receive the healing benefits of yoga. Studies have shown even 10-15 min a day can improve strength, and balance as well as relieve pain. Stimulating muscles in turn stimulates bone, which also prevents osteoporosis. Being able to get off the floor if you fall ( esp seniors) can literally mean the difference between life and death.
And this is to say nothing of the mental /psychological benefits of deep breathing and increased focus which are key components to yoga.
Here are a few other pluses to this age old remedy:
PAIN: If you have pain, especially back or neck pain, its better to move. Doctors used to keep people in bed for 72hrs, but that treatment has been debunked years ago. So stretching and core work, will help back stiffness, strains and even pain from arthritis feel better faster.
STRENGTH: As I mentioned before, weight bearing exercise always makes you stronger. Whether its weight lifting, exercise bands or yoga postures, your muscles get a real workout.
FLEXIBILITY: The more flexible you are, the less likely you are to get hurt. As we age trying to stay in shape gets harder. So we turn up the intensity, which can lead to achilles tendon tears and labrum tears in the shoulders. Incorporating yoga a few days a week, can keep you running injury free for longer.
Check out a beginners class today. Try TV or a local studio. Start SLOW and lean the basics properly. You’ll look better, sleep better and feel better for years to come.