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chair imageChair Yoga - An Introduction Yoga has become quite a popular exercise for people of all ages, but especially for the elderly. Yoga exercise for elderly people can help reverse the aging process and provide a wide range of positive benefits even if practiced on a moderate basis. There are many styles of yoga ranging in degree of difficulty. However, the basic moves and positions can be utilized by any age group. It is all about how you approach your exercise program that makes the difference
The BenefitsYoga can provide positive health benefits for anyone but can be especially helpful for those more mature adults. The three main areas of development would be balance, stretching, and strength.
Balancing exercises strengthen leg muscles and help to prevent falling. Every year there are tens of thousands of patients admitted for broken hips and usually some type of fall is the reason for the bone fractures. Balancing exercises can also help you avoid disabilities that may result from falling.
Stretching exercises can increase your range of motion and allow you to do more of the things you need and want to do. Stretching by itself is not designed to enhance strength or endurance, however keeping one's muscles more flexible can also reduce strains and may improve circulation as well.
Flexibility exercises, such as stretching, might help keep your body and joints limbered up, which would help prevent injuries and falling. It sometimes can speed up a recovery from an injury. Exercises for strength help build muscle as well as increasing your metabolic rate. This stabilizes blood sugar which can help you maintain a healthier weight. By having stronger muscles, you will be less likely to need assistance in doing your normal routines.
The Mental Benefits of Yoga By definition, yoga means union; therefore it is no surprise that one of the main underlying concepts is to achieve greater peace and harmony by better uniting the body and spirit. Perspectives on life and ourselves tend to change as we advance in age. The spiritual side of the world receives more importance as we grow older - this forms an excellent foundation for elderly people to start practicing yoga.
Proper Warm-ups It is recommended to begin your yoga exercise with slow, controlled motions. This phase can last for several weeks or longer depending on the individual. It is especially important in the earlier stages to avoid muscle sprains and strains. That will make the experience more enjoyable and safer while reducing the chances for injury. Even while using this slow gradual approach, many retired people can still benefit from improved circulation, range of motion and vitality.
Improve Your Circulation Another benefit of yoga that most people can experience is improved circulation. This helps to better utilize the oxygen in their blood vessels resulting in improved memory and concentration. Many elderly people experience losses in these areas as age increases and yoga can help reduce or reverse some of these effects. The elderly have many options for keeping fit through various forms of light exercise. One of the most important and often overlooked keys to staying healthy is proper breathing. This happens to be one of the foundations of yoga. Air feeds our bodies just as much as food and water does. Slow, deep breathing through the nose helps to cleanse the body on many different levels. Just Get Started Contrary to popular belief, yoga does not require years of practice to attain many positive results. In fact many elderly people really look forward to their yoga exercise sessions not only for the increased vitality also opportunities or social contacts if done in a group situation. The biggest key to succeeding is just get started.
 
 
Class details
Chair Yoga classes are held fortnightly at The Moorcroft Centre, Old School Place, Westfield from 11-12 noon and at St Mary's Centre, Byfleet from 11-12 noon. Contact Glenn or alternatively contact the Manager at Moorcroft on (01483) 743373 or the Manager at St Mary's on 01932 353575.
 
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