September is National Yoga Month!

September 18, 2014 - Serving Seniors

Today, we’re talking all about yoga and answering some basic questions in honor of National Yoga Month. The goal of this month is to educate the community about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is the name of the game at Serving Seniors so we’re more than happy to kick off the conversation.national yoga month2

What is yoga? Yoga is considered a mind-body type of complementary and alternative medicine practice. It brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind. Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities, so if you intend to try a new class it can be helpful to read up on the style ahead of time.

Why should I practice yoga? There is plenty of research indicating several health benefits associated with practicing yoga.

Some potential health benefits of yoga include:

  • Stress reduction. A number of studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.
  • Improved fitness. Practicing yoga can lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. And this means you’re less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities.
  • Management of chronic conditions. Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.

 

Who should practice yoga?  Yoga is generally considered safe for most healthy people seniors yogawhen practiced under the guidance of a trained instructor. The benefits mentioned earlier are obviously wonderful for individuals of all ages but there there are even more benefits as we age. Improved balance, for example, is especially important in seniors who have an increased risk of falling. Many of our senior clients also suffer from chronic health conditions which can be alleviated through a consistent yoga practice.

Where can I practice or try yoga? The beautiful thing about yoga is that it can be practiced just about anywhere. San Diego is saturated with yoga studios but if you’d prefer to practice at home or save money, the internet offers a wide array of yoga videos. Serving Seniors offers FREE yoga classes for seniors at various times throughout the month. Be sure to check out the activities calendar on our Lifelong Learning page for future dates and times.

Have you ever tried yoga?

If not, do the potential health benefits make you more inclined to try it?

* If you have a medical condition, be sure to talk to your health care provider before starting yoga.
*Sources: National Institutes of Health, National Centers for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

3 responses to “September is National Yoga Month!”

  1. Great Post and Nice Article….I like it.Thanks for Sharing.

  2. Awesome blog.This is truly a great read for me. The True meaning of Yoga is the union of our mind, body and soul.

    Body and Soul

  3. thanks for sharing information

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