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

March 22, 2017
Over 50s 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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26 Comments

  • Reply Phaytea March 22, 2017 at 15:08

    I wonder how I only recently started doing yoga..Amazing that the benefits come with no age restrictions.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2017 at 07:43

      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

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill March 22, 2017 at 20:17

    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!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2017 at 07:44

      Ok Leanne I will be your coach just let me know when you want to get started. Good luck with the A-Z Challenge I look forward to reading your posts x

  • Reply Anna R Palmer March 23, 2017 at 02:10

    I know how wonderful yoga is. I need to resume my practice. Thank your for the lovely reminder.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2017 at 07:47

      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

  • Reply Carol ("Mimi") March 23, 2017 at 03:56

    I do a yoga/pilates combination class at the Y (not as frequently as I should). It looks so calm and easy, but it really is a challenging workout! Pinning.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2017 at 07:48

      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

  • Reply Kari Ann March 23, 2017 at 04:08

    Wow, amazing! My grandmother is turning 92 on Friday and only if she could be that flexible she would be so happy!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2017 at 07:49

      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!

  • Reply Leah March 23, 2017 at 07:20

    I’ve been wanting to start for the longest time, but not sure where to begin.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 23, 2017 at 07:51

      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!

  • Reply Roseann Hampton March 23, 2017 at 10:49

    My doctor recommended hot yoga. She said it helps sweat out the toxins in addition to all the benefits of regular yoga.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 24, 2017 at 05:58

      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

  • Reply Grammy Dee March 23, 2017 at 13:23

    I’ve never done yoga but good points as to the benefits. Thank you for sharing this post at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared it on social media.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 24, 2017 at 05:57

      I only started last year and seriously this year Dee and it is amazing how it good it makes my body feel. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day! xx

  • Reply Beth (GrannyBeth3) March 23, 2017 at 17:58

    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

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 24, 2017 at 05:53

      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

  • Reply Janice Wald March 27, 2017 at 10:59

    Thank you for coming to the Blogger’s Pit Stop last week.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

  • Reply Cristina March 27, 2017 at 14:34

    I`m amazed by the fact that yoga has no age. Now I feel like a lazy teenager 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2017 at 09:16

      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

  • Reply Carol Cameleon March 31, 2017 at 01:30

    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!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 31, 2017 at 12:18

      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!!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2017 at 11:37

      Thanks Carol and yes I will be there!

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