Inspired by two students, both men, this blog evolved. Can it be possible yoga could slow the effects of the aging process? According to numerous studies, yoga assists in decreasing stress and slowing the aging process down considerably. This may be one of the reasons people wish they had started their practice earlier.
Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity published a recent study, 12 weeks of yoga slowed cellular aging. The studies were based upon doing yoga five days a week which included, physical postures, breathing, and meditation. The study indicated a decrease in stress levels, less inflammation in the body, and a reversal of depression in the body. The study concluded, two to four hours a week of yoga can significantly shift a person’s mental and physical well-being.
Yoga can also slow the aging process by gradually improving key factors. Fortunately, at Evolve and my online classes we/I implement and incorporate the following.
Balance ~ Th American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons estimates 1 out of 2 women and 1 out of every 4 men over 50 will suffer a fracture related to a fall. The balancing postures we practice help to link the right and left hemispheres of the brain, helping to improve our agility.
Flexibility ~ Most people believe yoga is for the flexible. Not so much. You come to yoga to gain or maintain flexibility in the body. As we age our bodies become more stiff and we experience more aches and pains. For instance, yoga provides greater flexibility in the spine. As we age our spines may shorten and round. A regular yoga practice helps lengthen the spine and improves nerve conduction to all the organs.
Strength ~ Weight bearing postures help build strength slowly and safely. Strengthening postures help dramatically reduce fractures.
Breathing ~ We breath to live yet it’s often neglected with short and shallow breathing. Yoga helps to increase our lung capacity as well as strengthens them. When we breath properly our stress levels decrease as well as out blood pressure lowers. Breathing properly also helps with healthy digestion.
Body Awareness ~ One becomes more acquainted with the body. Understanding how your body feels in certain postures. Plus, your overall health and wellness improves when you have greater awareness of your body and mind.
Needless to say. Yoga is and should be the answer to everyone. If you’ve been off your mat awhile or you’re debating… ponder no longer. You deserve to take care of yourself… one pose and one breath at a time.
Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga and www.bronwynison.com 760-564-YOGA (9642)