Santosha Yoga of Texas

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How can seniors benefit from yoga?

Chair Yoga for Seniors
 
One of the most prevalent health concerns with aging populations is the risk of falling.  According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), falls are directly attributed to certain risks factors including: muscle weakness, poor balance, slow reflexes, and decreased sensory awareness.  A regular Gentle or Chair Yoga class can potentially improve muscle tone, balance, coordination, core strength, and body awareness in aging populations.
 
Many individuals begin to experience some level of memory degradation as they age. Although not a treatment for severe memory related illnesses or dementia, the practice of meditation and deep breathing has been shown to provide a physiological benefit to the brain.  Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, conducted studies3 comparing individuals who meditated vs. those who didn't and found that those who meditated had more frontal cortex gray matter, which is associated with executive functioning and working memory.

Always consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program.
 
3 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1361002/