Old age is often the time when you have more time for yourself and your family. However, it is also the time of your life when your body starts to get weaker, and become more prone to old age ailments like high blood pressure, arthritis or rheumatism. That is exactly why you will need to spend more time to keep your body healthy.
So instead of spending your leisure time at home, why not take up yoga? Granted, your body might set some limits to the exercises you can do, but unlike many other sports and exercises, Yoga is a form of exercise which you can do at your own pace, and which can really be adapted to your own abilities and needs. As you keep doing the yoga routine over the weeks, you will start to become more in touch with yourself, and will be able to achieve more. You will also improve your posture, and probably even sleep better.
Importantly, never ever overstretch yourself or push too hard in any pose. If there are certain Asanas that you find difficulty in doing, just go as far as you can! Remember to always listen to your body when doing yoga. If you are tired, stop.
Take a Yoga Class
Of course, you could buy a Yoga DVD or go online for free Yoga Videos, however for senior citizens or the elderly, it is recommended that you take up a yoga class, so you have an experienced instructor to guide you along each step.
Besides, a yoga class can also be a good way to get to know new friends whom you can hang out with!
Addressing Old Age Ailments
While Yoga cannot be your only source to address ailments linked to old age like arthritis or rheumatism, it can definitely help!
By practising the correct breathing techniques, and practising regularly, your body will be enriched with the most essential element in any kind of healing – that is, fresh clean air.
Precautions for Yoga for the Elderly
If you have been inactive, or if you are suffering from chronic conditions, please seek advise from your doctor before attempting yoga, or attending a yoga class. Different yoga poses put a little more pressure on certain areas of your body, and it is essential that you assess your own condition to know if you will be ready for the exercise. For example, if you have glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye), it would not be advisable for your to attempt inversion poses like Halasana (Plow Pose) or Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand).