I’ve always enjoyed the company of older people. I loved listening to my grandparents’ stories about events that happened long before I was a ‘gleam in my dad’s eye.’ As I spent time with elderly people, I noticed their bodies didn’t move as they once had and heard complaints about muscle stiffness, arthritis, loss of strength, and inability to bend over and tie their shoes! Our family has a funny story about the time grandpa couldn’t get up from the couch. He was certain it was because it was a “deep couch.”
As I approach my sixties, the benefits of a long-time yoga practice are apparent. My body easily moves from the floor, to all fours, to standing, and I enjoy riding my bike, hiking and gardening. As I remember my grandmother in her late fifties, she could no longer do any of these activities.
While we all age, many of the restrictions and conditions we experience result from an inactive lifestyle. Research has found that yoga can help alleviate many of the problems that challenge us, like arthritis, low back pain, poor circulation, obesity, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis. Yoga can give us peace of mind, better sleep, and more focus and concentration. By practicing yoga two times a week for 12 weeks, you can improve balance by 75%, thigh strength by 50% and hamstring strength by 44%. I have no doubt that if my dad had practiced yoga he could have easily risen from that ‘deep couch!’
At YogaMotion, I teach Gentle Yoga, designed for people over fifty. We gather Tuesday and Thursday morning from 10:30-11:30. Our activities are modified based on the student’s needs. We have a variety of fitness levels and some with health concerns, and challenges with vision and hearing. We move through transitions at a slower pace and don’t hold poses for a long time. Hope you will join us and begin reaping the benefits of a yoga practice!
Ann Schrader CYT, RYT-200
Changing Directions Founder/Director