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for the elderly
age is the stage when one has more time for oneself, family, leisure and
relaxation. It is also the stage that gives birth to diseases like arthritis,
rheumatism, incontinence and high blood pressure. In the old age, the body
also becomes old and loses the power to resist and fight diseases. So one
should be more watchful and cautious about health.
The degeneration of the body also limits the types of exercises one can practice. This leads to the practice of milder forms of exercise such as jogging, brisk walking, and even Yoga.
Yoga is a form of exercise that can be altered according to your needs and abilities. It breaks the boundaries of age and shape of the body. It not only improves a particular part of the body, but also improves the health of the body as a whole. It works both at the physical as well as the mental level. It makes your body fitter, the mind calmer and more relaxed. Yoga is also beneficial in the prevention and control of common health and emotional problems that is linked with Old Age. It helps you in becoming more in touch with yourself and your body enabling you to accept who you are and the state you are in. Thus creating a positive approach towards life.
Some of the Yoga Asanas can work wonders. Yoga offers a wide range of Asanas for almost every ailment. But one should always practice Yoga under the guidance of a proper teacher.
In practicing Yoga, one should respect the limitations of the body. Unlike allopathy, yoga requires patience and time to prove its benefits. Yoga aims to quiet the mind as you exercise the body. If you feel pain, stop what you are doing. The following is a Basic Yoga Session for the Elderly. You do not have to do all the poses, stop when you already feel tired.
The elderly should take some general precautions when practicing yoga. One might have a specific physical problem but, elderly people usually hesitate from telling it to the teacher. In this case, the teacher should also refrain from asking questions, but always take some precautions in order to prevent difficulties and minimize any risk such as:
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