Yoga for seniors

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BLUE WHALE YOGA. Yoga program for senior in Saint John 

 

Yoga is an easy and safe way to improve both your mental well-being and overall health, especially for people over 60. Yoga for seniors can improve their balance and flexibility.

However, that is not all. The benefits of doing yoga when you’re over 60 are countless. Read on to learn everything about yoga for seniors and all the benefits that come along.

Can I Practice Yoga As a Senior?

Yes, you can practice yoga as a senior. If you are in good health, there is no reason for you not to practice yoga. In fact, yoga is highly recommended for seniors. You will be surprised to hear that in the United Kingdom, 12 million people over 65 practice yoga.

Meaning, the popularity of yoga is constantly increasing in the last 3 decades. Physical fitness is important when it comes to preventing illnesses that usually strike people over 60. Also, it improves the mental well-being of the person who’s constantly active.

Yoga is an easy and safe way to improve both your mental well-being and overall health, especially for people over 60. Yoga for seniors can improve their balance and flexibility.

As you can see, you can practice yoga at any age. According to an American study made by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance in 2016, over 14 million people over 50 who live in the United States practice yoga. It is believed that yoga for seniors is the perfect activity and key to good health and quality life in the golden years.

Which Type of Yoga Is Right for Me?

It depends on your age, health, level of fitness, and physical condition which type of yoga is suitable for you. These factors play an important role in choosing the best type of yoga you can practice without any difficulties and health consequences. But keep in mind that before you begin practicing any type of yoga, you should consult your doctor.

Blue whale yoga for children is a specially designed set of exercises based on hatha yoga and kundalini yoga 

Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

As we mentioned at the beginning, the benefits of yoga for seniors are countless. Not just for seniors but everyone who’s a fan of this practice. Here are some of the main health benefits of practicing yoga from time to time, especially in your golden years.

Yoga for Seniors Helps You Lose All the Extra Weight

Yoga is the last activity that comes in mind when you want to lose weight, however, it is ideal for seniors who want to lose a few pounds. According to experts, if you practice yoga regularly, it will speed up your metabolism. Slow metabolism is one of the common reason for gaining weight. It also helps you build muscle and increase your heart rate.

Yoga for Seniors Improves Your Posture and Balance

Practicing yoga can also help you maintain your balance and will improve your posture. And all this results in fewer falls. Balance represents one of the first things all people start to lose when they get older. And balance is important for preventing falls because falls are the leading cause of death among seniors, according to an old report published in 2014 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America. Doing yoga might improve your agility and mobility thanks to the precise and slow yoga movements.

Practicing yoga can also help you maintain your balance
Practicing yoga can also help you maintain your balance

Yoga for Seniors Can Help You Reduce Pain

Chronic pain is a common issue among seniors, especially the pain that’s associated with joint problems and arthritis. However, thanks to yoga, you can say goodbye to the pain. It’s a natural remedy for chronic pain. According to a study made by Sonia Gaur of the psychology department at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, it was proven that people who practiced yoga for 90 minutes, 3 times per week for 4 weeks, experienced a decrease in aches and pain. Also, most of the patients reduced their intake of pain medications.

Yoga for Seniors Boosts Your Brain Function and Cognitive Ability

Practicing yoga for seniors isn’t just good for the body but also for the brain in seniors. According to research made by a graduate student, Neha Gothe and her colleagues at the University of Illinois, it was discovered that doing yoga boosts brain function and cognitive ability. If you practice yoga 3 times per week for two months, it will improve your mental flexibility, improve memory, boost your brain function and cognitive ability.

What Do I Need to Know Before My First Yoga Class?

If you already consulted your doctor and found the perfect yoga type, it is important to know what to wear, what to bring and how to act right before your first yoga class.

What to Wear?

Fitted and comfortable clothing is perfect for yoga because different types of yoga require different types of stretching. This is why baggy clothes aren’t recommended. However, your leggings or exercise pants will do the job. Also, keep in mind that yoga is done barefoot. However, you can bring your non-slip socks until you get comfortable.

What to Bring?

You can attend your first yoga class not wearing anything special, however, it’s a good idea to bring your medical ID bracelet, a bottle of water, your doctor’s details to give to your teacher in case you injure yourself or something else happens, a towel and mat. Usually, most places provide a mat for their practitioners for free or at a minimal cost. Keep in mind that you have to take off your shoes, so it is best if you arrive in sandals.

What to bring
What to bring

How to Act?

We have a few etiquette tips for you when it comes to yoga, although yoga etiquette varies from site to site. In general, it is suggested that you arrive 10 minutes earlier. Also, in order to keep the place hygienic, leave your shoes outside or put them in a bag before you enter the class. Turn your phone to silent mood or turn it off completely.

Extra Useful Tips for Seniors

In case you’re still feeling insecure and don’t know what to do before your first yoga class, we provided extra tips you will find useful, especially if you’re a beginner at yoga.

  • Keep yourself well-hydrated: drink a lot of water before and after yoga class.
  • Have a light snack an hour or two before class: heavy food can make you feel sick while practicing. Also, it will decrease your current stretching capacity.
  • Balance trick: If you have a hard time maintaining your balance, try focusing on one spot only. Or simply ask for your yoga instructor to help you out and don’t push yourself. Take your time and ask for advice on best poses to avoid injury.
Costs:
Option 1. $39+HST per week (1 class per week. 60 min. class)
Option 1. $70+HST per week (2 classes per week. 45 min. each class)

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What does Blue Whale Yoga for Senior is offer?

Small class sizes where your child’s individuality will be appreciated and nurtured A warm and fun environment where you and your child will feel valued

Carefully planned classes that involve the physical aspects of yoga as well as mindful breathing and meditation
Classes led by a Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher
A learning program that progresses throughout the term by building on skills each week A focus on connecting children to nature and a respect for the environment

Types of classes

Blue Whale Kids Yoga offers four types of classes to cater for different age groups:

Junior | Primary | Teens | Family Yoga

Junior (3 to 5 yrs):

For younger children, yoga is taught in a fun and a relaxed way through music, rhyme, and yoga stories.

Primary (6 to 10 yrs):

For this age group, classes are a mix of drama, music, and yoga. Classes are still light-hearted and fun and include creative activities, games, and partner yoga. Children also learn yoga more deeply in these classes and are encouraged to learn and remember different poses and sequences.

Teens (11 to 15 yrs):

This older age group enjoys a more formal yoga class, and students are challenged to persevere and master different poses. Students are taught about the principles of yoga and are given tools to cope with stress and anxiety through teen-appropriate meditation and mindfulness exercises. These classes also include some fun drama-type games and partner yoga activities.

Family Yoga (parents & children):

This is a wonderful way for parents and kids to connect with each other and share their love (or discovery!) of yoga together.

What are the benefits of yoga and meditation for kids?

Through conscious movement and asana practice, children and teenagers can develop their physical strength, coordination, balance, and concentration. Yoga can also improve their confidence and self-esteem, as they discover all of the amazing things their bodies can do. Through mindfulness and meditation, children can relax and calm their busy minds. Carefully planned exercises can help them better understand their emotions, develop empathy, and cope with stress and anxiety.

Costs:
$39+HST per week (60 min. class)
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