In fact, experts reckon it takes little more than 12 sessions to drastically improve the mobility of elderly people.
In a 12 week study conducted by the University of California, LA, researchers found that the yoga sessions increased walking speeds by 8%, improved reaches by 18% and drastically improved the participants’ balance. All participants were sufferers of ‘dowager’s hump’ (hyperkyphosis), a condition where a patient develops a hunchback which severely impairs movement. The spinal curvature of these patients was reduced by 6% after just 12 sessions of yoga.
You don’t have to be fit, lithe and bendy to enjoy yoga. It is a low impact, safe exercise that involves gentle movements and controlled breathing, making it a fantastic option for older people.
Other studies have shown yoga to reduce depression, prevent the hardening of the arteries, reduce stiffness and strengthen bones – all conditions associated with getting older.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits and to contact a professional, please visit our Yoga Therapy page.
Remember that aerobic exercise is essential for a healthy heart, so consider teaming yoga with regular brisk walks to get the blood pumping and the oxygen flowing.
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