How Senior Citizens Can Enjoy Yoga in Their Golden Years

Article Featured on Verywellfit.com

One of the great things about yoga is that it is so adaptable to different populations with diverse physical abilities and needs. Though the popular image of yoga may be a young person twisted up like a pretzel with apparent ease, those who are older and less flexible can enjoy a yoga practice just as much and potentially benefit from it even more.

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Learn Yoga Techniques to Treat or Ease Insomnia

By Ann Pizer | Article Featured on Verywellfit

If you have a hard time getting to sleep at night, incorporating yoga into your life can help, especially if your insomnia is stress-related. Yoga has proven to be a great stress buster and can offer you relaxation techniques, including breathing exercises and meditation. Yoga nidra is a deep relaxation methodology that can be particularly helpful for people who have trouble sleeping.

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The 10 Best Yoga Poses for Flexibility: Asanas to Make You More Flexible

Article Featured on The Good Body

The latest statistics show that improving flexibility is the most popular reason for starting yoga, and research does prove that it’s one of the biggest benefits of regular practice.

However there are a number of asanas that can help to make you more flexible than the rest. Here are our top 10 yoga poses for improving flexibility:

1.Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana)

Standing Forward Bend is top of the list of yoga poses for flexibility.

Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga, Cristie Newhart describes how alignment is key to the pose and how:

“The support of the abdominal […]

7 Anti-Aging Effects of Yoga

By Mark Stibich, PhD | Featured on Verywellfit

In the United States, many people practice yoga for health — whether it be physical health, mental health, spiritual health, or some combination of all three. When you to look around an American yoga studio, you are likely to see people of all shapes, sizes, and ages. The yoga studio can be a diverse place, with people of all skill levels seeking some form of health from their practice. What all of these people have in common is that they’ve discovered the unique ability of yoga to foster health and promote longevity.

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Setting an Intention for Your Yoga Practice

By Ann Pizer | Article Featured on Verywellfit

Many yoga teachers, depending on the style of yoga they teach, will invite you to set an intention at the beginning of class or offer one up for the entire class to work with, such as grace, comfort, self-love, forgiveness, compassion, or peace. This can help students have something positive to focus on while doing yoga poses.

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How to Do the Ashtanga Jump Through in Yoga

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By Ann Pizer | Article Featured on Verywellfit

Level: Advanced

The jump through in Ashtanga practice begins in downward dog. You keep your hands planted on the ground and your legs pass under your body and through your arms to arrive directly in a seated position, sometimes with your legs outstretched and sometimes crossed, depending on where you are in the sequence. In the Ashtanga primary series, this transition is repeated many times as it is how you are supposed to arrive in each seated posture, making the flow more seamless and smooth. The basic technique is to bend your knees and cross your ankles while […]

Yoga keeps the mind and body young, 22 clinical trials show

By Maria Cohut | Featured on MedicalNewsToday

A review analyzing the results of 22 randomized clinical trials has found that yoga practice can improve many aspects of physical and mental health among older adults. Yoga refers to a series of mind-body practices that originate in Hindu tradition. However, they are growing in popularity across the world as an alternative well-being practice.

Statistic show that in 2015 in the United States alone, as many as 36.7 million people practiced yoga, and by 2020, estimates suggest that this number will have increased to over 55 million people.

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How to Get Started With Yoga

By Laura Williams, MSEd, ASCM-CEP | Article Featured on Verywellfit

Yoga is a popular exercise that combines breathing, movement, and meditation. Imported to the United States from India over a century ago, yoga has long been praised for its physical and spiritual benefits. 

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How to Deal With Foot Cramps During Yoga

By Ann Pizer | Article Featured on Verywillfit

You are definitely not alone if you get foot cramps in yoga class. These extremely painful cramps are known to strike especially during poses like pigeon and hero where the foot is tucked under and the top of the foot rests on the floor. Foot cramps can be embarrassing when you have to get out of your pose and walk it off. Learn how to prevent and deal with foot cramps.

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Essential Yoga Stretches for Lower Back Pain

By Ann Pizer | Article Featured on Verywellfit

If you have occasional or chronic pain in your lower back, you’re not alone. Low back pain is very common, especially as you age. Having a job where you sit most of the day exacerbates the problem. Taking the time to establish a regular stretching routine can make a big difference in your back pain prognosis.

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