Yoga Is Not Just For The Young

By Julie Dargan | Menopause

Aug 21

Yoga is widely known for its wonders of releasing stress and making you agile.

At my last retreat in Bali I wanted to revisit my youth and take up yoga once more. I attended a yoga program in Ubud and was looking forward to treating my body to some much needed care and attention.

But alas..

All I achieved was an hour of embarrassment, torture and pain.

What was my mistake?

Simple. I visited a yoga studio that catered for the younger generation, not too sure which younger generation, but definitely not for someone like me that had not experienced yoga in a long time and was not as agile as I used to be.

You need a yoga routine that suits where you are at in life!​

After that experience, of being surrounded by young, agile, and nimble men and women, I swore I would never attempt yoga again. I was too old, too stiff and certainly did not need to put myself through a vigorous routine ever again.​

But...then I discovered a gentle yoga suitable for seniors.

Okay, tipping at the age of 52, I now had to concede that I was a senior. This is a lot to take in over a couple of days!

But the tag line was irristable and had me wanted to scroll down for more..​

Yoga is not about twisting yourself into a pretzel. It’s about giving your body the attention and love it needs through breathing and gentle movements. It’s about being healthier and happier at any age. Sixty&Me

I signed up on the spot and it was the best thing I ever did.​

​Why yoga?

The benefits of yoga as we get older is due to the fact that we are more susceptible to conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, stress, incontinence. Making yoga a priority in your life helps decrease any aches and pains that might be creeping in as well as helping keeping your body lean and trim.

Yoga helps you to live a life of calm by relaxing your body and mind. It can reduce your stress response, which can cause inflammation of all kinds and wreak havoc on your body such as the development of stubborn belly fat.

Sixty & Me is a wonderful online magazine. I live in the country here in Australia and the closest yoga studio is an hours drive and does not cater for the older age group. So when I discovered that Sixty & Me had an online yoga program I did not hesitate to join up.

Benefits of Gentle Yoga For Seniors​

Within a week of doing the online yoga program I started to feel the benefits. These included:

  • A feeling of calmness, if anything started to stress me I was able to take a step back and concentrate on my breathing and not allow the stress to affect me like it used to.
  • My digestion improved. I know it might sound strange but I felt like I was digesting my food better and not "sitting there" which used to happen when I was stressed.
  • I was able to concentrate and focus better at work.
  • Colleagues commented on how radiant I looked. This one really surprised me. One wanted to know my secret because "there was something different" about me.

If you would like to know more about this amazing online yoga program I will pop the link in the box below. Be sure to let me know how much you enjoy the program also in the comments below.

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Julie Dargan RN, ND, BHSc works with Successful, Busy, Menopausal Women find relief from hot flushes and night sweats, & lose weight gained in their middle years, through diet and lifestyle changes.

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