Health benefits of yoga

How yoga can enrich your life.

Yoga has so much to offer us as we age there is no quick fix or pill that can replace what exercise does to improve life as we age at least half of age-related changes to muscles, bones, and a joint is caused by disuse.  Even with heart disease lack of exercise is now considered a major risk factor.

N.H.S recommendation on exercise:

NHS guidelines recommend 150 minutes moderate exercise a week. Laura uses Otago with yoga which has been shown to reduce falls, the biggest killer as we age.  Scientific research has shown Otago to improve falls be 47% and injuries by 42% given in the UK over 10% of ambulance call outs are for over 65’s falling, we work on strengthening hips knee and ankles reducing this risks.

Read what the NHS recommends on Exercise  

Yoga & Arthritis:

X-Ray of knee jointWe also work on lengthening muscle, pushing and pulling all of which strengthen bone which helps with arthritis (Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis).  

As you age joint movement becomes stiffer and less flexible because the amount of lubricating fluid in joints decrease and cartilage becomes thinner.  

Ligaments also tend to shorten and lose flexibility making joints feeling stiff.  Many of these age-related changes to joints are caused by lack of exercise.  Joints like the hips and knees do not get detoxification or nourishment unless we move them.  Yoga has profound health benefits for us in our maturing years.  Even Dementia has been shown to improve when we exercise as we get older.  Yoga offers muscle training, heart training, flexibility, maintains bone mass, improved balance, and spiritual exploration

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Yoga & Depression:

Unhappy persoDepression has been shown to increase as we age anxieties resentments, senses of loss, become embedded in us, in our muscles, in our hearts, not only does yoga actively promotes improved health but happiness, inner calmness, focusing us on the heart, reveals a transcendental nature where we can experience freedom.  Enabling you to have a brighter outlook on life, happier feelings about the future finding tranquillity of mind, even loneliness, nervousness, sadness, and sorrow can be improved.  We can focus better, become more selective with our thoughts living with greater awareness.

Regularly practising yoga can improve arthritic pain, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, bad back, headaches, aches, and pains trauma that may be stuck in the body.   Laura’s teaching abilities are infused with a wealth of knowledge about natural health which makes her classes a must go.

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Key reasons why taking up yoga improves your general health:

  • Exercises muscles
  • Strengthens our bones
  • Helps improve bone mass
  • Decrease risk of heart disease
  • Increases happiness
  • Prevents dementia
  • Helps Blood pressure
  • Works on Cholesterol
  • Teaches us breath awareness, breath is a major contributor to stress in both the body and mind
  • Help improves quality of life, through learning to have a more focused mind
  • Helps us find peace of mind in difficult situations
  • Improves stress and anxiety
  • Meet like minded individuals sharing the same goals social bonding
  • Gives us more awareness and contentment of life
  • We become more intuitive

Laura is very experienced working with Hatha yoga for over 50’s since 2004.  Laura’s wealth of experience includes the breath addressing things like hyperventilating breathing in and out for the same amount of time is a modern day illness many suffer which can distress the body and mind. Breath can improve stress anxiety and alter our experience of the world.  At this moment bring your mind to the breath when you are angry and you will see the mind, breath, and body are inextricably linked.

The wonderful thing is no one is exempted from, a yoga practice Laura give you yoga postures tailored to your physical challenges, everyone is welcome whatever your ability or experience.  Make sure you join us.  Make a booking now.

Feel the difference in 3 weeks;