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.
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.
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We also work on muscles (Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis). Despite movements being painful with these conditions, it is highly recommended or the pain can get worse.
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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Depression 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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