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Benefits of Yoga For Seniors

Posted by Joe Gilmore on May 14, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Yoga is an increasingly popular form of exercise and meditation in today’s society, learning more about the benefits of yoga will help you understand why it may be a good option for your loved one. For many, including seniors, yoga provides a retreat and an escape for those with busy lives. Yoga is a mind and body practice that combines physical and breathing exercises and relaxation.


A national survey in 2012 found that 94 percent of people who practiced yoga did it for wellness-related reasons, while 17.5 did it to treat a specific health problem. In this national survey, 86 percent of respondents said that it helped to reduce stress, 67 percent said it made them feel better emotionally, 59 percent said that it improved sleep, other said that is help them quit smoking, exercise more and live a healthier life in general.



Health Benefits Of Yoga

An individual practicing yoga on the mountain. There are many benefits of yoga for seniors.

According to the National Institutes of Health, yoga holds a number of health benefits that can increase quality of life and wellbeing. For instance, research suggests that yoga can help:

  • Improve general wellness by relieving stress, support good health habits, and improve mental and emotional help
  • Relieve lower-back and neck pain
  • Relieve menopause symptoms
  • Confront anxiety and depressive symptoms
  • Quit smoking
  • With weight regulation
  • Manage chronic diseases


While there is still more research that needs to be conducted on how influential this type of therapy can be, it does show promise for particular health uses.


However, studies have shown that there is possible benefits from yoga in several aspects of wellness including stress management, mental health and more


Stress Management 

According to the NIH, 17 studies that examined the benefits of yoga on over 1000 participants found that yoga could help with stress management. Twelve of the studies showed improvement s in physical or psychological measures related to stress.


Mental and Emotional Health

In a recent review of 14 studies that assessed the effects that yoga can have on mental health, 10 of the studies found evidence of benefits such as improvements in resilience or enhanced wellbeing.


Promoting Healthy Eating

A 2018 survey found that adults who practiced yoga regularly were associated with better eating and physical activity. In fact, in some interviews, people who took the survey said that they thought yoga supported healthier habits through greater mindfulness and motivation to participate in other forms of exercise.



Yoga has been shown to impact sleep in several studies of older adults. It can also influence arthritis and women with menopause symptoms.



Out of 15 studies that looked at almost 700 people and how yoga can have an effect on balance in healthy people, 11 of them found that there were improvements in at least one outcome related to balance. This is especially important for senior citizens. As many know, one of the biggest risks for seniors is suffering from a fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people suffer from falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor.


Obviously, yoga, and exercise in general, holds a lot of positive benefits for anyone who participates. However, how does yoga specifically affect seniors?


Seniors and Yoga

According to the American Association of Retired Persons, for people in their 60s and beyond, yoga is helpful in reducing anxiety, protecting joints, and building strength and balance. According to the AARP, practicing yoga regularly will help lubricate joints, this can help to stave off debilitating disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis.



Yoga And Mental Health

A woman practicing yoga. Benefits of yoga include improved mental health.

There is a wide range of evidence that shows that yoga can be helpful for problems related to anxiety and other various life situations, such as medical conditions or stressful education programs, and for depressive symptoms.


There have been dozens of studies and thousands of people surveyed and examined to determine how effective yoga can be at addressing mental health. These studies have found that yoga many have short-term benefits when it comes to reducing the intensity of anxiety. Similarly, for those with depressive symptoms, yoga can be helpful in alleviating some of these problems. There is also some evidence that shows that yoga could have a positive effect for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.


There are a number of different types of yoga including yin yoga, hatha yoga, kundalini yoga, and much more. However you choose to practice this exercise, remember to remain focused and committed. As you become more accustomed and consistent with yoga, and exercise in general, you will begin to notice how it is affecting your life. These types of exercises can go a long way toward making your day-to-day life easier and more efficient.


Yoga is a great exercise, however, any exercise can help you live a longer and happier life. Similarly, choosing a healthy and balanced diet will help to also improve your health and wellbeing. It is important as we age to continue to take care of our bodies and be committed to personal growth.



What’s Next

As mentioned above, yoga is a great way to stay healthy and limber as we age. Yoga helps with things like strength, balance, and flexibility among other things. These benefits of yoga are incredibly important, especially for older individuals. With aging, comes increased risk of health issues such as falling, the stronger you are and the better balance you have can help you avoid these issues. However, this isn’t always the case for everyone, for some, age becomes too problematic and can lead to an older adult needing assistance. For those who need help, they can hire a caregiver or look for an assisted living facility that can help.


Landmark is one senior living facility that can help to make your loved one’s life more simple and enjoyable. Landmark can offer your loved one access to health care and memory care in our state-of-the-art facilities. Similarly, our staff plans social events and activities to make their stay with Landmark more enjoyable. If you are interested in learning more about what Landmark has to offer your loved one, please visit our website and schedule a complimentary walkthrough of one of our many facilities.



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