Senior Yoga: Balance is key to staying healthy and active
Submitted by: Meritus Media
Jamesport, NY (OPENPRESS) 08/16/2010-
Alarming statistics show complications resulting from falls among people over the age of 65 frequently leading to a multitude of serious problems. No wonder men and woman approaching retirement and beyond are looking for ideas on healthy aging. One of the most important aspects of being a healthy senior citizen is to stay fit and active. Yoga is proving to be one of the best ways to improve balance in body and mind.
When ones body ages, apart from the standard aches and pains as well as just generally getting older and dealing with the wear and tear we put our physical bodies through, we are forced to deal with another problem. Lack of balance.
A major concern for our senior population is the lack of balance. Doctors say this stems, in part, from sitting for long periods and from not challenging one's balance in various positions. With Yoga one not only strengthens one's core muscles, but it has been seen in studies to increase flexibility and mobility as well as balance. When combined with detox cleansing as ritual self-care and embracing "ahimsa", the principal of non-harming of others and the planet as way to enjoy happy healthy long life, you have a powerful mix of rejuvenation and energy enhancement.
Mary McGuire-Wien, host of American Yogini and author of the 7-Day Total Cleanse , is an excellent example of how a yoga lifestyle and raw food and juices can lead to healthy aging. "While many seniors are tempted to relax and do nothing when they retire, doctors say that is exactly what we shouldn't do," says McGuire Wien, "Spending long periods of time sitting, or moving very little, leads to muscular shortening, tightening and weakening and can cause the body to be more susceptible to injuries and ailments."
Some health issues routinely found in seniors can be markedly improved through a yoga lifestyle,
· reduced joint flexibility
· increased body fat and decreased lean body tissue
· low back pain
· breathing difficulties
· poor blood circulation
· chronic pain
· stress-related symptoms
· inability to sleep peacefully
Even more telling are symptoms like Poor memory, Low energy and one of the worst of all, a feeling of isolation and sadness. McGuire-Wien offers a variety of avenues to change or optimize your diet and exercise regime. She runs weekend retreats where one can learn the basic yoga routines and healthy eating patterns needed to get started on that healthy aging program. For those who can't do the whole weekend there is a special Saturday (9 to 6) program. Either drive or catch the Hampton Jitney from Midtown Manhattan. The cost is $195 per person for the day. Arrive at 9 am, meet and greet, take part in a yoga class that literally anyone can do - learn to relax and be fully present.
For those who want to dive right in and embrace the lifestyle spend a week at the retreat - do a 5-day juice cleanse and then do the Fri -Sun special weekend program. For more information on how juice fasting and yoga can lead to healthy aging visit www.americanyogini.com