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Growing Older Gracefully with Yoga

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Grow Older Gracefully: Do Yoga Ammentorp/Fotolia

Yoga is one of those activities that can be done for a lifetime like walking, swimming, golf and tennis. While those sports can be limiting when it comes to weather and financial resources, yoga requires nothing more than a mat, and perhaps a DVD for instructions — something that can be bought secondhand for a dollar or two.

Yoga can offer a lean and lithe body, and can bring great inner peace to the participant. Growing older has its own set of challenges and yoga can have a huge positive impact on the older woman.

Worried about being the little old lady with the hunchback? Remember to maintain good bone health, since osteoporosis is a risk for any woman, but especially for a postmenopausal woman. Yoga is an excellent tool to improve posture.

Modern life has us hunched over our laptops. Many of us are working from home on the sofa instead of on a proper chair and at a proper desk (guilty as charged) and generally being too passive and slumped over for our own good.

Says Yoga.com, “Not only is this unattractive, it can also be painful, as it often causes people to feel tight, achy and sore around the neck, shoulders, and upper and lower back. Fixing your posture with yoga requires that you do poses that open your chest and shoulders, allow you to gently bend your back, lengthen your spine, and allow you to experience what a steady, balanced, posture feels like.”

For poses that help posture the most, click here for a visual.

Yoga poses allow the body to stretch and become more supple and graceful. Movement can become easier, and there is far less stiffness in the body. A regularly practicing Yogi will find herself standing taller and walking with a good stride.

Yoga also encourages balance, and this may help prevent falls. It is also widely held that yoga can help prevent injuries in sports and physical activities — something older people are becoming more involved with.

Yoga poses are a series of stretches, arches, bends and leans. They are fluid and balanced, yet also provide an excellent workout.

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