The Benefits of Yoga As We Age

The Benefits of Yoga As We Age

by Coleen Elwood

I started taking yoga classes in my 30’s to calm my mind and strengthen my body. Twenty-two years later, I have used the practice to accept my changing body, redirect my mind, navigate my emotions, trust my intuition, and nourish peace within. Yoga offers a myriad of benefits and is the best practice for the aging body.

Everyone is aging. There is an inevitability to the passing of time. There is not, however, an inevitable decline into rigidity, diminished mobility and mental functioning. The body is not static. And while there is a dance between working with and accepting the body of the day and creating a new vision of aging, we must remember that expectancies determine outcome. Naturally we have to keep moving to stay healthy and cultivate well-being and yoga offers a holistic approach to health, as much a science as a wisdom. It offers an opportunity to balance body, mind, spirit and emotions.

So whether you are middle-aged or a Senior here are just a few of the benefits.

  • Maintain a healthy spine
  • Improves circulation
  • Keeps joints healthy/relieves arthritis
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases Mental focus
  • Stress reduction
  • Physical strength, coordination, stamina, mobility
  • Improved sleep
  • Balance: physical and emotional
  • Connection to intuition
  • Connection the divine (whatever that means to you)
  • Positive outlook; relieves depression/anxiety

Want to learn more about Yoga and Aging? Join Coco this February 10-12, 2017 for a special Artful Aging: Yoga for an Aging Population Teacher Training. Click here for more details and to register.

About Coleen: Known as “Coco” by her students, Coleen has been studying yoga since 1995, and teaching since 1999. She is certified in Atma (Christopher Baxter) and pre-natal yoga (Janice Clairfield). In 2003 she became a Reiki Master . In 2008 she completed a 2 year Shamanic training in the Inka Mystery teachings.Her classes are gentle, meditative classes designed to develop intuition and connect people to their bodies wisdom. Earth-based and soul-centered, her classes draw upon her continued study of yoga, healing and energy medicine. All levels welcome!

Want to study with Coco? Click here for Coco’s teaching schedule.