Benefits of Yoga for All Ages
From Jessica Goltz, Crossing Rivers Health Service Excellence Coordinator
Additional credentials include:
- National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach through the National Board of Medical Examiners
- Certified Stress Management Coach
- Certified Lifestyle Weight Management Coach
- Certified Specialty Yoga Instructor
- Certified Sport Yoga Instructor
Did you know yoga was developed in India over 5,000 years ago? It has since evolved through modern times and has become quite popular. Today, many people are taking up yoga as a form of physical exercise, but it also has many additional benefits.
Benefits of yoga:
- Increased balance
- Increased strength and flexibility
- Decrease in stress and anxiety
- Help with achy muscles and fatigue
- Increased confidence/self-acceptance
- Improved concentration
- Toning of muscles and internal organs
- Creates focus and poise
- Ability to handle stressful situations easier
Thinking about starting yoga?
If you are thinking about starting yoga, you may be concerned with some of the popular “non-truths” you could have heard about this ancient practice. Below are some common questions many people have about yoga:
Can I do yoga if I am not flexible?
Absolutely! This is by far the most common reason people choose not to try yoga, but the truth is everyone has different levels of flexibility. Yoga helps to improve flexibility, while strengthening joints and muscles. Many of the poses can be modified to help those who are less flexible.
Do I have to be thin to do yoga?
Not at all! Yoga is an activity that all different shapes, sizes, ages, and genders can participate in. In addition, yoga has been proven to help with weight loss as it reduces the stress hormone Cortisol that is responsible for increased fat around the abdomen.
Can I do yoga if I have bad knees or a bad back?
Yes! In fact, we encourage you to participate in yoga to help improve chronic pain. While some poses may need to be modified, after time yoga will strengthen muscles surrounding the joints and possibly could help your pain.
I have a busy schedule but am interested in yoga. How can I fit it in?
There are many different options for yoga classes. You can attend a live class with an instructor or do a class through a DVD. If you are crunched for time, you can do a 10-minute video on YouTube or ask an instructor to show you a few moves that you can do at home for a few minutes. The key is to start small and allow yourself time to do 5-10 minutes of poses either in the morning or before bed.
Can men do yoga too?
For sure! There are many men that do yoga. In fact, yoga’s roots were discovered by men and there is a multitude of men who write about yoga and are teachers.
Are there any contraindications to yoga I should know about?
While yoga is not vigorous, there are a few health problems to be aware of such as heart problems and unsteady blood pressure. If you have either of these conditions, talk to your provider before starting a yoga practice.
Attend a free yoga session!
I encourage all ages and abilities to join me for a free yoga session at the Livin’ Well Wellness Fair at Crossing Rivers Health on Saturday, September 14 from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. The Livin’ Well Wellness Fair takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will feature speakers, interactive activities, and health and wellness-related services and vendors. All ages are welcome to attend.