If you thought yoga was only for young people, think again. As a system of exercises used for attaining physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, yoga can be adapted to fit a variety of people with diverse abilities and needs. Dating back 5,000 years—to the third millennium BC—the benefits of yoga were and still are infinite. Increased muscle tone and flexibility, improved balance and strength, weight reduction, and protection from injury are just a few of the benefits active and healthy seniors can expect from practicing this ancient, therapeutic art form.
Did you know many senior centers, retirement communities, health clubs, and churches offer free or low-cost yoga classes for your enjoyment? There is also a wealth of online and print resources available for learning various yoga techniques. If you are considering taking up yoga, be sure to check with your doctor first—especially if you suffer from chronic health problems or haven't been physically active in a while.
So, think you're ready to get started with yoga? There's no better time than the month of April, which, by the way, happens to be National Occupational Therapy Month. In fact, when combined with occupational therapy, yoga can help older adults regain mobility to stay active and young—but you don't have to take our word for it.
Check out this video of Mabes Morrill, featured on TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda. As a resident at the Presbyterian Senior Living community of Westminster Village in Dover, DE, Mabes has been teaching yoga to her fellow residents for over 40 years. If she can get down, so can you! And remember, you're never too old for yoga.
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Presbyterian Senior Living is a not-for-profit organization, fulfilling its charitable purpose and mission by providing high quality retirement choices, healthcare services and affordable residential living options for people 55 and older for more than 85 years. Headquartered in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, Presbyterian Senior Living provides services to approximately 6,000 seniors in 30 locations in the mid-Atlantic region of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Delaware.