Being healthy, especially for seniors can have challenges. Weight is often an issue. Next, is being able to embrace physical activity. Two difficulties that are hard to overcome.
A recent conversation with a bicycle rider got me thinking about it. It was obvious the rider was a senior, Even with his back to me.
He was stooped over, stiff legged, touching his toes.
I quietly waited until I had his attention. “How do you do that?” I asked, indicated the toe touching thing.
“Yoga”. It was a one word answer, and not the one I expected.
He went on to talk about the wonders of doing yoga and all it had done for him. He had been actively going to yoga classes for nearly eight years. I guessed his age to be eighty or perhaps a little more.
He told me that if I began now, it would be touching my toes in a couple of weeks.
While the yoga craze is not new, it is certainly not mainstream.
What is Yoga?
- Is yoga a noun or a verb?
- Something you do, or something you are?
- Is it capitalized or lowercase?
Wikipedia says this: Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
In an effort to learn more, I found that Yoga begins (according to some) as a spiritual thing. Finding a life force that is rooted in the spine.
Yoga, some say, is a form of spiritual growth gained through physical and mental exercises.
My Image of Yoga
I am sure most have an idea of what yoga is. Mine includes Tibetan monks sitting in the snow chanting.
I imagine a cross between Kung Fu Panda, and people walking across hot coals. None of that of course is anywhere close to being the case.
Yoga For The Mainstream
Yoga is exercise. Body positions that involve stretching. Movements intended to challenge.
A quick check of Amazon shows that more than 25,000 yoga mats are sold every month. Apparently somebody is doing Yoga.
What does Yoga have to do with being healthy?
The easy answer… just about everything.
HealthyLivingAfter60.com has written about diet and exercise.
Our articles on Tai Cheng have helped thousands answer questions about the exercise regime and how it works for seniors. Regis Philbin and Dick Van Dyke have both endorsed the program that is based on a martial arts regime.
It is body movements, done in what seems like slow motion, that resembles martial arts moves. The stretching helps with muscle strength and balance control.
It appears that Yoga can help to accomplish many of the the same goals.
It’s interesting that both Yoga and Tai Cheng, with roots in spirituality, are now an amazingly effective approach to physical activity.
If spiritual growth of one form or another is achieved, that is simply a welcome, unintended consequence.
More information on Tai Cheng, the program endorsed by Dick Van Dyke and Regis Philbin is available by reading our article Tai Cheng Exercise for Seniors.
We updated the article here, Tai Cheng Exercise for Seniors 2017
There is an amazing home Yoga program available on-line that has found millions of happy followers.
The focus of Yoga Burn for Women, is exercise to lose weight. The added benefit is what the senior who was able to touch his toes found. Better flexibility. Being able to do the things we did ten, twenty or even thirty years ago.
Yoga Burn for Women seems to target women who are in their thirties or forties. The program however, seems appropriate for anyone who just wants to learn Yoga, and achieve the benefits of more mobility. The idea of losing weight is wonderful to think about.
Losing weight is the second pressing goal of many, including seniors.
I can’t speak to Yoga as a method for weight. The Yoga plan noted above says it’s possible. Even likely.
I do know that my article How I Lost 29 Pounds in 90 Days will help nearly anyone to lose weight if they are willing to do what is required. Read it and see if you’re up to it.
Being healthy should be a goal of everybody. As a cancer survivor, I understand it’s more than just diet and exercise.
If illness is not your fight, diet and exercise are two keys to being healthy. Yoga can be helpful. Tai Cheng works for those who do it. Diet is vital. My choice is Keto or low carbs. I know it works.
Get healthy and enjoy the best years yet.
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