Thursday, June 4, 2015

Research Proves It: Yoga Benefits Seniors!

A recent study at UC San Diego showed once again the many benefits of yoga, this time for older adults. The study followed yoga students with a median age of sixty-nine.  Students took weekly one-hour yoga classes held at local community centers for three months. The classes included gentle yoga postures designed to be accessible to all functional levels. Students who completed the study experienced the following benefits.
  • Statistically significant decreases in pain
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Increased mobility
  • Statistically significant decreases in symptoms of depression.
The study was small, (thirty-one students) and more work is needed to verify these results according to rigorous Western research standards.  But the initial results are encouraging and prove what the ancient yogis knew all along.

Yoga works!

Yoga is always best studied with a teacher.  In older populations, I think working with a trained teacher is essential.  Yoga for seniors is widely available at aging facilities, senior centers and community centers.  Check it out and see if you can find a yoga class appropriate for seniors near you!


Tracy Weber

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Linda O. Johnston said...

Good to know, Tracy!

Joan Varner said...

I have been thinking about starting a yoga class. I live in a retirement community and classes are offered. Unfortunately, they only offer one beginner class and that is at 8:30 am. I am not a morning person. I guess I will keep thinking about it.