It’s just amazing how a number of yoga studios out there seem to target youthful enthusiasts who are following the “cool” yoga trend. Surely, their idea is to get the best workout possible out of the hour-an-a-half class by choosing more intense styles such as Power Yoga, and Ashtanga Vinyasa.
With that in mind, folks that have been practicing yoga for decades raise questions about the safest and most effective way to continue their practices through midlife and beyond.
When looking at this population, Soul Sync Yoga decided to develop a program that would focus not only on teaching Yoga for beginners over 50 but also the longtime devotees looking to continue their practices at the perfect level.
The Idea Behind Yoga for the Mature Audience
There was a time when Yoga was an “old person’s sport”. Folks would look for it with the intention of prolonging their life while increasing life appreciation. They were hearing that Yoga made them feel better about themselves.
The thing though, was that as Yoga gained popularity, a vast number of younger fanatics boomed at studios all over the country. That made it more difficult for the veteran yogi to be able to follow the flows while mingling in with the immature crowd.
A Special Program
Yoga is for everyone. If taken appropriately and in right quantities. Just like everything else in life, you need to find a balance. Hence, it can be practiced at any age. Rule number one is to adapt the changes to the changing body.
We lose flexibility, loss of range, motion, and balance, as well as stamina, and endurance over time. It’s common sense that someone with some types of common aging body diseases such as osteoporosis, or arthritis may want to avoid a more challenging position that would require extreme extension, or spine flexion.
And with Glaucoma for example, we want to avoid taking the head below the heart on certain positions such as headstands among others. It’s important to stress that when in doubt, it’s recommended to talk to a doctor.
The Benefits are Endless
We all know that flexibility is the keyword to maintain a good health. For example, say someone keeps practicing the same flow over and over again through the years, that person will probably see a decline in certain abilities as he or she ages, but will most likely not see a loss of flexibility.
Usually, that happens only when a practice is stopped. Maintaining flexibility will naturally increase muscle strength and tone, as well as improved respiration, energy and vitality.
It will maintain a balanced metabolism and reduce weight while improving cardio and circulatory health. In the end, performance and protection from injury will increase.
The Perfect Crowd
As a teacher with more than 25 years of experience with Yoga, I felt the need to develop programs that would combine both the changes I started to see in my own aging body with the demand that this compassionate crowd has over a specially designed plan.