19 Nov Yoga for anti ageing
Staying Young with Yoga and Yoga for anti ageing
If you are looking for an easy and enjoyable way to keep your mind and body in great shape as the decades roll by, Mind Body Cleanse Yoga for Anti-Ageing might be your answer. It can be done anytime and just about anywhere, and is a low-impact way to strengthen and stretch not just the body, but even the brain too!
In areas with great yogic influence – in some parts of India for example – the average lifespan is much longer than that of western Europe and the U.S.A – despite limited or no affordable healthcare for the average person on the street. There is no NHS in India, that’s for sure!
Yoga has been shown to decelerate the ageing process by the positive impact the practice has upon the body in a holistic sense:
- It tones soft tissue – tendons and ligaments around the joints, and gives elasticity to your muscles.
- It can help to reduce fat and slows weight gain particularly around the middle.
- Yoga can strengthen ones back and shoulders and also help with balance.
- Yoga can calm your heart rate, and ease your mind. This promotes a bodily as well as a spiritual peace.
- Yoga can also improve your posture. This is important because bad posture can contribute to poor health and is symptomatic of an ageing body.
All of the above are fundamental keys in unlocking the door to the world of anti-ageing.
Yoga also plays a positive role in terms of mental health. Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, U.S.A. recently conducted some research on a yoga class and the effects that it had on the brain. The study confirmed that yogi practice actually plays an important role in the balance of the stress hormone cortisol in the brain. Elevated cortisol levels may actually contribute to memory related issues such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, yoga keeps them checked.
Yoga can facilitate sleep. As we age levels of melatonin – a chemical released from our brains to our bodies telling us when to sleep – begins to decrease. Another study, this time from India, found that in 15 men, between the ages of 25-35, that were practising yoga on a daily basis for a duration of 3 months, actually had increased levels of melatonin, promoting restful sleep.
The beauty of yoga for anti-ageing is that you can begin at any age and it will assist with longevity and the anti-ageing process – there are no pre-requisites – just an open mind! It is well documented that yogis have lived long and fulfilling lives, with many living well past 90 years old. In fact, the world’s oldest yoga instructor – according to the Guinness Book of World Records – Tao Porchon-Lynch, turned 95 years old on August 15th, 2013. Tao has practised yoga for over 70 years!!
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