- Relaxes the neck and back muscles, helping release stress and tension
- Helps alleviate body pain, tension and fatigue
- Increases flexibility enabling seniors to bend with greater ease
- Helps with co-ordination and improves balance
- Keeps the mind engaged and increases awareness
Not only does yoga help practitioners become steadier and stronger physically, it also helps keep them mentally sharp. Several bodies of research have pointed to meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises as some of the best ways to keep the brain from declining with age.
Chair Yoga is for those who want to remain fit, agile and independent. It also offers human connection and an element of socialisation.
The benefits of yoga for seniors are enhanced by having a regular weekly class, where we see the participants growing and looking forward to the class each week.
This style of yoga has elements of a regular yoga class for seniors, all practiced in the comfort of a chair where participants feel fully supported. The modified movements are simple and will improve wellbeing on so many levels.
Classes start and finish with mindful relaxation, focussing on the breath throughout the class to assist with lung function and nourishing every cell of the body with a little extra oxygen. Whilst introducing gentle movement to bring flexibility and ease of movement. Introducing chanting specifically with the intention of improving cognitive awareness.
Chair yoga is a safe and effective form of yoga with minimal risk of injury, keeping the participants focused and engaged in the practice with fun exercises to lift the mood of the room and create flexibility and balance.
New data collected through research is now suggesting that mind-body interventions including yoga and mindfulness meditation, show very positive effects on cognitive issues related to aging. Improving memory, self-worth and a sense of achievement whilst bringing people together as a collective to raise their energy levels. Yoga can be used systematically and sustainably, as a preventative step towards reducing the burdens on the health system due to the ever-increasing aging population.
The Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation (USA) has published information on the Kirtan Kriya singing exercise, after 10 years of research at UCLA by results show:
- Kirtan Kriya stimulates all the senses and the areas of the brain associated with these senses
- The use of the tongue stimulates the 84 acupuncture meridian points on the roof of the mouth, which sends a signal to the brain.
- The nerve endings in the fingertips, lips and tongue activate the motor and sensory areas of the brain.
- The practice can have powerful and positive effects on brain function, is uplifting and dynamic and can be practiced by everybody.
“Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self”