Staying upright on our own two feet seems like an easy enough thing, but just like everything that naturally ages, our ability to balance does too. Yoga is great for strengthening the muscles involved in maintaining balance, as well as the visual cues we need to be strong in our equilibrium. Good posture, breath, and focusing exercises not only improve your balance, but also provide comfort, respiratory ease and enhance your mood.
An improved sense of body awareness is also often seen in people who practice yoga regularly. For a senior, this enhanced awareness can translate into an increased confidence in their ability to get around without falling. This is why we use chairs or a wall to help steady us in certain poses.
- Reduces joint swelling
- Improves core strength and mobility
- Builds balance and helps prevent falls
- Creates higher muscular endurance and stamina
- Builds greater bone density
- Reduces stress and improves sleep
The loss of our ability to balance can be a frustrating, or even a scary thought. But, with regular practice, yoga can definitely ease your concerns. One tip while doing yoga for balance is to keep your eyes open and gaze at a point in front of you. The visual cues you get are key in helping the body maintain its equilibrium and balance.