As cold and flu season approaches us, almost everyone we know has been sick in one way or another. The good news is that practicing yoga for seniors can help us fight off illness and recover more quickly if those annoying viruses happen to find their way into our bodies.
Stress has been linked to a number of illnesses, including heart disease and stomach problems. Whether it’s isolation, social stress or another form, stress can suppress a senior’s immune system, making us more susceptible to viruses.
Senior Yoga classes promote circulation and heart health and relax the body and mind. It also helps boost seniors’ immune systems and helps ward off infections.
Studies have shown that over 55% of people who do yoga classes for seniors found that it helped them get better sleep. Sleep, one of the best natural immune system boosters, helps us respond better to inflammation and stress and also is shown to improve our response to the flu vaccine.
Gentle yoga for seniors can alleviate the symptoms of minor viral infections as well as boost the immune system to help the body recover from illness. Any type of physical activity will give a boost to the immune system, and yoga, with its inherent stress reducing and immune enhancing properties, will both provide a short-term boost and a long-term strengthening of the immune system. In addition to a general yoga practice, specific yoga for seniors postures can be used to target specific organs of the immune system to further enhance yoga’s immune boosting abilities.
A senior yoga practice with its twisting, stretching, squeezing and strengthening poses massages and brings fresh blood supply to the organs of the immune system like the spleen and thymus. It makes the support systems like the circulatory system, muscular system and digestive system more efficient at supplying nutrients and carrying away wastes.
For more information regarding Senior Yoga or upcoming Senior Yoga Certification trainings, contact Debbie Russo: [email protected] or call 630-291-4884.