Yoga & Aging
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Anatomy of the Spine - About Health

According to yoga philosophy,
it’s the flexibility of the spine,
not the number of years
from your birth,
not your chronological age
that determines a person’s age.

YOGA and Aging

The Western world is obsessed with chronological age. According to yoga philosophy, it’s the flexibility of the spine, not the number of years from your birth, not your chronological age that determines a person’s age.

Some of the most profound symptoms of aging that many obsess are physical, observed from the outside. With aging our hair thins and turns gray, skin thins becomes less elastic, skin wrinkles and takes longer to heal.

  • Heart – is a muscle that thickens with age. Maximum pumping rate and the body’s ability to extract oxygen from the blood both diminish with age.
  • Lungs – Lung tissue begins to lose its elasticity, and rib cage muscles shrink progressively. Maximum breathing capacity diminishes with each decade of life.
  • Arteries – Arteries stiffen with age. Additionally, fatty deposits build up in your blood vessels over time, eventually causing arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
  • Body Fat – increases until middle age, stabilizes until later in life, then decreases. Distribution of fat shifts – moving from just beneath the skin to surround deeper organs.
  • Muscles – muscle mass decline, especially with lack of exercise.
  • Bones – Bones lose density and become brittle. Bones lose minerals faster than they are replaced.
  • Eyesight – loss of peripheral vision and decreased ability to judge depth. Decreased clarity of colors. (This is why some seniors dangerous to drive an automobile.)
  • Sexual Health – Women go through menopause, vaginal lubrication decreases and sexual tissues atrophy. In men, sperm production decreases and the prostate enlarges. Hormone levels decrease.

In general, Regular physical activity & exercise, a balanced diet  (low in animal fats and high in vegetables and whole grains.), social involvement, moderate or no alcohol, and no smoking, can significantly slow down the aging process. All of these are encouraged with Yoga!

Yoga slows down the aging process by giving elasticity to the spine.

Elasticity to the Spine:

  • Firms up the skin.
  • Increases blood circulation.
  • supports the immune system.
  • Helps with weight loss & maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Improves muscle tone and elasticity. 
  • Helps with digestion; strengthening the abdominal muscles.
  • Calms the Body and the Mind.

Yoga helps with:

  • Body Flexibility
  • Resilience (Ability to Recover & Heal)
  • Strength
  • Fitness Training
  • Weight Control
  • Health Maintenance (Supports your Immune System)
  • Stress Reduction
  • Spiritual Tradition
  • Comprehensive Lifestyle

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Yoga and Aging

When it comes to aging, we often see an elderly person hunched and bent over. Or an elderly person bent over leaning over a grocery cart.

When the head is carried too far forward your muscles have to work overtime to prevent it dropping further. This causes kyphosis (round upper back) - Mary Stewart Yoga Over 50

Poor posture such as looking down at your cell phone, playing video games, typing (on the computer) and driving may contribute to a hunched-over appearance. 

Poor diet may contribute to osteoporosis. Our bones, all cells of our body require nutrients to remain healthy.

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes the bones to become weak, brittle, and thin.  Spinal stenosis often occurs due to the normal wear and tear of aging.

1.      Stenosis is the abnormal narrowing of a body channel. 

2.      Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, which puts pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. The spinal cord may narrow due to bone overgrowth or herniated disc.

3.      Women are more susceptible of getting Osteoporosis.

4. When the spinal cord or nerve roots are compressed, it can lead to numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs. This is known as sciatica.

Yoga works to S-T-R-E-T-C-H your spine and connective tissue; strengthen your muscles, and support your Immune System. As we grow older and age, our ability to continue many of our sports and exercises decline and fall off. But yoga may continue through advanced old age; there is Chair Yoga and even yoga postures lying on your back in bed. Yoga can be for a lifetime!

Yoga may not add years to your life,
but Yoga will add LIFE to your years!

Yoga Over 50 by Mary Stewart

This is a book that I highly recommend for Everyone! 

Even short periods of regular, daily yoga practice can lead to positive changes to your quality of life, however old you are….


Growing older is an inescapable fact of life.   When we are young the physical capital we are born with seems inexhaustible. It is only when we reach middle age that we become more aware of the depletion of our natural stores of vitality. The good health and physical strength that we took for granted begin to show the results of wear and tear. The aging process cannot be halted, but we do have the choice whether to conserve our health and make the most of our potential, or fritter away our energies. Yoga is about the first of these choices.

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A Body at Rest tends to Stay at Rest
A Body in Motion tends to Stay in Motion

Newton's Laws of Motion

Don't Expect Good Results From:

Bad Habits!

Bad Diets!

Lack of Exercise!

Sedentary Lifestyle!

Question: What are YOU going to do?

“Do you not know that your bodies
are temples of the Holy Spirit,
who is in you,
whom you have received from God?
You are not your own...
therefore glorify God in your body.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“If we do not know
how to take care of ourselves
and to love ourselves,
we cannot take care of the people we love.
Loving oneself is the foundation
For loving another person.”
Thich Nhat Hahn

Sugar Stacks

Super Size Me

“Happiness does not come from consumption of things.” 

― Thich Nhat Hanh

What's For Dinner?

Obesity & Hunger Connections

Yoga a Life Changing Lifestyle

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