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Gentle yoga is an ideal way to start exercising for those of us who are less flexible – due to age, injury or illness, just ask any doctor. From a medical perspective, it is known that yoga helps to trigger the Parasympathetic Nervous System or PNS. The PNS is responsible for balancing the body and bringing its response system back into equilibrium. Stimulating the PNS helps to lower heart rate, blood pressure; it helps to healthily stimulate the immune system and keep the endocrine system operating healthily. When this system gets out of balance, or when the Sympathetic nervous system, SNS gets over-stimulated, the PNS helps to bring all back in balance. It is believed that if the PNS is over worked or under-active, illness pervades. Thus, the different approaches of yoga, movement, breathing and meditation, help to stimulate the PNS and generally beneficial overall body, mind well-being.
Gentle Yoga in Hitchin
Yoga can work for many different types of bodies, many different stages in life, and for each person's many different moods. While for some a Power Yoga class may seem like the way to go, for others a gentle yoga class may be optimal.
Gentle Yoga focuses on stretching and relaxing the body using a gentler approach to postures providing the body an opportunity to renew and heal. Countless studies have proven the physical and emotional benefits of this. Gentle yoga also know as senior yoga is a class of floor based exercises for gentle stretching legs and hips, along with soft standing movement and chair based exercises. combined with breath exercises and relaxation.
This form of Yoga is suitable for people with more limited mobility, ME, arthritis, recovering from long term-illness or operation or simply you like yoga but like a softer style.
This is one of YogaMindSpaces specialist classes and is held at The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living. all bookings should be done through the centre.
The Letchworth Centre
Although many of us feel that we should follow the advice of "taking it easy" as we grow older, that doesnt mean ALL the time!.
Extended periods of sitting lead to muscular shortening, tightening and weakening. Lack of weight-bearing activity contributes to osteoporosis. Lack of movement and stretching leads to joint deterioration and loss of flexibility. Of grave concern for our senior population is the lack of balance which stems, in part, from sitting rather than standing and from not challenging one's balance in various positions. Complications resulting from falls among people over the age of 65 frequently leadto a multitude of serious problems, sometimes culminating in death.
In light of our growing senior population and the health conditions associated with aging, researchers are beginning to take a closer look at the health concerns of this population and at how these issues can be addressed.
A gentler approach to yoga designed for anyone with restricted movement, recovering from illness or operation, or simply for those of you who love yoga but don't want the intense stretch!. The class includes posture work (asana), breath work (pranayama), meditation and relaxation.
Enjoying More Movement and Freedom
Yoga is considered by many to be a tremendous tool for combating the concerns of an aging society. The following information will explain how Yoga can be used with this population to increase mobility and reduce many health concerns facing the elderly.
Many health concerns have been linked to the sedentary lifestyle which is typical of many older people, including, but not limited to, the following: