Most people over the age of 50 tend to focus on lower body strength to prevent the accumulation of fat around the hips and belly. However, when you increase your upper body muscle mass, you also boost your resting metabolism. This in turn makes your body burn more calories. Yoga is great way to improve upper body strength and manage weight– no push ups required.
Tight shoulders? Chronic tension in your neck and upper back? Upper back pain and shoulder stiffness are common complaints. Try this short practice for releasing tension.
We’ve all seen it—a family out to dinner with children. The kids (and frequently the adults as well) have their heads bent, engrossed in their cell phones, and there is very little conversation happening at the table.
We’d all agree that play is important for children and for their social and emotional development. But research affirms the importance of play in adult lives, too.
While you may not be a big fan of snakes, Bhujangasana, or Cobra pose, is a wonderful heart-opening backbend. Not only does it invigorate your nervous system, but it also helps to align the spinal column and strengthen the back.
Slow, mindful yoga isn’t yoga for “old people.” Slow yoga benefits ALL of us because of it’s ability to sooth our nervous system and help us build resilience.
With age comes wisdom and grace. As a yoga therapist, I’ve worked with many people in their 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s. Most come with health concerns. But overwhelmingly, they come with a desire to age gracefully. Along the way, I’ve learned a great deal from these “graceful agers” about the keys to growing older with vitality and strength, both of body and mind. Here are seven lessons I’ve learned:
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Sleep disturbances are very common, and even more so the older we get. Yet experts recommend getting 7-9 hours each night. Ayurveda provides insight into how different energies are at play both during each 24 hour period and at different stages of life. Understanding and working in harmony with these rhythms can help you obtain a better night’s rest.
Gray winter skies and freezing cold temperatures can leave you feeling sad and lethargic. When it does, try this short, five-pose sequence of poses sure to lift your spirits.