As most can agree, exercising daily is easier said than done. Seniors may find themselves depressed by limitations, or exhausted by a program that is just not working. All too often, the focus becomes negative, which will encourage inactivity. Let’s shift the perspective! Let’s encourage seniors to acknowledge and accept what can not be changed, and manifest a lifestyle full of gratitude!
One of the best ways to adopt a new lifestyle practice is to manifest it. Choose to bring into fruition a lifestyle of healthy low impact exercises. Tell yourself, this is what your life WILL look like, and you will be happy in said routine. The best way to do this is to practice yoga with intention. Yoga is an ancient self-practice that anyone can do. You may have a mental image of a group of people on mats in the park doing lunges in unison. However, yoga is simply a practice of how we live in the present moment, and it takes many different forms.
Yoga styles can range from deep relaxation to hardcore workouts. As you develop a self-practice there is plenty of free access to the online instructor-led classes. You can practice yoga in the comfort of your home, on the beach, at the park, etc. You can lay down and listen to a guided meditation, sit and practice breathwork, or move through a heart-pumping vinyasa flow. The versatility of this practice makes it appropriate for everyone, and it is proven to help change our way of thinking.
So, who should practice yoga? Answer: any human who wants to be healthy and mindful. Yoga is a journey, of the self, through the self, to the self. The internal transformation that yoga brings will simply make you want to treat your body well. If you are having trouble finding motivation for daily exercise, practicing 15 minutes of yoga is a great place to start.
We hope you find your inner peace and a new exercise routine. Do you or a senior loved one need resources or placement? We are your advocate for senior placement and resources. Visit our site to see how we can help you.