The Seniors’ Guide to Kickstarting Your Yoga and Meditation Practice

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The Seniors’ Guide to Kickstarting Your Yoga and Meditation Practice

The Seniors’ Guide to Kickstarting Your Yoga and Meditation Practice

Yoga and meditation are truly for everyone, even seniors. Although the older population is often confronted with decreased mobility and a sedentary lifestyle, yoga can be a great addition to any senior’s daily routine. Not only can yoga get you off the couch, but it can also increase your balance, flexibility, and longevity. At the same time, meditation can increase your mental capacity and even prevent certain diseases. Just like with any new hobby, jumping into yoga and meditation can seem overwhelming. However, it is quite easy to get started! Here are a few easy steps to take that can get you doing yoga and meditation today.

Pick a Gentle Routine
 Some forms of yoga are quite intense. For example, Ashtanga yoga is often described as an aerobic activity and can easily get you out of breath. However, aim for something gentler and easier if you suffer from limited mobility. You might want to look into gentle yoga or even chair yoga if your mobility is extremely limited or you aren’t used to much activity. There are many online yoga sequences and guides that you can use to get started today.

You should also explore what sorts of meditation might interest you. There are many types of meditation, from mindfulness to mantra to even walking meditations. According to Health Line, there are approximately six types of meditation practices that are popular today. Because most mediation is done will sitting, age does not factor into what you can do. Spend some time reading about and even practicing each one to discover which type works best for you. Meditation can easily be done from home. You can set up a calm space to meditate away from noise and distractions of your daily life.

Find a Class
Finding a class with an experienced teacher is the best way to learn both yoga and meditation. A class can give you one-on-one instruction if you need help, provide you with a community of people with similar interests, and even new friends. Yoga and meditation classes can also maximize the mental and social benefits you get from your new routine. Both yoga and meditation can help prevent some mental health diseases, and when you add in an extra support group, the benefits can be tremendous.

For example, yoga and meditation can be extremely helpful for those recovering from addiction because they can help you lower stress and better handle your emotions – two factors that often cause relapses. Often, having a good relationship with your spiritual self can be just as important as having a good relationship with your physical self.

Additionally, yoga and meditation can help boost self-esteem and self-confidence, which are keys to overcoming depression. It’s no secret that depression can cause a wide array of different problems, from isolation and loneliness to physical health issues like gum disease. Yoga can also address problems with gut health, which can become a problem in a number of different ways when the healthy bacteria in your gut gets completely out of balance.

Learn the Lingo
There is a lot of lingo involved in both yoga and meditation. While you don’t have to learn all of this lingo now, it can be useful to make it easier to follow along with instructional videos and guides. Some forms of yoga seem to have a whole language of their own, but learning just a few words and phrases can help you figure out what the instructor is saying.  Greatest has a very thorough guide to yoga lingo. You don’t necessarily have to memorize and read through the whole guide, but having it handy while you’re researching online can come in handy.

Meditation also has its lingo, but it is not nearly as intensive as yoga. Most of the time, you can begin a meditation practice without learning specific vocabulary.

Starting any new hobby can seem hard and overwhelming, especially when there is a lot of lingo to learn and particular variants to sort through. By following this guide, however, you can begin your yoga and meditation practice on the right foot.

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