the union of mind and body with yoga has so many benefits on the anti-aging front. aging isn’t just about the physical aspects, like puffy eyes and sagging skin. the aging process has many internal effects, like mental and emotional changes. some signs of aging are external and can be seen by anyone you interact with. others are internal and are hard to recognize, like decreasing mood and energy.
yoga is a mind, body and soul practice that helps slow down aging and even reverse the effects. a consistent yoga practice will help you stay young. the many benefits of yoga include:
- keeping your bones and muscles healthy
- promoting the smooth functioning of internal processes
- reducing mental stress
- having younger looking, glowing skin
face yoga. it’s a thing. a study published in jama dermatology found that the practice can actually make people look younger. but you don’t have to do “face yoga” per say in order to reap the anti-aging yoga benefits.
a recent study from the american board of anti-aging medicine says regular deep meditation dramatically affects production of three important hormones related to increased longevity, lower stress, and enhanced well-being: cortisol, dhea, and melatonin. it doesn’t matter where you are starting from or at what age you begin—movement and yoga can help reverse the clock.
here are a few ways yoga fights aging:
- hormones. dhea is known as the “anti-aging hormone” and as we age, our body produces less of it. yoga and meditation ups dhea production and provides a buffer from cortisol, the stress hormone.
- balance. everyone struggles with balance as they age but yoga is an excellent counter weapon. practicing yoga and various poses like tree, high lunge, and chair, can improve your balance and flexibility at any age.
- bones. weight-bearing exercises help maintain and improve bone strength. think lunge poses like side angle and warrior 1 and 2.
- spine. as we age, vertebral openings narrow. yoga can help you build strength and create better postural habits, counteracting back pain that comes from the narrowing.
blood pressure. one in three american adults has high blood pressure. a recent study showed that patients who did yoga in a studio 2-to-3 times per week for 24 weeks, experienced a statistically significant drop in their blood pressure, greater than the diet-only group.
yoga can’t get rid of your gray hair but you will reap real benefits from the mental and physiological changes associated with flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance. if you don’t use it you’ll lose it. and yoga is a great way to keep—and even improve—what you have. the stronger you became, the greater the benefit for both your body and brain.
from yin yoga for its restorative nature to aerial yoga for its innovative experience, there is a class for everyone and for every body. we hope you’ll join us and see the benefits for yourself.