At the beginning of the year, we started offering yoga at the studio. I have been practicing various forms over my lifetime but it has been a while since I have been a while. I remember a lovely children’s book of yoga using animal names that I used to do with the boys when they were young. I started back in this time without really thinking about it and just jumped in, and I have now started to notice a real difference. We have two different instructors and one of them is 60 years old and just great with the older beginners class. Kathy is very intense and high energy but also great. I do both classes and I love the refreshing feelings of the workouts and how it really helps with stress.
I am also thinking about some yoga design products.
Here’s how yoga helps anti-aging:
Minimizes wrinklesYoga can reduce stress by nearly a third, reports a German study of 24 women. As a result, clenched jaws and furrowed brows relax, helping to smooth away wrinkles. Yoga may also rejuvenate skin’s glow by reducing oxidative stress, which breaks down skin’s elasticity. In an Indian study of 104 people, oxidative stress levels dropped by 9% after just 10 days of yoga.
Slows weight gain During a 10-year University of Washington study of 15,500 men and women over age 45, those who didn’t do yoga gained up to 13.5 pounds. Those who practiced regularly lost up to 5 pounds.
Eases pain Yoga is twice as effective as stretching at relieving back pain, according to another University of Washington study that had 101 people with lower-back pain do either yoga or stretching once a week for 3 months.
Helps you sleep like a baby Levels of the brain’s natural nighttime sedative, melatonin, decrease with age, but another Indian study found that when 15 men, ages 25 to 35, practiced yoga daily for 3 months, their melatonin levels increased.
Keeps you sharp Researchers at Jefferson Medical College discovered that just one yoga class helps keep the stress hormone cortisol in line. Elevated amounts may contribute to age-related memory problems.