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Published on: 09 Mar 2017 by kalynakapur
“Aging”, conjures up images of wrinkles and fine lines on our face. But, aging is more than just what the eye can see; it’s about our deteriorating health, tightening muscles, lack of strength, and aching joints. After a certain age, it could very well become difficult to keep up our physical wellness, owing to our lifestyle.
Everybody wants to look good on the outside and feel stable and healthy on the inside. Cosmetic companies are trying to fill this need. We see advertisements on televisions and magazines that tell us how we can look and feel young. These, however, deal only with our outer appearance.
Yoga is the perfect natural solution to aging and its effects. A dedicated regular yoga practice can keep us youthful and healthy, both inside and out. So, how does yoga work its magic on the human body?
Yoga’s basic premise is that, is a not just a physical practice, it is also essential for our mental function and spiritual development. When we get older, weightlifting or cardio might not be our workout routine of choice because of the strain it puts on our body. However, adding yoga to our anti-aging fitness routine can help strengthen mind and body as well as increase life expectancy. Despite being less strenuous than working out in a gym, yoga is indeed able to develop strength in every area of the body. It puts less pressure on our organs and the heart, yet massages and invigorates them thoroughly. Also, yoga can be continuously modified, keeping in mind a person’s age and fitness level.
Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. As we age, our muscles tighten and shrink due to insufficient activity and even trying to touch our toes becomes a task. Doing yoga stretches, actually lengthens the muscles and increases flexibility even in the most rigid areas. Sticking to the practice for a longer period, does in fact banish all aches and pains.
Yoga inversions get blood flow to the head and upper areas of the body. These inversions, unique to yoga, ensure that our face and skin glows with health and our eyes, nose, ears are benefitted when the blood flow is directed towards our sense organs.
An adult should get at least 8-9 hours of sleep at night. Many of us do not even get 6 hours of sleep, due to a hectic lifestyle. We can recuperate through restorative yoga asanas like Savasana, Balasana, and Salabhasana.
As we grow, certain things become a part of our regular lifestyle. While some of these may be good for our body, i’m betting that many of them may actually be detrimental habits. If we are intent on fighting aging, then the first step is to reconsider our current lifestyle.
Looking gorgeous externally is good but beauty needs to be more than skin-deep. A healthy body, a calm mind, and a happy disposition are the real beauty products that will boost our belief and enhance our personality.
We cannot defy aging forever but certainly, we can slow down its progress and remain energetic and able bodied till our death, by adopting a better lifestyle.
Sapna Sondhi Dutt
Sapna has 18 years of experience as a yoga teacher and practitioner. She founded her yoga studio, Yoga with Sapna, with the aim of spreading the benefits of the art with the masses. She has also created unique sequences for practicing traditional yoga and each class is different, not a set routine. Physical asanas, breathing, and meditation are all done in an integrated flow. Students at Sapna's yoga studio range from beginners to those who have been coming there for over ten years.