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14 Jul 2005

Hi - I am in mid fifties starting yoga for first time. Will it help joints and strengthen muscles. I have a very weak one side and go for chiropractor regularly.

My Mom is 85 - has Osteo and compacted discs. She used to do yoga will "mild" yoga help her.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi there DD - yoga will help you on a number of levels, starting with an increased ability to manage and deal with stress through control of your breathing - which has positive ramifications for the immune system. A consistent yoga practice goes a long way toward mitigating the effects of the fight-or-flight response by giving your body the opportunity to rest completely.

But yoga does more than that. According to health experts, yoga can stimulate the bones to retain calcium, provided the body gets enough calcium in the first place. It does this through weight-bearing poses (like arm balances, inversions, and standing poses) that affect the whole spine, arms, shoulders, elbows, legs, knees, ankles, and feet, while encouraging full range of motion. B.K.S. Iyengar, master of yoga's therapeutic applications, explains the benefits of yoga by means of what he calls its "squeezing and soaking" actions. He contends that through the process of squeezing out the old, stale blood or lymphatic fluids and soaking the area with fresh, oxygenated blood or fluids, yoga helps the body to utilize the nutrients it needs.

In addition yoga gives us confidence and stability as we move through the world. Many older people experience falls because they lose confidence in their ability to move properly; others suffer from poor eyesight, weakened muscles (often from lack of use), poor posture, or arthritis. Yoga will improve posture and coordination, strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and create balance - and it’s never too late to start or start again...


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