Kentucky Seniors Enjoy Mental and Physical Benefits of Yoga

Julia Little  |  July 24, 2012

Many seniors are in pursuit of a form of physical activity that will challenge them enough to keep them fit without being too demanding. Seniors in Lexington, Kentucky, need not look any further than yoga, which is now being taught at the Lexington Senior Citizens Center, reports.

Victoria Wells, who leads classes of 20 seniors into poses like downward dog and warrior pose, told the news outlet that yoga is one of the best ways for seniors to stay active.

"People need to realize they have to take personal responsibility for their health," she told the publication. "And this is an awesome way to do that. It's just a beautiful, beautiful exercise, each person is getting exactly what they need."

The seniors seem to agree. Many find that it's a great way to reduce stress and is helping them feel stronger for daily activities, the news outlet reports. AARP reports that doctors often recommend yoga to adults over age 50 because it can lower blood pressure, ease aches and pains and increase balance. It can also improve sleep and be modified for almost any health condition, from fibromyalgia to osteoporosis. Luckily, many senior living communities across the country are taking note of this healthy trend and offering classes for residents. 

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