Practice of the Month


GMM promotes yoga to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee Year 

Ghantali Mitra Mandal (GMM), Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association has entered the Diamond Jubilee Year of its foundation. All at GMM are giving relentless and selfless service to society to make Yoga maximum applicable. On the eve of new year, a grand function of…

RV Institute of Management curates a certification course for senior citizens 

In a groundbreaking move, the RV Institute of Management (RVIM), Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association has curated a month-long certification course tailored specifically for senior citizens, focusing on the Common Yoga Protocol. This innovative course is designed to cater to the unique health and…

SRD Girls Degree College organises Workshop 

SRD Girls Degree College, Hathras, Uttar Pradesh conducts 7days yoga workshop for the post graduate students in association with Indian Yoga Association (IYA). Yogacharya Sumit Kumar Singh, Member, Uttar Pradesh State Chapter, IYA was instrumental in organising the workshop.

Yog Sports Association of Bengal hosts awarness programme 

Yog Sports Association of Bengal, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association organises yoga awarness programme in the remote villages of West Bengal in Megha Yoga Club & Vyamagar in association with Indian Yoga Association. The awareness programs were also conducted in Darjeeling & Coochbehar for…

Jharkhand SCC conducts the 89th day celebration of Yoga Mahotsav 

On the 89th day of the ‘100 Days Countdown Yoga Mahotsav of International Yoga Day 2024,” an event sponsored by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi, under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, took place in two sessions at Dani…

Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center celebrates Holi 

The Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association, recently marked the occasion of Holi Milan at Nehru Bal Udyan with vibrant celebrations. Participants joyously engaged in the festivities, adorning each other with flower petals and applying colorful gulal tilak. Amidst…

TNSCC and GTN Arts College organises International Conference 

Tamil Nadu State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association and GTN Arts College (Autonomous), Dindigul jointly held a 2-day International Conference on Physical Education and Yoga recently. The inauguration was presided over by Dr P Balagurusamy, Principal of GTN Arts College. Dr. R. Durai, Director, GTN…

NIRAMAYA offers free training 

NIRAMAYA, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association continues to promote yoga and the motto of the Association to uplift the rural sector of the society. Under the rural project Yog-Chetana and Yogabhishek, NIRAMAYA is offering free yoga training to the students. In March, 2024 about…

Yoga & Happiness organises felicitation ceremony 

Yoga & Happiness, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association on March 24, 2024, hosted a memorable convocation and certificate distribution ceremony, honoring over 150 candidates who successfully completed their training and received prestigious certificates from both the Yoga Certification Board (YCB) and IYA. The event…

Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

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17 Apr 2024


Yogic Lifestyle and Geriatric Care

Yogic Lifestyle and Geriatric Care 

Smt Meetal Koticha Shah
Joint Executive Trustee, Project ‘Life’ &
Senior Vice-Chairperson, IYA, Gujarat Chapter

Old age, often seen as a difficult phase in life, can be actually joyous and enjoyable through regular practice of Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama. Yogic lifestyle can pave the way to live a stress free, peaceful and serene life.

The changes ushered by old age are multifold. Social adjustment, dependence, generation gap, differences in way of thinking and value system can be frustrating and can affect the life adversely. Life’s greatest pain is expectations. Feeling sidelined and ignored or avoided by mainstream can cause ailments and poor sense of well-being, sometimes depression and dejection.

Society has undergone rapid changes. Nuclear families have replaced joint families and support systems have been dwindling. People live with high stress levels and irregular routines. Old age and retirement from active lifestyle create alarming voids. Unmanageable mental and physical conditions and lack of family support have compelled people to seek solace in old age homes and the number is on the increase.

Getting old is imminent and unavoidable. But living healthy and happy is not.

While physical and mental changes are a normal occurrence with increasing age. Life can be healthier and better managed in old age by adopting a Yogic lifestyle.

Yoga can augment adaptability and flexibility through enhancement of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing, leading to comfort and content in the silver years.

Age is only a number and one is only as old as one feels. Yogic lifestyle can make huge difference in living and provide a cheerful, optimistic and healthy state of mind, body and soul. Introspection, devotion, and spiritual outlook are natural effects of Yogic practices.

The practice is simple and easy to adopt:

  1. Regular brisk walk in the open air, preferably in morning.
  2. Yogasana, Pranayama and Meditation.
  3. Humor and laughter.
  4. Enlighten your Retirement.
  5. Regular sleep routine. Early to bed & early to rise.
  6. Regular physical activity. Exercise.
  7. Optimism.
  8. Refrain from negative thoughts.
  9. Develop new hobbies.

Happiness is a state of mind, easily found within.
Healthy life practices lead to happiness.
Age cannot damage, if we can manage. Because health is in our hands.

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