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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…

YVNites honored at KKSU 

In 12th Convocation of Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek on March 6, 2024, YVN trained teacher (33rd YTTC Dadar), Smt Vanita Mugdam felicitated with gold medal for standing highest in M. A. in Yogashastra through open and distance education (ODL) by scoring 86.5 %…

YVN to conclude Golden Jubilee Celebrations 

Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute, Indian Yoga Association is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year from March 2023 to April 2024. Concluding function of Golden Jubilee Year Celebration will be held on April 9, 2024, in between 4pm to 7pm, at Yoga Bhavan, the own structure…

YVN organises events to promote Yoga 

Annual Exhibition Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association held one day program on Annual Exhibition cum lectures on January 14, 2024 at Yoga Bhavan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. After floral salute to statue of Swami Kuvalayanand and founder of YVN late Yogacharya Padmashri…

J&K UTCC announces Scholarship Certification Program 

The Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Chapter Committee in association with Swaraj Yoga Institute announced a scholarship certification program from various categories, border areas and BPL background. The announcement was made under the chairmanship of Dr Shreyansh Jain and Shri Anil Swaraj, Founder, Swaraj Yoga…

Chandigarh SCC organizes Yoga Camp 

Chandigarh State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association organized 5 Days Yoga Camp for a healthy Lifestyle at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration (GCCBA Chandigarh, a constituent college of the Panjab University), Sector 50, Chandigarh from February 26 – March 1, 2024. This boot…

Karnataka SCC conducts GBM at Art of Living Ashram 

Karnataka State Chapter Committee of the Indian Yoga Association organised its General Body Meeting on January 28, 2024 with the blessings of Gurudev Shri Shri Ravishankar, Chairman, Indian Yoga Association at the Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru. The event was attended by the members…

Chandigarh SCC celebrates Republic Day at Consulate General of India, Canada 

Glimpses of the Republic Day celebrations by Shri Ajit Handa, Chairperson, Chandigarh State Chapter Committee at Consulate General of India, Vancouver. He was on a vacation in Canada with is daughter.

SAHS and IYA celebrates International Mind Body Wellness Day 

The NSS unit, School of Allied Health Sciences, Salem, Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (DU) in collaboration with Indian Yoga association celebrated International Mind Body Wellness Day on January 3. On the occasion an awareness programme was held at the Skill Lab Auditorium. Prof.Dr.B.Sendilkumar, Director, SAHS,…

Shree Kala Yoga organises Yoga Trainer Camp 

Shree Kala Yoga, Associate Centre, Indian Yoga Association in along with Gujarat State Yog Board organised Yog Trainer Camp in Gandhidham. As many as 35 trainee attended the 45 days long training camp that commenced on December 1, 2023. The camp culminated on January 16,…



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07 Apr 2024

Yogavani

Yoga and Healthy Ageing
Editorial

Yoga and Healthy Ageing 

Yoga is an applied science that re-establishes the lost balance by enriching our mind. It is a classical Indian form that creates a dynamic connectivity between body, mind and soul. Yoga helps one age better and improves flexibility and strength of the body through simple practices. Mental health may include an individual’s ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.

Yoga is a spiritual way of life that transcends all ages. Evolution from “I” to “WE;” from being a limited individual to becoming an expanded universal human being is made possible through Yoga, which is a classical Indian form that creates a dynamic connectivity between body, mind and soul. One can start learning this art at any age; in fact experts believe Yoga helps one age better and improves flexibility and strength of the body through simple and uncomplicated practices as well as to stay physically fit, mentally alert, and enhance spirituality.

Ageing is an inevitable natural process associated with sluggish metabolism, demineralization of bone and decreased energy levels, feeling of weakness and decrease in power of resistance. Injuries take longer to recover with common complaints of arthritis, rheumatism, incontinence, insomnia, constipation, coughing, difficulty in breathing, bronchitis, prostate enlargement, high blood pressure, diabetes, paralysis, etc., coupled with mental depression, loneliness, anxiety, suspicion, self-centeredness, low self-esteem due to wear and tear of the brain tissues. This raises the need for the seniors to stay fit and healthy during this age, though degeneration of the body also set some limits to the types of exercises they can do.

Yoga practice increases hippocampus gray matter volume in non-demented elderly. Comprehensive lifestyle intervention was associated with significant increase in telomere length and improved telomerase activity. A review included all studies of yoga with older adults and concluded that there were trends toward improvement in strength, balance, gait and flexibility in older adults participating in yoga. Interventions that are more holistic and comprehensive can address multiple aspects of health in well-being at the same time.
Telomere shortness in human beings is a prognostic marker of ageing, disease, and premature morbidity. It was concluded by Dean Ornish and colleagues that comprehensive lifestyle intervention was associated with significant increase in telomere length and improved telomerase activity.
Dr Meena Ramanathan and colleagues recommended that Yoga should be made a part of health-care facilities for elderly as it can enhance the quality of life by improving their overall mental health status. It could provide a healthy and positive alternative from depressing negative thoughts, and give them a sense of purpose and hope. They gave evidence of the positive influence of Yoga in reduction of depression and anxiety scores and improvement in self-esteem scores in elderly women attributed to changes in central neurotransmitters such as gamma-aminobutyric-acid coupled with increased parasympathetic tone and decreased sympatho-adrenal activity.

Yogic techniques aim at maintaining and improving the various motor skills and preserve physical, mental and social well-being in the seniors. The effort in trying to achieve the pose helps them gain the benefit which is of primary importance. Yoga is beneficial in prevention and control of common health and emotional problems that are linked with old age creating a positive approach in life.

A group session of Yoga is a big motivation that helps one to enhance their skills and overcome individual limitations. When they interact with people of their own age and calibre their problems and pain seems infinitesimal in comparison to that of the others around. Group session is a therapy on its own as it enhances the meaning and purpose of their lives. ‘Silver Yoga Hour’ enlivens and cheers up their spirits, gives them something to ‘look-forward-to’, something to get dressed up for and many things to share amongst their new-found “Yoga-friends”.

Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj states, “Yoga is the science and art of right-use-ness of body, emotions and mind”. Growing old no longer has to mean steadily declining health. The miracles of modern medicine, improved diets, better living conditions and awareness help people maintain their physical health, fitness and promote vitality in their sunset years. Old age can be made not only bearable but also pleasurable. After all, old age is not a matter of years but a condition of mind and yoga brings a healthy state of mind. Yoga has proven to be immensely therapeutic in preventing deterioration through ageing. Promoting healthy lifestyle in the elderly is vital in helping them maintain good health and lead happy and independent lives. Yoga has been proven to help alleviate or reduce many of these health challenges, making it an increasingly popular choice in the adult population. The simple yet immensely beneficial effect of yoga slows down and reverses the ageing process. Yoga may not only add a few years to life but also may add life to the years. Hence practice of yoga should become an integral part of old age.

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