- Study gives a set of yoga poses to practice to a group of elder people
- Yoga improves physical functions like walking and standing in elders
- Yoga practice found to lower the resting heartbeat rate in elders
- Participants also enjoyed the chances of social interaction during yoga session
Each passing day discovers new benefits and positive impacts of yoga in daily life. As the International Yoga Day just went by with the whole world celebrating the practice for healthy living, a new research reveals its benefits in physically inactive elders.
The research substantiates that practicing selected yoga postures daily for a stipulated time in a group enhances the capability to do physical functions like standing, walking, rising from a chair, etc.
Older age comes with different diseases in many. People may suffer from Osteoarthritis, hypertension, dementia and sensory impairment while getting older and such diseases restrict their physical activity. Difficulties like time to rise from the sitting posture, walking difficulties, and standing balance are quite common among elder people. The research tried adapting selected yoga postures into the daily life of 82 elders with physical comorbidities.
Four trained yoga teachers conducted group classes for a stipulated time for people aged between 73 to 75 years for about three months. Another group remained ‘controlled’ as a part of the study without practicing the yoga. The study found out that the time taken to walk 4 meters, difficulty in rising from a chair and standing balance were improved in the elders who practiced yoga. On the other hand, the controlled group remained the same condition or become worse within the three months. The yoga also developed a positive feeling in those who practiced.
About 72 percent of the participants who practiced yoga found to be in love with the social interaction during the group practice sessions.
Yoga Poses like Veerabhadhrasana II (Seated Warrior Pose), Pranayama, Relaxation techniques, and different stretching poses were given for practice to the elders.
The research concluded that yoga cab be used to improve physical and mental functions of elders, and especially helpful for those in the old age homes or similar care centers.
The research was published in the latest issue of BioMed Central Geriatrics Journal.