Looking for the Fountain of Youth is a lifelong quest for many. Although some find it though cosmetic surgery, some find it through healthy eating and exercise. Some even find it through meditation and isolation. But the results of the Aging Study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience tell us otherwise. It was a bit of a surprise! Take a look at the excerpts below:
Dancing or Fitness Sport? The Effects of Two Training Programs on Hippocampal Plasticity and Balance Abilities in Healthy Seniors:
“Age-related degenerations in brain structure are associated with balance disturbances and cognitive impairment.”
“Dancing seems a promising intervention for both improving balance and brain structure in the elderly. It combines aerobic fitness, sensorimotor skills and cognitive demands while at the same time the risk of injuries is low.”
“Only the dancers achieved a significant increase in the balance composite score. Hence, dancing constitutes a promising candidate in counteracting the age-related decline in physical and mental abilities.”
Find Joy in Movement
Certainly movement and joy is the magical combination that makes it work! I see it all the time in my classes. When I first mention that we’re doing a Chair Yoga dance, I see the smiles on my students’ faces. Then, I see their enthusiasm while they’re dancing. Afterward, I see the sense of satisfaction and happiness. Indeed, it makes us all feel better!
Watch the video below to feel a little joy in your heart. In addition to the study results, it includes a Chair Yoga Dance.
Aging Study Findings – Yoga Teachers take note – with Sherry Zak Morris
The results of the Aging Study by Frontiers was a bit of a surprise. Watch the video for more information. Also do some singing and dancing along with us! It will surely put a smile on your face.
Moving and dancing to the music definitely makes our bodies more agile. Even though we don’t need specific movements, when we do, it stimulates our brain. In other words, our brain needs to remember the movements thereby improving our memory. In addition, it improves the mind-body connection.
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Online Workshop: Foundations of Yoga for Seniors and the Anatomy of Aging
The vast majority of Americans are growing into their senior and golden years. In other words, they are beginning to experience the physical effects of aging. In this Workshop, Sherry Zak Morris, C-IAYT and E-RYT, will teach you about the aging body and how Yoga can help! Furthermore, Sherry will describe the issues facing this student community. Lastly, she will give you the tools and confidence necessary to teach to this demographic.
CREDITS: Author, Sherry Zak Morris, Certified Yoga Therapist
Editor, Maria Perez, Certified Yoga & Group Fitness Instructor