Nowadays, osteopaths, orthopedic specialists, internal medicine doctors and other healthcare providers recommend Yoga to seniors more often. This is due to a growing body of research into the benefits of Yoga. Consequently, doctors are more confident to suggest Yoga as a complement to standard medical treatment. They are also more eager to advocate Yoga as a means of preventative health. This is great news for our Yoga Vista community of people ages 50 and up, because they tend to see their doctor(s) somewhat frequently.
Our Students follow their Doctor’s advice
Oftentimes, after an annual exam, bloodwork, or other doctor’s visit, my students let me know that their doctor recommended a daily dose of Yoga! “It’s in the doctor’s notes,” they’ll say. Undeniably, they know it makes me smile to hear that! Those who follow their doctor’s advice are living examples of how integrating traditional medicine and a holistic practice like Yoga enhances our overall health.
For seniors, the case for practicing Yoga is especially strong, as evidenced in a study about the effects of yoga in older adults. According to YogaTherapy.Health, the study “provides robust evidence for promoting Yoga in physical activity guidelines for older adults as a multimodal activity that improves aspects of fitness like strength, balance and flexibility, as well as mental well-being.”
Our New doctor recommended Yoga to me and my husband!
During a recent physical, my new doctor suggested I do Yoga and eat fresh fruits and veggies. Admittedly, she didn’t know she was preaching to the choir! Then, when she advised my non-Yoga-loving husband to do the same, she became #1 in my book!
These statements from a doctor’s notes summarize it quite well: “Keep your back flexible with stretching. The key to Yoga is to start slowly and gradually increase the stretching. There is no need to go fast.” In conclusion, as more doctors recommend Yoga to seniors, the more likelihood that people will seek it and begin their journey towards aging well.