1. Yoga Exercises Your Brain
As we age, our mental acuity naturally fades. That’s why many physicians recommend that older adults do board games, puzzles, and word games to keep their minds sharp. However, many studies have shown that doing just 30 minutes of yoga a day can also help improve your brain function.
2. It Relieves Chronic and Menopausal Pain
Every woman’s late 40s and early 50s are a period of hormonal changes, menopause, and various degrees of chronic pain. Certain yoga poses can provide immediate relief to specific areas of the body. In general, yoga poses are excellent for improving blood flow and detoxing internal organs.
3. Yoga Improves Your Balance
A big part of yoga focuses on core and balance postures that build your strength over time through a series of controlled movements. This helps to improve your balance. You will best feel that learning curve with the tree pose. Many people start small, with greater support, until they can gradually do a complete tree pose without external support, resting on one leg only.
4. It Improves Sleep
After a certain age, the buildup of daily stress, dealing with perimenopause, and other health conditions, falling asleep can be a challenging task. Through the practice of restorative yoga, you can wind down and get a good night’s sleep. Certain poses help to lower your heart rate and soothe your mind, helping you to fall asleep more easily.
5. Good for Your Blood Pressure
In yoga, pranayama is controlled and intentional breathing, which is one of the three main facets of this practice. The other two are poses and meditation. These three combined help to decrease nervous system activity, thus positively impacting blood pressure.