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Aerial Yoga For Over 60’s

Aerial Yoga For Over 60's

It has been long proven that exercising helps our body develop and strengthen as we grow. May it be for kids, teens, or adults, there is definitely an exercise that will suit and benefit you.

It is not new to see our elderly still “smashing” it despite their old age, but it is definitely a sight to witness!

And with that, one of the sports or exercises that you should consider is Aerial Yoga. But wait, isn’t aerial yoga the one where you are suspended in the air? Isn’t that too dangerous considering their age?

Yes! It is Aerial Yoga. But similar to other sports out there, of course, it has its hazards and precautions to weigh up, which is why there are professional yogis out there who are more than willing to help.

 

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Believe it or not, Aerial Yoga is an inclusive activity. It caters to all ages, shapes, and sizes, so if your doctor has recommended for you to do little exercise or has given you the go-signal to start getting fit again, then read on to know more about aerial yoga for over 60’s.

 

Where Can Aerial Yoga Help?

aerial yoga for over 60's exerciseAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, “As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent or delay many of the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.”

Generally, Aerial Yoga has a lot of benefits for the elderly just like its root practice, traditional mat based Floor Yoga. But to be specific, here are some benefits of Aerial Yoga for Over 60’s:

 

Helps relieve joint pain

It is very common in adults to experience joint pains especially since they tend to move less and less over time. It may also be caused by health conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis.

Aerial yoga for over 60’s may not answer it all, but it sure can ease the pain since the sling plus the suspension provides support and a gentle stretch to the joints. It will be like massaging your body with your own weight and suspended poses also help relieve the pressure in the joints.

Helps with muscle aches

Similar to our last factor, our muscles also tend to degrade over time and it is also observed in older adults. The muscles lose their mass making it more difficult for them to support you as you move around.

By doing aerial yoga for over 60’s, your muscles are given much-needed exercising and stretching. Practicing it a few times a week along with a healthy diet will surely help you regain the joyfulness your body once had. Stretch that annoying back pain away with aerial yoga swings!

Exercising helps the body produce endorphins

Our Grandmas and Grandpas also need to release endorphins! Getting some happy hormones aren’t limited to the youngins. Since a lot of them like to be alone, especially in silence or while their favorite music is playing on the radio, we must also see to it that they aren’t left alone too much!

A gentle exercise, even a creative one like aerial yoga, might suit them and may give them new ways to meditate or even entertainment and something to look forward to.

Helps improve sleep

Despite the old age, it has never been more vital to keep ourselves from being too stagnant and to keep moving as much as possible. Stretching your body for a few reps everyday will help you avoid aches and pains at the end of the day.

Having a well-mobilized body does not only help loosen up the muscles but also equates to better sleeping practices. Aerial yoga for over 60’s provides gentle stretching to help the body recover after each day.

According to HSS or the Hospital for Special Surgery, “Stretching is a way to relax; improve blood flow and decrease muscle tension — both of which aid in muscle recovery and sleep quality.”

This then creates a positive feedback loop, from improved sleep comes a more refreshed and energized day to day life, which fuels your enthusiasm for exercise even further.

Increased balance and mobility

When your knees start to shake and your arms are not strong enough for support most of the time, then maybe you would want to look into training them again to help regain even a little strength for your body.

Albeit natural for aging adults to lose their strength, there are certainly measures that we can do in order to slow it down and keep ourselves strong as much and as long as we can.

Aerial yoga practices grasping and holding the body up for a few seconds to improve core and arm muscle strength. For seniors, standing poses and sitting poses would be good for the stretch that they need and a little strength-training for their limbs.

Helps for a more focused mind

Well, we cannot also deny that along with our body, our minds slowly fades as well. But with the help of exercising, similar to its effects to the younger ones, it can also help harness our focus and memory back where it should be.

Putting yourself into work, into the mindset of bettering your well-being, is what results to a more focused mind. Doing so reminds our body of our priorities and why we are doing it or why we are aiming for a goal and what is that goal.

 

Factors to Consider Before Trying Aerial Yoga

Of course, like any other recreational activity, aerial yoga has its own precautions and factors that you should consider before trying it out. Putting your age as an constant in the equation, here are other things that you should keep in mind:

 

Your health or doctor’s order

Sadly, even though aerial yoga caters to the wide variety, not all of us are allowed to practice it. Aerial Yoga could be challenging especially for beginners and those who have mobility problems.

If you have an existing condition that you feel might be triggered by the practice, you should consult with your physician first and ask for a go signal. If you are already doing the practice and you feel like there is something wrong, then pause it for a while and again, consult with your physician.

This practice promotes freedom and it is extended to you too, and as much as we would love to have you in the Aerial Yoga community, you may be better off doing another activity that suits you more.

Your space

Aerial Yoga is a practice that is best done in a wide and clear area as much as possible. This allows you to move freely with your yoga swing without restrictions and minding the people around you.

Having a big space plays a vital role in the effectiveness of the practice. A place where you can breathe and move clearly elevates the session and makes you more self-aware and invested in the workout. You will also find peace easier in moving effortlessly.

Your time

Aerial Yoga is not a restricting practice, but it is still better to master discipline in continuously doing it as scheduled as much as possible. Yet, if your body doesn’t really allow it for the day (because let’s be honest, our bodies have days when it doesn’t want to do anything especially in older adults) then it is more than fine!

Doing your aerial yoga sessions doesn’t have to be a responsibility that is why finding the right level of difficulty and keeping in sync with your instructor is important which lead us to…

The right instructor and difficulty

aerial yoga for over 60's instructorFinding yourself the right instructor and determining the appropriate level of difficulty is just as important as picking the right aerial hammocks or yoga swing to invest in or use!

Aerial Yoga can be quite hard to started with and picking an instructor or classes that you jive with is important. So, before getting one, you can ask for referrals from trusted friends and yogis around town that you can communicate with.

Take note that you are practicing seniors aerial yoga to have fun and ease your woes away, not add more stress.

Along with finding a good instructor, it is also vital that you choose the right difficulty your body can handle. This is of course in consideration still of our first factor, your health or doctor’s order.

There is no good in doing inversions and asanas that strain your body too much, it is nowhere near relaxing anymore. If all you can do are simple ones, then that is good enough. As long as you keep your body moving and breathing, you are fine.

It is okay if you aren’t able to do the complex poses because you’ll never know, you might be able to do it in future with consistent practice. But if not, then just keep in mind that you are still having the time of your life.

Doing aerial yoga at your late years? You have got to be kidding me, Superhero!

 

Do you know someone who might want to try Aerial Yoga?

You might be reading this as a daughter, son, grandchild, or a caregiver who are seeking possible amusement for their loved ones and clients — you are at the right place!

If you think that they are viable and is fit for Aerial Yoga, then do not hesitate to introduce it to them and we will be happy to support. Not just them, you can also try it out! Aerial Yoga can be a fun bonding activity for you and your elderly friends and family.

This will also promote and motivate you to start your own fitness journey. You never know, you might have the potential to raise an advocacy for older adults to venture into aerial yoga!

If you want to learn more about the benefits and what aerial yoga for over 60’s can do for YOU, then head over to some of our other blog posts an read on! We are sure that you will find what you are looking for.

 

The Gravotonics pledge

aerial yoga for over 60's equipmentBut wait! We most certainly DO NOT recommended embarking into aerial yoga for over 60’s on your own!

Your safety is our number one priority that is why we provide you with products that passed through multiple steps of quality control. But at the end of the day, we are only here to guide you but the decisions regarding the practice are still made by you.

We at Gravotonics pledge for your safety, and you should also pledge safety for yourself, especially considering your age. If you feel like you cannot do the practice alone, then it is best for you to visit an aerial yoga studio near you, or hire a trusted and professional yogi to help you get into the practice.

Of course, even though we are promoting Aerial Yoga here, your overall well-being’s improvement is still what matters most. If you feel like this practice is too challenging for you, then it is fine to save it for next time. We will still be here definitely once you have decided to try it out!

Remember, there is nothing more important than keeping yourself intact and unscathed while having fun and keeping healthy. Doing Aerial Yoga can be a time of your life, so better do it safely and as tranquil as possible.

 

Where can I get the equipment?

The Gravotonics Bali Yoga Swings are made authentically by expert artisans so you are more than sure that it is high quality and the best that you can get in the market.

Trust us when we say that Aerial Yoga for over 60’s will make you feel like you are in your 20’s again as if just flying your way back through to the prime of your life again, and not only that, but along with it comes the promise that with us, exercising has never been this fun, even when you are in your sixties!

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Aerial Yoga For Over 60’s

  1. Marie Graham says:

    Is this a place to go practice Aerial Yoga or it’s only a store to buy equipment? I am very interested in joining a practice of it I am over 60

    • Gravotonics says:

      Hi there Marie! So happy to hear you are interested in practicing aerial yoga! However we are equipment only, so you’ll need to find somewhere close to you to join in.. We may have some suggestions depending on your city.. We do run retreats from time to time, so if that sounds fun, check our retreats page for upcoming events. Good luck and keep in touch!

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