National Geographic Kids recently released a book entitled, 100 Things to Do Before You Grow Up . . . and the list is pretty interesting and, perhaps, should be required reading for adults as well. It includes things like catching a fish, learning to scramble an egg, playing in the mud and . . . YOGA!
Now, many of us advocate for the Peter Pan Syndrome . . . I won’t grow up! . . . and practicing yoga may not necessarily help you to become a “grown up”. Yoga, however, does have anti-aging benefits and, when practiced regularly, can provide both improved physical and mental health.
In a recent article in Self magazine, Larry Payne, PhD, a yoga director at Loyola Marymount University and co-author of Yoga Rx, is quoted as saying, “Unlike traditional exercise, yoga blends moves that improve circulation, balance, flexibility, and strength with meditative techniques such as deep breathing. My students call yoga a natural face-lift. It cleanses, relaxes, and restores.” Additionally, according to Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, professor of medicine and psychiatry at Duke University, as noted in YogaUOnline, “the relaxing effects of deep breathing and meditation in yoga have more than 200 beneficial effects for the brain and nervous system, including the lowering of stress hormone production, the slowing of the aging process in our cells, and more.”
What yoga anti-aging prescription should you follow? At Sunrise Yoga Studio, we can show you numerous yoga poses as well as assist you with meditation, but here are six anti-aging poses recommended by Best Health:
- Equal Standing
- Tree Pose
- Downward Dog
- Seated Twist
Let us help you find the best yoga routine for you! And, share your “100 Things to Do” list with us, too!