Relax into Yoga for Seniors
About the Book
Relax into Yoga for Seniors presents twelve principles of yoga practice for seniors, including those with limited mobility. This evidence-based workbook will guide you safely—step-by-step, and with posture illustrations—on a six-week program for improved balance, flexibility, and overall well-being.
Managing the emotional and physical challenges that come with aging can be difficult. Seniors face a number of age-related issues, such as chronic pain, hypertension, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and anxiety and depression. And while some people may consider yoga a young person’s practice, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests yoga can be beneficial for a wide variety of age-related ailments.
Relax Into Yoga for Seniors—based on the innovative Yoga for Seniors program, and including new material for fans of the Relax Into Yoga for Seniors DVD—provides a step-by-step guide that combines the best of modern, evidence-based medicine with the ancient wisdom, experience, and tradition of yogic teachings. With this book, you’ll explore what yoga is and how to do it safely, including important movement considerations like how to get up and down from the floor with care, and how to stand and sit with healthy postural alignment.
With this popular program, you’ll be able to create a safe and effective individualized practice that will address your needs, take personal limitations into consideration, and help you relieve pain, become more flexible and active, and connect more deeply with your inner experience.
Relax into Yoga for Seniors includes free downloadable guided audio practices and printable PDFs. Instructions for downloading these extra features can be found on page 229 of the book.
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—Adam Perlman, MD, executive director at Duke Integrative Medicine, and associate vice president at Duke Health and Wellness
—Kelly McGonigal, PhD, health psychologist at Stanford University, and author of Yoga for Pain Relief
—John W. Graham, PhD, senior investigator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health
—Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, CAP, associate professor of surgery (retired) at Eastern Virginia Medical School; fellow at the American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM) and American College of Surgeons (ACS); president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT); and chairman of board at Life in Yoga Institute
—Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, yoga safety expert and past president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists www.smartsafeyoga.com
—Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of Positivity and Love 2.0
—Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, professor and director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and coeditor of Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care
—Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, FACSM, chief science officer at The American Council on Exercise