The health benefits of yoga for seniors

One form of exercise that is becoming popular amongst older people is yoga.

This ancient practice combines different postures, breathing techniques and meditation. It is low impact, which makes it a perfect option for anyone looking for a gentle form of exercise. The benefits include:

Greater flexibility

Feeling stiff throughout joints, ligaments and muscles can lead to pain, injuries and issues over time. Yoga on a regular basis can improve your range of motion.

Reduced joint pain

People as they age may experience pain in their knees, hips and back. Yoga strengthens the muscles throughout the body, which support the joints and in turn reduces discomfort.

Improve balance

Yoga helps to maintain good balance, which is vitally important as people age and the risk of falls increases. Yoga is beneficial as many of the poses challenge stability.

Lower blood pressure

High blood pressure is a common health issue in seniors. Practising yoga is effective in reducing blood pressure and improving overall cardiovascular health.

Improved immunity

The body’s immune system weakens as people age which can make us more prone to infections and illnesses. Seniors regularly practise yoga to help boost their immunity and keep infections at bay.

Alleviating stress

For seniors, stress often manifests itself in more physical ways, including health problems. Warning signs of stress may include frequent headaches, sleep problems, insomnia, fatigue (physical and mental), difficulty concentrating, change in appetite, muscle tension, pain, chest pain, stomach upset and more. Yoga is particularly effective at reducing stress, anxiety and depression, leading to better mental health and overall wellbeing.

Improving sleep

Sleep disorders also become more prevalent as people age. Yoga promotes relaxation and can help boost quality sleep.

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A special thanks to our contributors

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.