Reset your mind and body with these gentle exercises to fight aging.
We feel the effects of aging on both the outside and the insides of our bodies. Physically, we begin to see fine lines, gray hairs, and feel the effects of lower bone density and poor circulation. We may start to feel fatigued easier, or the effects of stress hit harder and faster. Luckily, when you incorporate a regular yoga routine into your life, you can bring the body and mind back into balance, slowing the effects of aging.
Yoga also provides an opportunity to slow down. This helps to lower cortisol levels, calming the inflammation that can lead to the physical effects of aging. Studies show that a consistent yoga practice can slow cellular aging, which delays our bodies’ aging process, and protect us from inflammatory diseases that often come with age. (1, 2)
On top of these amazing benefits, practicing yoga gets the body moving, keeping you strong and flexible, and promoting a positive and happy mindset. (3)
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Escape the stress of fast-paced day-to-day living and get into these easy yoga poses you can do anywhere. Practice them daily to help physically and mentally reverse the signs of aging.
3 Simple Yoga Poses to Reverse Aging
Down Dog | 8 breaths
This inversion brings fresh blood to the face, diminishing fine lines. It also improves digestion, builds muscle and bone density in the upper body and core, releases happy hormones, and improves flexibility in the legs, hips and back.
- Begin in a high plank position with your shoulders stacked over your wrists and your hips in line with your shoulders.
- Engage your abs. Exhale to lift your hips up towards the sky, coming into an upside down V-shape.
- Turn your biceps towards the front of the room and lift up through your tailbone to lengthen through the sides of your body.
- Hold for eight slow breaths.
Revolved Low Lunge | 8 breaths per side
As we age, our digestion slows down and we lose strength and mobility throughout the body. This twisting pose boosts digestion, and improves strength and mobility in the hips, spine, and shoulders.
- Begin in a low lunge with your right foot between your hands and your left knee back on the floor, toes untucked. Press your hips forward and make sure that your right knee is stacked over your ankle.
- Engage your abs and lift your torso, reaching your arms above your head. Draw your lower belly up and in.
- Inhale to lengthen your spine. Then exhale to twist to the right.
- You can stay here, or to deepen the twist, place your left palm on your outer right thigh and your right palm on the back of your left thigh.
- Hold for eight breaths, twisting a little deeper with each exhale. Then, switch sides.
Bound Bridge | 8 breaths
This gentle inversion packs a big punch. It improves circulation, decreasing fine lines, while also improving digestion. You’ll get fresh oxygenated blood to the heart and brain. Bound bridge also relieves tightness in the chest, shoulders, and hips.
- Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the floor. Lengthen your arms down alongside your body.
- Press into your palms to lift your hips up towards the sky.
- Interlace your hands underneath your lower back and shimmy your shoulder blades towards one another.
- Draw your lower belly up and engage your glutes.
- Hold for eight breaths.
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