Become a Yogi During Quarantine

4 Easy Ways for Seniors to Get Started

For most people, Spring 2020 has consisted of self-quarantine and staying indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As people are forced to stay inside, they are running out of things to do to keep busy and to keep their mind occupied; this is especially true for seniors. Seniors have been told to self-quarantine longer than the general public as they are more susceptible to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though these precautions are necessary, seniors are growing restless as they are forced to stay home.

If you are a senior and are looking for something new to occupy your time, as the COVID-19 pandemic is likely here to last for the next few months, it may be worth your while to take up a new hobby, perhaps yoga.

Should Seniors Do Yoga?

In addition to keeping busy as a senior during quarantine, it’s also important to stay active and keep a positive attitude; yoga can assist in both of these things. Yoga is extremely beneficial for seniors, so much so that a retirement community in PA offers weekly yoga classes for its residents.

Seniors should absolutely take up yoga, especially while in quarantine. In addition to being a fun and exciting form of entertainment, some of the major benefits that yoga will have for seniors include:

  • Preserving strength and muscle tone
  • Keeping one’s heart-healthy
  • Weight loss
  • Assistance in relaxation/stress/anxiety

If any of these things sound appealing to you, below are 4 easy steps to help you get started in your yoga journey while you’re in quarantine.

Do Your Research

Before taking up yoga while in quarantine, do your research to find out what kind of yoga you will be most interested in. There are various kinds of yoga, all with different movements and breathing techniques. Some of the most common forms of yoga are:

  • Bikram
  • Yin
  • Kundalini
  • Vinyasa
  • Hatha

All of these forms of yoga have amazing benefits that will promote anyone’s body, but especially the body of a senior. Research the various forms to decide which kind sounds the most intriguing to you. After you have selected the kind of yoga that you want to do, do your research to find online classes; some may be free and others may not be.

Once the quarantine is over, you will also have to do research to find a yoga studio in your area that has good reviews and a place that will help you grow as a yogi.

Set a Schedule

The best way to get into yoga is to have a certain time of day that you practice. Whether you practice in the morning, afternoon, or evening, try to practice at the same time every day. Not only will this give you something to look forward to, but it will also help you work your day around it so that you never miss a practice.

Most yoga classes are one hour long, however depending on if you want longer or shorter, you will be able to find other time durations online.

Dedicate a Place in Your Home as Your “Yoga Space”

Whether you live in a house, apartment, or even in an assisted living facility, it’s important that you find a space that you can dedicate as your yoga space. This place should be large enough that you can do your yoga poses without hitting or knocking anything over. A designated yoga space should also be a calming place in your home, a place that doesn’t have a lot of distractions and noise. Consider designating a part of your bedroom, basement, or extra room as your yoga space.

Know Your Limits

This is crucial for seniors. Yoga uses the entire body, and for some people, this may be challenging. Some seniors may not be able to move the way that they used to, this may be due to surgeries, illnesses, or simply because of age. No matter the case, it’s imperative that you know how much your body can handle and know when to stop.

Keep your abilities in mind as you select the kind of yoga that you want to start as well.

Become a Yogi Today

While stuck in quarantine, taking up yoga may be the right move for you. Yoga will help you feel great and will improve not only your body, but also your mind. Quarantine is the perfect time to begin your yoga practice.

Kelsey Simpson enjoys writing about things that can help others. She is a freelance writer for a retirement community in PA. She lives in South Jersey and is the proud companion to two German Shepherds and spends her free time volunteering in dog shelters.

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