Iyengar Yoga Keeps Elderly from Falling

Iyengar Yoga may help improve stability in aging people.
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Iyengar Yoga may help improve stability in aging people.
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The bad news: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for people aged 65 and older.

The good news: Iyengar Yoga may help improve stability and balance in women over age 65, possibly helping them to avoid falls, The Washington Post reports. "After nine weeks of participating in an Iyengar Yoga program designed for senior citizens, 24 elderly females had a faster stride, an increased flexibility in the lower extremities, an improved single-leg stance and increased confidence in walking and balance, according to the findings of researchers at Temple University's Gait Study Center." Maybe this will encourage mom and grandma to head to the yoga studio!