These 10 "simple" poses and practices might just be the best tools yoga has to offer, with huge benefits for your body and mind at any age or stage of life.
Even though I've been practicing yoga for almost three decades, I still find myself drawn back again and again to the "simple" poses. I‘ve played with more advanced postures, but beginner-friendly, foundational postures and practices seem to offer the greatest long-term benefits with the lowest risk. Without supernatural strength or flexibility, we can mobilize and lubricate our joints, improve our posture and balance, stimulate digestion, boost energy, soothe the nervous system, and create mental focus and clarity, at any age or stage of life.
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In my opinion, these 10 poses and practices might just be the best tools yoga has to offer for a healthy and vibrant life, with huge benefits for body and mind.
10 'Simple' Yoga Poses That Help Everyone at Any Age
1. Mindful breath
There is a Sanskrit proverb: "For breath is life; if you breathe well, you will live long on earth." Western wisdom agrees. It doesn’t seem to matter whether we use diaphragmatic breathing (also called abdominal or belly breathing), deep ribcage breathing, or a specific pranayama technique—research suggests that slow, deep breathing can trigger the “relaxation response," slowing respiration and heart rate, reducing blood pressure, soothing digestion, improving energy, and reducing stress and perceived pain. Even better, this tool is available to everyone regardless of injury, age, range of motion, or physical strength.
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