International Yoga Day 21st June 2023
“Yoga is a valuable tool for people of all ages to make physical activity an integral part of life and reach the level needed to promote good health”, says WHO. On the occasion of International Yoga Day today, we see many campaigns and movements that inspire people to make yoga a way of life. People of any age group can practise it anywhere. To create awareness about its various health benefits, the United Nations took the initiative and declared 21st June as the International Yoga Day.
WHO says that children between the age of 5 and 17 should do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity activities daily whereas adults should go for at least 150 minutes of such activities weekly. Elderly people face various health problems like weak bones and have balancing issues. They are also affected by psychological problems like depression, anxiety and stress. So, it is imperative that they make yoga a way of life to deal with age-related issues and manage them. Since today is International Yoga Day, it is the perfect day to start this practise.
Yoga, a traditional healthcare practise, is good for all regardless of their age. But it is particularly beneficial for the elderly who have adverse health conditions like arthritis, lower back pain, digestion issues, migraine, sensory impairment, physical injury and cognitive problems. So, before it is too late and these problems confine you to bed, strike some of the yoga poses recommended for senior citizens on this International Yoga Day. To help you along on your journey to a better life, we tell you about these asanas and how to perform them safely.