Yoga and meditation are excellent remedies for boosting physical, mental and emotional health naturally. Yoga and meditation have been practiced for centuries to improve relaxation and boost creativity while also reducing body aches and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Additionally, yoga and meditation can help patients to feel happier, calmer and healthier overall. Yoga may even help to improve quality of sleep. But best of all, yoga helps to keep patients physically fit.

To learn more about how yoga and meditation help to keep Medicare members healthy, review the sections below:

  • What is yoga and meditation?
  • How yoga assists patients with weight loss goals
  • The physical benefits of practicing yoga
  • The cardiovascular benefits of yoga and meditation

What is Yoga and Meditation?

Yoga and meditation have both been around for more than 5,000 years to help improve physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Yoga helps to make patients feel stronger and more flexible, but it also helps to boost emotional stability as well. Meditation reduces feelings of stress, anxiety and worry, helping to put patients in the present moment.

Patients know how important exercise is in maintaining optimal physical, mental and emotional health, but certain exercise regimes may be too strenuous for many individuals over 65 years of age. However, inactivity may lead to sore muscles, weakness and pain, so it is important to stay as active as possible.

This is where yoga comes in. Yoga is a light form of exercise that can range from gentle to challenging, depending on the patient’s personal preferences. Plus, many yoga classes are available for seniors at local hospitals, community centers or fitness clubs. Free online classes are also available.

How Yoga Assists Patients with Weight Loss Goals

Patients who regularly practice yoga and meditation tend to be more mindful of their eating habits. Since meditation and yoga help patients to become present in the current moment, patients begin focusing more on the types of food they eat and the amount of food they are consuming.

Patients who practice yoga and meditation become more in tune with their bodies. Because of this, they may be quicker to detect when they are hungry and when they are full. Studies show that patients who practice yoga for at least 30 minutes once per week gain less weight and maintain a healthier body mass index than patients who do not practice yoga.

The Physical Benefits of Practicing Yoga

In addition to weight loss benefits, yoga also helps to improve muscle strength, endurance and flexibility. Researchers have found that patients who practice yoga at least twice per week for a total of 180 minutes have greater muscle strength and flexibility than patients who do not practice yoga. Yoga can also help to improve a patient’s body image and self-esteem.

The Cardiovascular Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and meditation also provide cardiovascular benefits. Studies show that yoga helps to lower blood pressure, blood sugar levels and improve lipid profiles in healthy patients and in patients with hypertension, coronary artery disease and non-insulin dependent diabetes.

Yoga can also help to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and tension. Additionally, the healing benefits of yoga in cancer patients is also being studied further.