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MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN SILVER CITIZENS THROUGH YOGA

Meena Ramanathan and Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani*

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Introduction: Yoga is an applied science that re-establishes the lost balance by enriching our mind. It is a classical Indian form that creates a dynamic connectivity between body, mind and soul. Yoga helps one age better and improves flexibility and strength of the body through simple practices. Mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. Research Findings: Yoga practice increases hippocampus gray matter volume in non-demented elderly. Comprehensive lifestyle intervention was associated with significant increase in telomere length and improved telomerase activity. A review included all studies of Yoga with older adults and concluded that there were trends toward improvement in strength, balance, gait and flexibility in older adults participating in Yoga. Interventions that are more holistic and comprehensive can address multiple aspects of health in well-being at the same time. Contribution of Yogic Practices in Old Age: Yogic practices aim at maintaining and improving the various motor skills and preserve physical, mental and social well-being in the seniors. The effort in trying to achieve the pose helps them gain the benefit which is of primary importance. Yoga is beneficial in prevention and control of common health and emotional problems that are linked with old age creating a positive approach in life. Conclusion: Old age can be made not only bearable but also pleasurable as it is not a matter of years but a condition of mind and Yoga brings a healthy state of mind. The simple yet immensely beneficial effects of Yoga slow down or even reverse the ageing process. Yoga may not only add a few years to life but also may add life to the years.

Keywords: seniors, ageing, resilience, wellbeing.


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