Chair yoga helpful for elderly persons, reveals study

News Bharati English    24-Jan-2017

Florida, Jan 24: Back pain, Osteoarthritis and joints pain are common ailments of the old age that disturb the elderly persons and their family members too. Now the latest study conducted in Florida revealed that chair yoga exercises are helpful in reducing this pain and giving relief to the elderly people.

The findings of this 8-week chair yoga program were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Sixty-six community-dwelling elders with lower extremity Osteoarthritis were assigned to this controlled trial for eight weeks and observed by Dr. Juyoung Park of Florida Atlantic University and others from Florida Atlantic University and Atlanta’s Mercer University, to study “Effects of Chair Yoga on Pain and Physical Function Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults With Lower Extremity Osteoarthritis”, who could not participate in standing exercise.

Chair yoga should be further explored, study authors wrote in the conclusion.

Rajan Zed welcomed the study conducted by the Florida Atlantic University and Atlanta’s Mercer University researchers and said that this was a step in the positive direction. He urged all the major global universities to explore various benefits of yoga for the elderly persons.

Yoga, referred as “a living fossil”, was a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit from, whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilisation, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted.

He further said that yoga, although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilised by all. According to Patanjali, who codified it in the Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.

According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress.

According to a “2016 Yoga in America Study”, about 37 million Americans (which included many celebrities) now practice yoga; and yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self-image. Yoga was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche, Zed added.