While there is a significant difference between being curvy and being obese, even a couple of extra curves can add some strain to our bones and joints, especially as we age. While following a healthy diet is vital for overall well-being, so too is exercise – with yoga being one of the best. Yoga, unlike some other forms of exercise, benefits bones and joints greatly by creating tension on the bone without damaging the cartilage or stressing joints.
When people think about yoga they are more than likely picturing young, slender women in exquisite yoga outfits twisting themselves into unimaginable positions while maintaining a serene look on their faces. While there is, essentially, nothing wrong with this mental image, it is not an entirely realistic one. Yoga is not just for skinny people nor is it only for individuals in their 20’s and 30’s. It is, in fact, older, gracefully curvaceous women who tend to benefit the most from yoga.
Reasons to take up yoga
As we grow older, and especially if we are carrying a bit of extra weight, our bones and joints start to feel the pressure. To ensure optimal mobility and comfort well into our senior years we need to take care of your joints, bones and muscles by following a healthy and balanced lifestyle of which yoga can form a pivotal part.
It is good for you
There are countless benefits to yoga with the most obvious being its ability to energize and strengthen your core body. As we grow older it becomes increasingly important to take care of our bones, joints and muscles. Yoga is the perfect way to initiate a healthy lifestyle and is a superb counter-balance to an otherwise-sedentary lifestyle.
It may also prove to be the ideal way for a curvy lady to ease her way back into an active lifestyle. Yoga improves breathing and increases body awareness, getting you in touch with your breathing, body and heartbeat. On a more practical level it may lower your heart rate and blood pressure while easing the aches and pains generally associated with the normal aging process.
Yoga can be done just about anywhere
While many yoga studios have started offering classes especially for curvy women, you are not in any way forced to join a class as yoga can be practised in the comfort of your own home. There are many online videos, DVDs and literature available that will help you get the hang of it. Once you are more confident in your abilities you might reconsider joining a group class as the social rewards are often as rewarding as the physical and spiritual ones.
It can help you grow to love your body
If you don’t already lovely your beautiful curves, yoga can help you do so. Yoga is fundamentally about reconnecting with yourself and offers an exhilarating journey into our minds and bodies. If you are curvy your body image may prove to be the biggest obstacle standing between you and your destiny. When you are embarrassed of how you look you are less likely to take the steps needed to live a healthy life. As your bones and muscles get stronger so too will your self-image. It is important to remember that having curves does not mean you are unhealthy and yoga will help you attain a new appreciation for whom and what you are.
If you can’t find a yoga class for curvy women and don’t want to exercise by yourself you can always consider starting your own group for like-minded women in your area. Don’t allow your perception of ‘normal’ yoga keep you from engaging in an activity that is both exhilarating and of great benefit to your health. Your age and curves are an essential part of who you are: embrace them both.