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Laughter Yoga For Women Over 50: Stay Young and Healthy

Laughter Yoga For Women Over 50: Stay Young and Healthy

Laughter Yoga For Women???

 

Laughter Yoga For Women. You think I’m screwin’ with you, don’t you? Because it would be disrespectful to turn the quiet, personal, respectable practice of yoga into what basically sounds like a joke, right?  Nope! No disrespect here, although that was exactly what my thoughts were the first time I heard of it. Laughter Yoga for women is not a joke. It’s a real thing, and an amazing way to keep your spirits high and your overall health in good shape!

 

So Let’s Take a Look at the Logistics Here…

 

Laughter is, without a doubt, the best medicine for the soul. It’s that magical elixir that brings an instant smile to your face and lifts your spirits, no matter what life throws your way. But to incorporate that wild abandon of pee-your-pants-laughter… with yoga?  To be honest, ‘laughter yoga’ for women sounded ridiculous to me, and until I did some research, it felt like an extremely odd and unlikely pairing.

I’ve been wrong once before (…okay maybe twice). In this case though, being wrong made me so excited to not only experience this newfound activity, but to share it with my “people”!   So, let’s jump into what I learned about “Laughter Yoga”.

What Exactly is Laughter Yoga?

 

Imagine a room full of people, all laughing their hearts out, not because of a joke or a comedy show, but simply because they want to. Laughter Yoga is a unique concept that combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing techniques. Created by Dr. Madan Kataria in the 1990’s, this practice has now become a global sensation, bringing joy and health benefits to countless people worldwide.

 

What Happens in a “Laughter Yoga” Class?

 

In a Laughter Yoga class, the primary goal is to induce laughter through a series of intentional exercises and activities. Participants engage in a combination of playful laughter exercises, deep breathing techniques, and physical movements, all facillitated by a Laughter Yoga instructor. The key technique used to initiate laughter is called “forced laughter”.

During the session, participants are encouraged to practice various simulated laughter exercises, such as the “milkshake laughter”, “lion laughter”, or “silent laughter”, among others. These exercises often involve playful interactions, eye contact, and body movements that mimic the act of laughing.

Participants are encouraged to let go of inhibitions and embrace the concept of unconditional laughter, which eventually transitions into genuine and contagious laughter. Additionally, deep breathing techniques borrowed from traditional yoga practices are incorporated, promoting relaxation and enhancing the overall experience.

These controlled breathing exercises help in oxygenating the body, reducing stress, and boosting overall well-being. As the session progresses, the forced laughter often transforms into genuine, spontaneous laughter, leading to a joyful and energizing atmosphere within the class.

 

The Magic of Laughter Yoga for Women Over Fifty

 

Life after 50 can bring its own set of challenges, but it’s important to remember that age is just a number. Laughter Yoga offers an incredible array of benefits tailor-made for this golden phase of life…

      • Boosts Immunity: Laughter has been shown to enhance immune functions, helping your body combat illnesses more effectively.
      • Stress Buster:  Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body, providing a natural way to combat anxiety and stress.
      • Improves Mood: It stimulates the release of endorphins, the natural feel-good chemicals in our body, promoting an overall sense of well-being and happiness.
      • Strengthens Relationships: Laughter is infectious and creates a sense of community, fostering stronger bonds and building lasting relationships.
      • Enhances Heart Health Laughter is known to improve blood circulation and increase the efficiency of blood vessels, thus contributing to a healthier heart.

 

Join the Laughter Yoga Revolution

 

Now you might be wondering where you can find this magical laughter group? Well, it might be closer than you think. Laughter Yoga clubs and sessions are sprouting up worldwide, with many offering specialized classes for seniors.

Check your local community centers, yoga studios, or even consider starting your own laughter club with friends. Laughter is contagious, after all!

 

A Little Preparation for Your Laughter Yoga Experience …

 

Okay, I’m thinking that if I gathered up my sister, and a few of my crazy friends, this might really be fun. Remember when you laughed so hard your stomach actually hurt?

I also remember laughing so hard I was afraid I’d pee my pants, but didn’t cuz I was young. But now I’m not.  So, wait… Yikes. If I want to take a class like this and enjoy it without any distractions, there are definitely a few things I need to address.  Hang on while I do a little shopping.

Okay, I’ve shared a few products below that are on my list to get before my first class (I’ve given an explanation why for each). 

 

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Poise Incontinence Pads 

 

 

Back in the day, I would have latched on to a class like this with reckless abandon and stayed for hours laughing my ass off!

These days, though, I don’t know about you, but I’m not completely comfortable that I could laugh hard while I was exercising, and pull it off without some leakage happening.

 

Gaiam Essentials

Thick Yoga Mat

I’ve done yoga and exercise classes in the past at the gym and community centers, etc. I’m not a germaphobe or anything, but I do have to admit that I prefer sweating on and rolling around on my own yoga mat. I know the “house” mats are cleaned and disinfected, (they are, right?) but why have that thought sitting in the back of your mind when you’re straddling that sucker?

Along with the sanitation thing, I’ve got some aches and pains and I like a little cush in my mat. I loved the thickness of this one.

Laughter Yoga Paperback

This might be more of an odd “me” thing, but I’m not all that great with surprises. Here’s the deal…I’ve researched this new crazy laughter yoga class, and it sounds like a hoot, plus I definitely need to get my body moving, and who doesn’t need to laugh more? It should be a lot of fun…but what if it isn’t? I want to know more before I dip my toe in.

This book is written by the founder of Laughter Yoga, Dr. Madan Kataria. I like knowing that after reading this, I’ll be more excited than anxious going to a new class armed with a better feel for what to expect. I know, I know, “Where’s your sense of adventure, Pat?”. (I just really dislike being stuck somewhere that turned out to be not what I was expecting, ya know?) Anyone else?

Dragon Fit Yoga Pants

These yoga pants are the BEST! I have several pair of these, some full length, some capris, all patterns. They stretch and stretch and bounce right back into shape. They’re comfortable. They’re flattering.

They last forever! (I bought my first pair three years ago in 2020), wore them a lot, and I mean a LOT! They still look great, and still have that bounce-back thing going on. See recent pics below. (The inseams are only just a little bit frayed, but those thighs-o-mine did some major rubbing for a time, so I can’t fault the pants. My chubby little thighs causing constant friction were the culprits.)

This brand is my number one recommendation in yoga pants. You won’t be disappointed! I liked them so much I wrote a review on the the ones I bought in 2020 (different pattern than those shown above – same pants). You can read the review HERE.

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In Conclusion…

Laughter Yoga is not just a passing trend; it’s a new and creative way of embracing joy and well-being. So, unleash that laughter, be uninhibited, and embrace that feeling of just letting yourself be free. Laugh your way to better health and a more vibrant life. Because, as they say, laughter truly is the best medicine, and it’s never too late to start!

 

Let’s Do This!

I’m pretty pumped to get busy searching to see if there’s one of these classes in my area. I would LOVE if any of you has tried one of these Laughter Yoga classes to please comment below and  share your experience with us!

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Staying Flexible After Fifty: 10 Activities That Will Help!

Staying Flexible After Fifty: 10 Activities That Will Help!

As women age, maintaining flexibility becomes increasingly important for maintaining overall health and wellness. Flexibility refers to the ability of muscles and joints to move freely through a range of motion, and it plays a crucial role in preventing injury, maintaining good posture, and preserving mobility. In this post, we will explore the role of staying flexible afer fifty, with suggestions for some lifestyle activitie as we age.

The Role of Flexibility in Aging Women

As women age, the body naturally loses muscle mass and flexibility, which can make it more difficult to perform everyday tasks and engage in physical activity. This loss of flexibility can also contribute to a range of health problems, including back pain, arthritis, and poor posture.

Maintaining flexibility is particularly important for women, as they are more prone to osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle. In addition to increasing bone density, regular stretching can help improve balance and coordination, which can reduce the risk of falls and related injuries.

Lifestyle Activities to Stay Flexible

There are a variety of lifestyle activities that can help women stay flexible as they age. Here are some suggestions:

 

        • Yoga: Yoga is an excellent way to improve flexibility, balance, and strength. Practicing yoga regularly can help improve joint mobity and reduce pain and stiffness.
        • Walking: Walking is a low-impact exercise that can help improve flexibility and joint mobility. Aim for at least 30 miutes of brisk walking each day.
        • Swimming: Swimming is a low-impact exercise that is ideal for women who may have joint pain or limited mobiity. Swimming can help improve overall flexibility and range of motion.
        • Stretching: Incorporating regular stretching into your daily routine can help improve flexibility and range of motion. Focus on stretching major muscle groups such as the  hamstrings, hips and shoulders.
        • Dancing: Dancing is a fun and effective way to improve flexibility and joint mobility. Dancing can also help improve balance and coordination.
        • Pilates: Pilates is a low-impact exercise that focuses on improving flexibility, balance, and core strength. Pilates can be especially helpful for women who may have back pain or other joint problems.
        • Tai Chi: Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise that combines slow, flowing movements with deep breathing. Tai Chi can help improve flexibility, balance, and overall physical and mental well-being.
        • Gardening: Gardening is a great way to stay active and improve flexibility. Gardening involves a range of movements, including bending, reaching, and squatting, which can help improve joint mobility.
        • Massage: Regular massage can help improve flexibility by increasing blood flow to the muscles and reducing tension and stiffness.
        • Meditation: Meditation is a great way to reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Medication can also help improve flexibility by promoting relaxation and reducing muscle tension.

The Role of Flexibility in Aging Women

Aside from the above lifestyle activities that will help improve your flexibility, there are also some specific exercises and stretches that will help you improve and maintain your flexibility…

1. First on the list is Gentle Yoga. Yoga is a great way to improve flexibility and is a low-impact exercise that is ideal for older women.

I found an online class on YouTube that’s absolutely free! (I put a screenshot of the class below). You can click to preview it first to make sure it’s something you’d like to and are able to do, or you can get your comfy clothes on, grab a cushion or yoga mat and start right in. 

Please know that when you click the button you’ll be taken out of this blog post and into YouTube to watch the video. So I’d suggest you finish reading this post, go change into comfy clothes, and then click the button to do this 30-minute gentle yoga session.  

Flexibility Stretches

The names of each of the stretches below are linked to a visual demonstration of the stretch. Just click the Pink stretch name.

1. Cat and Cow Stretch  Instruction: Get on all fours and alternate between arching your back, and rounding it. This exercise improves spine mobility and flexibility.

2. Hamstring Stretch  Instruction:  Sit on the edge of a chair or bench with one leg extended and the other foot on the floor. Reach forward to stretch the hamstrings.

3. Quad Stretch  Instruction: Stand with one hand against a wall for balance and bend the other leg behind you, holding the ankle to stretch the quadriceps.

4. Shoulder Roll  Instruction: Stand or sit and roll the shoulders forward, backward and up and down. This exercise improves shoulder flexibility.

5. Calf Stretch  Instruction: Stand facing a wall and place one foot forward, keeping the heel on the ground and the other foot back, holding the ankle for a calf stretch.

6. Butterfly Stretch  Instruction: Sit with the soles of the feet together and use your elbows to gently press down on your knees, stretching the inner thighs.

7. Seated Spinal Twist Instruction: Sit on a chair and twist the torso to one side, then the other. This exercise improves spinal mobility and flexibility.

8. Side Bend  Instruction: Stand with feet hip-width apart and gently bend to one side and then the other, reaching towards the toes. This exercise improves flexibility on the sides of the torso.

9. Hip Flexor Stretch: Instruction: Kneel on one knee with the other foot in front of you, and gradually lean forward, keeping the back straight. This exercise improves hip flexibility.

In Conclusion…

Maintaining flexibility is essential for women as we age. Incorporating regular exercise, stretching, and other lifestyle activities into our daily routine can help improve flexibility, reduce the risk of injury, and promote overall health and wellness. By taking care of our bodies and minds, we can stay active and vibrant as we age.

 

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Just a Note…

I love stretching and I love walking. I challenged myself last year to walk, outside, every day for a year. After the first attempt was cut short by a broken ankle, I restarted after it healed, and I did it!  I felt amazing.

There were two things I wore that I absolutely loved and am still wearing when I walk. So I wanted to recommend them to you. I live in Washington state, so I walked in heat and cold, rain, snow and ice,, and they carried me through it all and are holding up beautifully…STILL!.

I just published a product recommendation on my favorite yoga pants (just click image to read), and those HOKA shoes? Bullet-proof. They’re amazing! These are my two favorite ‘fitness’ items  ⇒⇒⇒

Best Shoes I’ve Owned!

Hands Down!

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BEST Yoga Pants with Phone Pockets for Women Over Fifty

BEST Yoga Pants with Phone Pockets for Women Over Fifty

BEST Yoga Pants with Phone Pockets for Women Over Fifty

Hey you amazing, strong women!

I’m so excited to share these yoga pants with phone pockets with you as my very first product recommendation. I. Love. These. Pants!

So why, out of the blue, am I suddenly sounding like a product rep for yoga pants? Well, I have recently decided to start writing Amazon product recommendations for products that I’ve purchased and love. I buy a lot of products, and because I do, I’ve discovered a lot of products I absolutely love. I don’t want to be pushy, but I really feel like other women my age might really love them too.

So I decided to start sharing them with you by writing product recommendations for some of my favorites, and this one is my first.

I know you all are probably just as busy as I am, so I opted out of writing the traditional ‘product review’ (rating the product by pointing out good and bad) to keep from wasting your time, and will be going straight to the “oh my god this is the coolest thing EVER!” ‘recommendation’ post. I’ll still continue writing regular blog posts, and have a backlog of them to post. I don’t want you to think that my ADD has kicked in and I’m jumping ship here.

Short and Sweet

If you know me, even barely know me, you know that on rare occasions I may have a tendency to get just a little bit wordy. So when I do my recommendations, I’m going to try to keep things short and sweet. K?

Also, although it’s posted several places on my site, I just want to make sure you’re aware that I’m an Amazon Associate, so if you should purchase any product I recommend through a link to Amazon, I will make a small commission. And to be clear, my commission doesn’t raise your purchase cost of the product.

Okay. Let’s Get Started!

Like I said above, I’m going to try to edit myself and keep things short and sweet, which means I need to cut down on my narratives.

I’ve added notes with the images. The images will give you a good idea of what these look like in real life, and be sure to watch the video at the end that will give you a good idea of  the stretch and closer look of the fabric.

Wide Waistband.

No Rolling!

The wide waistband keeps it from rolling when you bend over (I hate that!), and it’s just snug enough to help keep your tummy flattened out.

Flattering Fit.

They're Very Forgiving.

I’ve had these pants for about two years. I wear them a LOT. I’ve gained and lost weight, as most of us do, and they still have the same hold & stretch as when I got them.

Comfortable.

Not Just For Exercise.

I’m not kidding when I say these are comfy. I put a cute top and some flip flops with these and wear them for everyday use.

Well Made.

Durable Construction

I love the stitching pattern on these. The stitching has not frayed in the least…anywhere! There is no thinning in the fabric, no tears, and no snags.

Hold Their Shape

Stretchy, but Don't Get Baggy.

These pants s-t-r-e-t-c-h like crazy, but they go right back to their shape. Washing, drying, me growing, then shrinking, and still they maintain their shape.

Phone Pockets

Deep, Secure Pockets

The large pockets will accommodate all size phones. They stretch to allow your whole hand to get your phone in and out, and deep enough that your phone is secure.

So in summary, in case I wasn’t clear, I highly recommend these. They’re one of my very favorite purchases. I also have the same ones, same pattern, in the capris.

You should get some! We’d be twins.

Send pictures and I’ll add them to this post! (I’m totally serious).

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 Quick Note…

I just pulled up my past orders on Amazon, and these are the exact pants I bought. I bought them on June 8, 2020.

I’ve worn them for four years, not two as I had said above. All of the pictures for this blog post are current…taken about two months ago.

It’s pretty amazing if you look at the pictures of my 4-yr-old pants, and then click the green button to see the brand new ones on Amazon. When you compare them, I’d say these babies have held up pretty darn well!

Thank you for reading my product recommendation. Watch for new blog posts that I’ll be posting soon, as well as new recommendations of my latest purchases. Oh, and did I mention I love gadgets? Prepare yourself. My hubby calls me the ‘gadget queen’.

To see a few of the products I’ve used that I’ve deemed sharable, take a little look-see through my store. I add to it frequently!

 

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