More about yoga for retired expats in Costa Rica

In the past I have written hundreds of articles about how to stay busy and happy in Costa Rica. There are virtually hundreds of activities here from which to choose, so expat retirees have no excuse for being bored.

Recently, the United Nations declared June 21st to be International Yoga Day. In honor of this day there were many events held last week for yoga practitioners living in Costa Rica. Because of its limitless beauty Costa Rica has always been a mecca for devotees of yoga.

Yoga classes are offered in many areas of the country. Yoga retreats, like Amatierra in the mountains, attract visitors from all of the world who want to practice this art while surrounded by nature. A list of Costa Rica’s yoga retreats can be found in the publication, Yoga Journal or by doing a search on the Internet.

Yoga has become popular world wide since it can be done by people of all ages. It can even be practiced by less mobile or physically impaired people while sitting in a chair.

In fact, a large number of those who take my monthly relocation/retirement tours practice yoga.

Those who practice yoga become conscious of the connection between the body, mind and spirit by combing a series of postures and deep breathing.

Some of the benefits of practicing yoga for senior retirees are:

  • General flexibility which reduces the chance of injury.
  • Improved digestion
  • Reduction of hypertension
  • Beneficial for those with respiratory problems
  • Excellent for degenerative diseases like arthritis
  • Relief from chronic back pain in some instances
  • Improvement of muscle tone. Remember as we age we lose muscle mass, so any weight-bearing activity is beneficial.
  • Relief from tension. Yoga’s postures and breathing techniques help to rid the body of accumulated tension and stress.
  • Internal peace through meditation and breathing.
  • Improved eating habits
  • Strengthening the immune system which is important as we age
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