Scientific research on the aging process shows that it can slow down or accelerate, depending on the emotional and psychological reactions of the person. This directly affects the work of the endocrine system, and thus the speed of metabolism. There are many studies in the world in the field of slowing down metabolism and scientists believe that in this way the human life can be prolonged.
Metabolism is the process of creating energy in the body and it maintains life. It consists of anabolism – the creation of cells and tissue, and catabolism – the destruction of the old cells. It is believed that very fast metabolism in youth can lead to premature aging of the organism.
With meditation and practicing yoga, the metabolism can slow down. Internal organs are consumed slower; the body creates fewer toxins and holds more energy. So our body achieves the natural process of homeostasis.
Here are some of the yoga poses that have an anti-aging effect.
Anti-Aging Yoga Poses
- Camel Pose
Kneel on your knees and let your feet lay on the floor behind your back. Place your hands on your lower back and try to stretch your lower back. Lift your chest and lower your head back. Hold this position for 5 breaths then lift up.
- Cobra Pose
Lie on the floor with palms under the shoulders, forehead on the mats, with straight legs, joined feet and elbows along the body. Push the upper side of the feet, thighs, and tailbone firmly to the floor. Take a breath, and lift up the upper part of the body. But leave the tailbone and your hips on the ground. Tighten the thighs – but without the spasm. Hold the shoulders and the chest bone forward. Stretch the back side equally along the entire spine. Hold this position for a few minutes, breathing in and out.
- Bow Pose
Lie on the stomach, with your chin on the mat and the hands next to the body. Exhale and bring your knees, attracting the heels as close as possible to the saddle muscles. Then, grasp the heels with your hands (not the tip of the foot). Make sure your knees are not wider than your hips and keep them in that width while holding the position. Breathe in and forcefully pull the heels of the saddle muscles, raising the thighs at the same time. This will have the effect of lifting the upper hull and head from the floor. Keep your head straight and hold this position for a few seconds. Then, relax and repeat the pose several times.
Don’t practice this exercise if you have injuries on your lower back and neck.
The essence of Shavasana is that our body is in a neutral position. Lay down on your mat, and split your legs slightly. Put your hands on the floor, they should be equally far from the torso. Turn your palm up. Relax, close your eyes and hold this position for 2-3 minutes.
If the mat is too hard and your head hurts, you can put a pillow below your head for comfort.
- Bend Pose
And last, but not least the bending pose. Start in a standing position, keep your hands in front of you and start to bend forward. Try to touch the floor with your hands if you can. If not place your palms near your ankles and bring your head to your knees. Hold this position for 30 seconds to one minute.
Reference: Keeping top body shape with 6 anti-aging yoga poses
8 Anti-Aging Yoga Poses
Effect of Regular Yogic Training on Growth Hormone and Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate as an Endocrine Marker of Aging