Envisioning Yoga Therapy as A Stride towards Successful Ageing


  • K K Boban Pondicherry University, India.
  • A Shahin Sultana Pondicherry University, India.
  • Susheela Gopinath Ashtanga Yoga Centre, Kochi, India.




Successful Ageing, Yoga Therapy, Patanjaly Yoga Sutra, Quality of Life


Geriatric Social Work is becoming ostensibly crucial in contemporary times. The modes and modalities being discussed in strengthening geriatric well-being deserve mammoth attention. In this context, Yoga Therapy is being envisioned as one among the strides towards Successful Ageing. The practice of Yoga in India can be traced to thousands of years back and has rolled down to generations through innumerable strategies. Yoga is considered as a practical philosophy that facilitates people to improve their Quality of Life. It is a discipline that has evolved in response to the problems in contemporary society without losing its true essence. Research in the field of Yoga Therapy advocates it to be the best means to ensure the quality living, especially in old age. Yoga helps to mitigate, alleviate, and reverse many of the geriatric problems, both physical and mental. The proposed paper is based on an experimental study conducted among elderly people in Kerala. The paper describes Yoga in its essence based on Patanjaly Yoga Sutra thereby scientifically analyzing its effect on our body. It emphasizes the practicality for quality living in old age and provides suggestions for successful ageing.


Author Biographies

K K Boban, Pondicherry University, India.

PhD Scholar, Department of Social Work, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India.

A Shahin Sultana, Pondicherry University, India.

Reader, Department of Social Work, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India.

Susheela Gopinath, Ashtanga Yoga Centre, Kochi, India.

Yoga Acharya, Ashtanga Yoga Centre, Kochi, Kerala, India.


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