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Secure Horizons: Yoga Therapy Covered by Health Insurance

Posted Apr 21 2010 6:28pm

According to the article “Finding My Center Through Yoga With Broadview Heights Seniors: Working It Out” by Tara Quinn on cleveland.com, many health insurance companies are covering their seniors to take Yoga classes which can improve overall health.

Some of the health insurers offering Yoga as a free benefit include Secure Horizons , Aetna, United Healthcare, Anthem, AARP and more.  Those using AARP medicare supplements may have additional similar benefits included in their plan.  These types of benefits are a new wave of health insurance companies taking in active interest in preventative care for their members.  Many health insurance policies give discounts for those who regularly visit the gym, and in some cases actually cover gym memberships or get discounted prices.

Yoga in particular is a great exercise for seniors who are trying to maintain stress levels, increase strength and flexibility as well as improve circulation.  Modified Yoga for senior citizens is a unique way to keep exercises simple and safe.  Exercises are often completed in a seated position, and are done very slowly and deliberately.  Yoga strives to improve breathing, balance, range of movement as well as flexibility.  The relaxing effect does wonders for stress levels which can contribute greatly to one’s overall health.

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