What is yoga?
Yoga is an ancient healing practice of physical and mental exercises that began in India. It uses physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation to strengthen and stretch muscles, relax and release tension, improve balance, calm your mind, and lift your spirits.
Never Too Old For Yoga
What is yoga?
If you are a beginner
You can begin yoga at any age, with any degree of flexibility, and in almost any state of health. People practice yoga well into their 90s, and older. Of course, it is always wise to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Find the right yoga instructor
Find a qualified instructor who has had experience working with older people and/or people with health issues. Senior centers and yoga studios often have classes geared to older adults. You can also visit the website of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a professional organization for yoga teachers and yoga therapists, worldwide.
Choose the kind of yoga for your level of fitness
There are many kinds of yoga — from gentle to "hot." Even if you have had years of yoga classes, it is still possible to risk injury by attending a class that is too demanding for your level of fitness. And, no matter how experienced you are, be sure to let the teacher know if you have any special health concerns, such as high blood pressure or a prosthetic heart valve.
If you have arthritis
A yoga exercise program may be the last thing on your mind when you are tired and your joints ache, but there are special yoga routines designed to help. Other arthritic sufferers have found that yoga helped ease their pain and improved their energy level. You may, too.
4 yoga benefits
• Gentle exercise without strain from high-intensity cardio or strength training.
• Increased flexibility, ensuring a good range of motion and better balance.
• Preventing or slowing bone density loss.
• Helping keep your mind sharp by relieving stress and by keeping you centered and energized.