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Is it Too Late to Start a Yoga Practice? Yoga in Your Golden Years

yoga-for-beginners-over-50Many people think that you have to start yoga early and that after you’ve reached a certain age (which is what by the way?) that you can’t do it. Well, let me tell you something:  Age is nothing but a number. And yoga is one of those things that you can do at any age because it’s just so adaptable!

And no, you don’t have to be capable of doing crazy advanced moves and look like a pretzel to reap all the benefits of yoga at your golden age.

And even if you have health problems, reduced flexibility and mobility, it’s never too late to start a yoga practice.

Here’s why:

Health Benefits of Yoga For Seniors

  • Relief from joint, and other muscle pain
  • Helps the grieving process
  • Improved sleep
  • Manage anxiety and depression
  • Stress reducer
  • Keeps the mind and body in good health
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Promotes life longevity
  • Establish a sense of community with other students and teachers
  • Increase muscle tone and balance
  • Prevents falls due to improved sense of body awareness
  • Increase lung capacity thanks to breathing exercises
  • Reverse heart disease
  • Strengthen bones, protect the joints
  • Sharpen the mind

And the list goes on…

To get the most out these benefits, it’s recommended to practice at least 2-3 times a week.

BUT

Before you start your journey, please consult your doctor beforehand!

Types of Yoga Classes for Seniors

You can only gain by practicing yoga!

What class is right for you? It all depends on your age, current level of fitness, and physical ability. If you’re in shape and have been exercising pretty much all your life then you have more options, but if have been sedentary or have some health problems just be sure to find a class that is tailored for your age group and needs so that way you don’t feel intimidated.

Here are some suggestions for you to try out and feel free to explore any of these no matter what your age!

Yoga for Beginners Over 60

Gentle Hatha Yoga or Kripalu

Hatha Yoga is the foundation of all yoga and Kripalu is an gentler version of Hatha Yoga. It has a focus on physical, personal, and spiritual transformation; students are taught to be mindful of their thoughts and to accept and love themselves as they are.

Iyengar Yoga

This is slower-paced class where teachers assist students so that they can get safely in and out of poses. Teachers also modify poses with the use of props to assist students in attaining poses. This style is therapeutic and improves balance to prevent falls in your daily life.

Yoga for Beginners Over 70

Aqua Yoga AKA Water Yoga

Yup! You heard me right — you can do yoga in the water! You see how I told you that yoga is so adaptable? Check out your local YMCA for classes.

Chair Yoga

Slow-paced yoga using chairs as props. Recommended for those who cannot stand or have limited mobility. What’s cool with chair yoga is that you can do variations of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and mild backbends.

Online Yoga Classes for Seniors

The Gentle Hatha Yoga video which you saw above was from the online platform YogaDownload.com which offers the best and vast selection of gentle classes for anyone over 50, including Chair Yoga and Iyengar Yoga, which I talked about.

New classes are added on a regular basis so for those who hate monotony and want something new and fresh on a regular basis without breaking the bank, this is something to consider.

They have a whole list of video classes for Age 50+ which you see ALL the previews here 

Today, exclusively for my readers,  50% discount on a monthly subscription.

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Yoga DVD for Seniors

One of the most popular yoga DVDs for seniors is led by the lovely and always vibrant Jane Fonda. Jane Fonda: AM/PM Yoga For Beginners has almost 500 reviews with an overall rating of 4.4 / 5 stars!

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Jane Fonda brought us fitness, now she bring us yoga! Buy it by clicking on the image

You can find a whole variety of other Yoga DVDs on Amazon.com. Browse the selection here.

Gaiam Yoga for Beginners Kit

Now that you got your online subscription or DVDs, you need your gear.

For a special price that's a steal, Gaiam offers a yoga for beginner’s kit which includes a yoga mat, block, strap and a DVD. The mat is actually an alignment yoga mat meaning that it guides you how to correctly position yourself in your home or studio practice.

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And you're all ready to go with this beginner's kit! Check it out by clicking on the image

The thickness is standard (3mm) but if you have particularly sensitive knees you might want to consider getting  a 5mm or even thicker mat (8mm). Gaiam has plenty of these and some with really nice designs which you can check out by clicking on my link here.

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This thick 5mm reversible mat is not only comfy and cushioned but has two pretty prints to suit your mood! Check it out by clicking on the image

But beware that if you use a thicker mat more than 5mm, you won’t feel grounded and you increase chances of losing your balance in poses like Tree Pose for example.

Tips

  • Keep in mind that when practicing yoga you should never feel any pain. At first sign of discomfort and pain, STOP what you’re doing!
  • If you can’t hold a pose for very long, don’t worry about it. Do everything at your own pace. That’s what yoga is about. Respects your body’s limits and it will thank you.
  • Focus and appreciate what your body CAN do and not what you can’t
  • Beware of poses that use a lot of wrist strength

So cheers to aging with grace and embracing your golden years with zen!

Will you start practicing yoga?  Which type interests you and where will you be practicing?

Leave a comment or question below.

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19 Comments

  1. Neil Neil

    Hi what a great site and great read.

    Thank you for all the great information.

    Regards

    • You’re welcome Neil. I’m glad you got something out of it.

  2. Eric Cantu Eric Cantu

    Yoga has grown in popularity so much over these last couple of years. Such a great low impact way to exercise. Everyone i know who does yoga regularly is so happy! Great article. Keep sharing!

    • Thank you Eric. People who practice yoga are happier that’s for sure. I always feel so serene after a practice. My fiance says I “glow” too. 🙂

  3. Linda Linda

    I think this is awesome. I’m not a senior (42) but I have been practicing Yoga for three years now and I do feel so good. I think its good for all ages:)

    • 3 years! Wow! That’s awesome. How often do you practice per week Linda?
      Ever since I started yoga, it really set me on a health and wellness path. I love that we can practice yoga all our lives. I didn’t even know until doing my research for this article that yoga helps prevent falls!

      • Linda Linda

        I try to do it 4-5 days a week, 45 min every time. I get up at 5 AM and begin my day with yoga:) I do believe yoga can keep us young longer:)

      • Wow, you’re so committed! Your routine gave me an idea for a future post. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Katya Colvin Katya Colvin

    I love yoga! Thank you, Vanessa, for reminding me about this great exercise and practice. I honestly did it for just work out and miss it really very much. Your post somehow reminded me to go back to it, and about benefits too! Great post, thank you!
    Katya.

    • You’re welcome. Is there a particular style of yoga that you’re particularly drawn by Katya?

  5. Mike Mike

    As my flexibility has waned over recent years, I have thought yoga might help a bit. This post is full of a lot of information that I shall now read again, digest and act upon. You have spurred me into action, though I’m not quite 60 yet.

    • That’s great to hear Mike! You will see and feel major changes in your body. 🙂 Are you planning to practice at a studio or at home?

  6. Danny Danny

    Thank you for this info’. I am increasing in age myself and a few of my friends go to yoga classes, I was intrigued and well. you have certainly filled in a few blanks for me. The information you have offered on this page is (i believe) essential if you are thinking of starting this regime as I am. Thank you

    • You’re welcome Danny! Do you know what type of yoga you will be pursuing yet?

  7. Kayla Kayla

    Wow I found this site to be extremely useful! Not only have I thought about getting into yoga lately but I think I will. I love cute work out clothes and can’t wait to receive my new products!

  8. Riaz Shah Riaz Shah

    Hey Vanessa,
    I’m not in my golden years yet, I’m 27 this year to be honest but I’m already seeing wrinkles on my face already and it’s so obvious especially when I smile, it appears near my eyes.

    It’s pretty embarrassing because my friends make fun of me but they all said it’s due to work-related stress as I often push myself into working non-stop. Is it true that yoga can make you look young though, I’ve seen pictures of seniors who do yoga look pretty youthful.

    • Vanessa Vanessa

      Hey Riaz!

      Thank you for your engaging comment. It sucks that at 27 you already see some eye wrinkles. :/

      Unfortunately stress takes a huge toll on your body and it affects how you physically look. Yoga does help reverse the effects of stress and gives you vibrancy for many reasons. Your comment actually inspired me to write a post on this subject so I will get to my research and bring my findings to you. So be on the lookout for this post. 🙂

      P.S. Do you wear sunscreen on a daily basis? Because sun exposure is one of the leading causes of aging too. I recommend using a mineral sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium oxide. Chemical sunscreens are harmful and you have to reapply every 2 hours whereas mineral sunscreen lasts all day (provided you don’t get wet).

  9. Arta Arta

    Hey

    Wow, what a long list of yoga benefits. I have been thinking about yoga for some time already but it is hard to start doing it 🙂 I usually need some kick to get the rock rolling 🙂 and I think you just gave me the kick 🙂 I knew that any physical activity is good but when it is put down in a list – it is much more forceful.
    I will have a look around your website for some more useful information on yoga – I really like the way you put everything down.

    • Vanessa Vanessa

      Thank you Arta! I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

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