Many 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.
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
- Prevent 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.
Before you start your journey, please consult your doctor beforehand!
Types of Yoga Classes for Seniors
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.
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.
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.
Best Yoga Mat For Seniors
Whether you will be practicing at the studio or at home, you might be wondering what yoga mat will be best for you since there are so many yoga mats on the market. I recommend to go for a yoga mat that's on a thicker side to offer support and protect your joints so that you have a more comfortable experience and free from distractions.
I recommend you choose something like the Manduka PRO or the Jade Fusion Yoga Mat
- 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?
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