Yoga can be a low-impact form of exercise that has many potential benefits for seniors. When practiced regularly, yoga improves flexibility and strength, and it can help reduce the effects of stress through breathing exercises and mindful relaxation.
If you’re thinking about trying yoga for yourself, make sure you keep your safety first, as you would with any exercise. Here are a few tips:
- If you have health concerns, talk to a doctor first. You physician will be able to tell you whether yoga is safe and appropriate for you, and what specific types of exercise you may need to avoid.
- Observe a class first. Teachers will often welcome potential students to observe a class to see if it’s right for them. That way, you can be sure that the pace, poses, and instructor will be right for you.
- Find a knowledgeable teacher. While you’re observing, be sure you’re looking for an instructor who has experience (preferably with seniors) and will be able to work with you and your health needs to make sure you are safe and comfortable during your yoga sessions.
- Begin in a comfortable environment. You may want to start with a slower-paced class like Gentle Yoga, which will be easier to follow as you get to know the poses and free of any sense of competition. Some studios even offer yoga classes specifically designed for seniors. Those will guarantee you get started on the right foot when you’re deciding whether yoga is right for you.
- Master the basics first. Even if the first class seems easy, make sure you don’t progress too quickly to moves that are riskier for seniors, and may cause discomfort. Focus on getting to know the basic poses first.
Yoga is a great way to maintain a consistent exercise routine, and with the right preparation, it can also pose little risk of injury. Make sure to take it slow and do your research if you decide to try it for yourself!
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