Beginners Yoga For Seniors [Never Too Old]

I commenced Yoga in my mid 30’s; and now have started to get into the senior years of my life.

It can become more difficult to do Yoga as you get older.

In this blog I will introduce yoga poses suitable forthe over 50’s beginner to a yoga practice.

Benefits Of Yoga For Seniors:

The Yoga benefits for seniors may help in reducing blood pressure and heart rate.

Also, Yoga may have mental health benefits such as relieving anxiety and depression.

Different Yoga poses will assist seniors with different muscles being used; which can improve flexibility, strength, and balance which is good as many seniors have falls.

This can have long-lasting effects for seniors.

Which Yoga For Seniors Is Best?

As long as you work within your capabilities any type of yoga may be suitable.

I would suggest Iyengar Yoga to be considered as this has props at it’s core training; such as bolsters, straps and blocks which can help the new person old or young to the benefits of Yoga without overdoing it.

The aim is not to hurt yourself as this may stop you from doing Yoga in the future, and that defeats the purpose.

I would suggest doing yoga in a supervised classroom and not from an online source like YouTube for example; especially in the beginning.

When you have the experience, then you can take an online course.

Yoga and Arthritis:

I recently had a CT scan on my lower back which revealed degenerative arthritis.

I knew there was a problem for quite some time but needed to confirm it for employment reasons.

Yoga may alleviate arthritis; but be careful what poses you preform as I recently read certain poses are not conducive for arthritis, again this why I suggest you do yoga in a classroom.

Before the class begins; talk to your Yoga teacher about your issues.

Chair Yoga:Chair Yoga

is an option for seniors don’t confuse chair Yoga with the chair pose is completely different.

Chair Yoga is helpful to loosen and stretch painful muscles reduce stress and improve circulation.

The chair itself can be any chair as long as it is stable as you will use it for standing poses and not just for sitting on.

Providing you are doing some form of exercise it shouldn’t hurt to try under the supervision of a teacher. Remember to breathe through the nose.

Restorative Yoga For Seniors:

Beginning a yoga class, when you are past 50 years, can be a profound or daunting exercise, particularly if you are overweight or dealing with life-changing diseases like diabetes or cancer.

While you may not want to join a yoga class with younger people, a starting point of  gentle yoga exercises for beginners is a fantastic way of becoming active and reducing your stress levels.

By doing a constant yoga practice weekly it can assist you to let go of the stress of daily life.

Restorative Yoga will keep your mind alert and focused on day to day activities. When your body is functioning properly, you will have more energy, and this will improve your moods.

Restorative yoga includes the adjustment of your physical and mental state using easy poses or relaxation techniques over a period of time.

It also involves the use of mindfulness meditation which gives the individual the chance of be awakened to everything that happens around them.

Mindfulness not only increases the fitness levels for older people but also improves their sleeping patterns.

Restorative yoga is not a only secure form of exercises for seniors; but also asssists to keep their mind and body healthy.

If you are looking for a gentle class of yoga best to find one in your area that will suit your requirements.

Meditation For Seniors:

I can sometimes repeat myself who doesn’t.

Meditation for seniors what could be easier than sitting or lying down in a comfortable position, what could be easier you say.

In theory, it is easy but hard to master.

Even though one can battle with other thoughts racing around in your head, to just remain still for as long as possible.

Yoga Is For Everybody!

Yoga is not all about the physical practice, there is flexibility to adapt one’s practice to meet one’s needs.

This is a important part why yoga has become so well liked with seniors.

Yoga practices range from the physically challenging Power and Ashtanga yoga, to gentle Yin and chair yoga.

It also encompasses intentional breathing and meditation exercises, providing practice options appropriate for those of limited mobility.

Many Yogi / Yogin have evolved senior specific practices, and the scientific community has assisted in this regard.

Conducting studies that identify poses and skills suitable to senior’s needs and bodies.

There is a yoga class available to you, no matter your age, nor your physical restrictions.

With the benefit in senior specific classes available, there’s never been a better time for seniors to find yoga.

Final Thoughts:

Yoga is good for all ages. As long as you are doing some type of Yoga it has to be a good thing.

Depending on your health conditions i would suggest; you go to your local council and take up a class of Yoga.

I suggest that everyone does yoga no matter what stage you are in life.

Every body who does Yoga will feel the benefits when practicsing to meditate, stretch and breathe, within the body a sensation of being calm, relaxed and more in tune with yourself.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this post or this site in general.

I will answer all the comments on my website personally so drop me a line below if you have any Yoga questions or comments.

I’m happy to help any way that I can.

copywrightNamaste Shane.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietitian before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet

4 thoughts on “Beginners Yoga For Seniors [Never Too Old]”

  1. Awesome post, Shane. I have been following your posts quite a while and have also started basic yoga described in your previous posts.

    This post is very informative for everyone who practices yoga, especially senior citizens. I’m sharing this post to my parents straight away. They can surely start with a Chair Yoga pose, the simplest one.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this useful post with video illustration. Everyone who reads this will get benefited.

    Reply
    • Thanks again Akshay, appreciate you following my posts

      Happy to hear you get something out of it. 

      Hope your parents also get a sense of well being out of it. 

      Regards Shane.

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  2. Hello again, Shane and thanks for writing a post that is geared towards us “Older” folks. 

    This post clears up a few things for me and when me wife and I get back home, (tomorrow), we are going to pull out the “Yoga for Seniors” DVD’s that we have (in our cabinet for the last three years 🙁 ) and start developing some kind of routine.

    We already walk every day and eat very healthy so adding this to our routine really seems like a no-brainer.   Not only does this help with flexibility but it seems like it would be less stressful on the body if taken slowly and not overdone.

    The videos you have included seem to indicate this kind of gentleness. 

    So, yes, we are retired now and really need to keep a little more active and flexible so thanks again for thinking of us “OLD”, sorry,  “Mature” folks,

    Wayne

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    • Hello Wayne, 

      Appreciate you taking the time to read my article. 

      Yoga is for all ages. 

      We all become mature over time it sure beats the alternative. 

      Yoga and the other ways of keeping healthy will make getting more mature a little easier. 

      Kind Regards Shane.

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