Yoga for Seniors

Stretch your boundaries and improve your life by adding yoga to your regular exercise routine. With consistent practice, you’ll look and feel great and enjoy a variety of benefits.

History of Yoga

You may think of yoga as new and trendy, however, the ancient practice began in India more than 2000 years ago. While yoga has evolved over many years, the primary focus remains on mindfulness, unity, and discipline. Each precise movement of the body is designed to facilitate meditation.

Benefits for Seniors

When you picture a yoga class, you may not see seniors as the primary participants, but the low-impact exercise and benefits certainly make it an appealing practice for older adults.

  • Reduce joint swelling
  • Improve core strength and mobility
  • Build balance and help prevent falls
  • Create higher muscular endurance and stamina
  • Build greater bone density
  • Reduce stress and improve sleep

Tips for Beginners

  • Poses should never hurt. If you feel pain or discomfort, move out of the pose slowly, but immediately.
  • Focus on your breathing. Steady, deep breaths will help relax your body.
  • Be patient. Like any athletic pursuit, yoga takes time and practice to master. Remember that focusing on form will help you get the most out of your time.
  • Practice a few minutes each day. Studies suggest that just 12 minutes of yoga a day can deliver results.
  • If you are able and feeling adventurous, consider a class. Join a beginners group and receive the benefit of instruction regarding your form.

Three Short Yoga Classes to Get You Started

Release the Neck with David Procyshyn

This neck-focused yoga class is a good start for seniors looking to improve balance. Flexibility in the neck allows greater mobility which will, in turn, increase balance.

Yoga for Arthritis: The Hands and Wrists by Kim McNeil 

Focusing on the hands and fingers, this yoga class is a must-watch for anyone experiencing arthritis pain. Stretching and moving the fingers will help increase circulation and reduce inflammation.

Chair Yoga – Yoga For Seniors | Yoga With Adriene

Low impact, chair yoga is a great way to build strength while focusing on the line of the spine. This 20-minute class will walk you through each exercise and movement focusing on your whole body.