Yoga is a wonderful physical and mental practice that you can begin at any age. If you’re in your 50’s or older, you may be drawn to the increased strength and mobility a regular practice has to offer; or you may be looking for the mental benefits the meditation and breath work that goes along with yoga, has to offer.
We’ve noticed that there has been an increase in new yogis taking up the practice mid-life. If you’re new to yoga and in your 50’s or higher, we’ve compiled these 6 tips to ease your way:
- Talk to your yoga instructor. She (or he) will help you to choose a class that is suitable for you. There are a variety of different types of yoga. You may want to start with one that requires less physical stamina, and work your way up.
- Consider enrolling in a private class, a beginners’ class or our popular Beginners’ Series. This approach will give you an opportunity to ask questions, fine tune your poses, and gain an overall understanding and comfort with the practice of yoga.
- Consult your doctor before starting. Yoga can be physically demanding so it’s always best to run it past your doctor.
- Invest in a good yoga mat. Your mat can make or break your practice. If it’s too slippery, you may have trouble holding some of the poses.
- Find a studio where you feel comfortable. As with anything, a yoga community has a distinctive culture. Find your people, and you’ll enjoy the benefits of a supportive and fun community.
- Don’t be afraid to tailor the practice to your own body. Your yoga instructor is simply a guide, offering suggestions. Only you know how each pose feels in your body. Feel free to modify accordingly.
- Give yourself a break—if you make it to your mat and you’re breathing, you’re already winning. Approach at your own pace. You’ll be amazed how quickly your body will adapt, and at the sense of well-being you will gain through a regular practice.