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If you thought Yoga was only for the young people, think again. In some Yoga classes, age 70 is average! Angela Alchesi of Toronto’s Yoga Sanctuary says, “You’re never too old to do yoga.” In fact she teaches a class in which the youngest student is 55 and the oldest is 85.”

Yoga is a popular fitness option for seniors and is becoming a standard in retirement communities across the nation! Ms. Alchesi says as we get older and grow tired of punishing workouts, pounding the treadmill and pumping iron, many older adults find yoga to be the perfect practice. As we learn Yoga poses and techniques and practice routines, our agility and strength increase. An added benefit is that Yoga focuses on learning to meditate and that helps calm the mind. You may even find that you’re falling asleep more easily and getting a better quality night’s sleep.

Old For Yoga You Are Never Too Old For Yoga

The ancient practice of Yoga is centered on three main components, exercise, breathing control and meditation. When combined, these three components lead to increased efficiency plus improved physical and emotional health – all minus the pain that can accompany a gym workout. Unlike the stress of competing against your own body, you will look forward to your daily practice of Yoga.

What to look for in a Yoga class

  • Many gyms offer Yoga classes and as you search, inquire about a class for beginners. A beginner class focuses on learning the basics.
  • Let the instructor know you’re new to Yoga. A qualified teacher will be able to suggest modified poses easier for those just starting out.
  • Co-founder of World Conscious Yoga Family, Vishvketu Panwar says it’s important to choose the right type of yoga particularly if you have health concerns. Doing the right type can help to heal certain injuries but in doing the wrong exercises you risk making it worse.
  • Let your doctor know about your interest in Yoga, he or she will advise you on understanding physical limitations you may have due to injury or illness.
  • Yoga instructor and owner of Yoga Way in Toronto, Heather Morton suggests that when you find a studio and class that works for you, stick with it and take it as far as you can. In shopping around too long you risk dabbling too much. Yoga is about making us stronger both physically and spiritually, and although there are varying paths, they all lead to the same place and yield the same results.

An overview of a few of the popular Yoga paths:

Even though there are over 100 practices, most of them draw upon basic poses and breathing techniques. The differences lie in the sequencing and the emphasis such as how long to hold a pose, how to breathe, and even the temperature of the studio.

  • Ashtanga – this is an advanced form of yoga in which breathing and movement are synchronized with one breath for one movement. It helps detoxify the organs and muscles.
  • Vinyasa – this is also known as power yoga and it combines movements and breathing to form routine. It is an easier form of Ashtanga Yoga and suitable for individuals with health concerns.
  • Iyangar – this focuses on body alignment and uses props like blocks, belts, and various assists to help those lacking in flexibility or having trouble holding poses.
  • Restorative – props are also used in this form of Yoga but are intended for cushioning and support. The focus is on relaxation and learning various resting poses.
  • Hot Yoga – this is performed in a temperature-controlled studio where heat and humidity help to warm and loosen muscles making poses easier to execute. The heat also helps the body rid itself of toxins.

With the many varying types of Yoga in practice, the most important part of your search will be finding the style that feels right and works best for you.

About Author : Alice Lucette, a blogger from Canada is a writer for SeniorsZen.com – a free resource for finding local retirement homes in Canada.
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