Yoga for the over 50s
Why should I do yoga?
Although many of us feel that we should be “taking it easy” as we grow older, that is actually what we shouldn’t do. Extended periods of sitting can lead to all sorts of physical problems which are not, as we might think, an inevitable fact of ageing. Many of our age related symptoms can actually be caused simply by inactivity! It doesn’t have to be that way. With simple and safe movement we can help to keep our bodies fit and healthy, no matter what our age or ability.
How will yoga make a difference to my life?
Research shows that many of the physical health concerns linked to ageing, such as those listed below, can be helped by regular exercise, particularly by a yoga practice.
- Reduced strength in muscles and joints
- Back problems
- Excess Weight
- Anxiety or Depression
- Chronic pain
- Breathing difficulties
- Sleep issues
How should I do yoga?
A weekly yoga class can make all the difference. You will be made to feel really welcome, comfortable, and reassured that whatever you can do is enough. You will not be asked to do anything you don’t want to. You can sit down, stand up or lie down and do the practice in any way that feels good for you. The students who come have discovered that Yoga is completely do-able for all and they love it! If you are nervous about coming to a class, you could discuss it with one of the other students or with the teacher before attending.
I don’t want to come to a class, but I still want to do yoga.
In that case you may enjoy a one to one session where you will be made very comfortable and you can learn yoga that is tailored to your needs which you can do in the comfort of your own home. Visit the one to one therapy page for more information.
Will I have to do difficult yoga postures?
Not at all! No matter what your ability, level of fitness or strength, the yoga is adapted to suit everyone, so they can exercise safely and appropriately. Simple postures, used in conjunction the breath, and a positive attitude brings many beneficial results. Students who attend the class report that the yoga practice is not only physically strengthening, and it develops balance and flexibility but it also provides a rare opportunity in their chaotic lives to leave the outside world behind and be at peace.