If you’ve reached senior status and you’re not already practicing yoga, now’s a good time to begin.
Yoga is a great form of exercise for seniors. There are many yoga postures that can increase flexibility, mobility, strength, and balance through low-impact movement. Psychologically, it can help keep your mind sharp and increase positive emotions, mindfulness, and awareness of Self.
But the practice of yoga in the West has become intimidating—especially to seniors just starting out. If your goal is not to look like a human pretzel, but rather to increase your balance, stability, and flexibility as you age, a yoga class can seem daunting and more suited to young acrobats.
Rest assured, yoga is for everyone—you just have to find the style of yoga best suited for your needs and start with the most basic yoga poses get comfortable. These five easy yoga poses are a great starting sequence for seniors looking to begin a daily yoga routine.