Some Tips for Older Yoga Newcomers

If you are a senior and new at yoga or taking your first yoga class, here are some suggestions:

Seek out a class in which a majority of people are around your age. Seek out a teacher who has experience with teaching seniors.

Begin with a gentle style unless you are athletic.

If you have any health problems or concerns, speak with your doctor before embarking on a yoga class.

If you have high blood pressure, avoid inverted poses.

If you have osteoporosis, be careful of placing stress on brittle bones.

If you have arthritis, you may need to move at a slow, gentle pace.


Indra Devi is one of the century’s most renowned yoga teachers. Indra was born in 1890 and was the first foreign woman to study yoga with masters in India. During an interview in her nineties she was asked, “How does it feel aging?” Devi replied, “I don’t know how it feels. Ask someone who’s aging. I don’t know anything about aging.”

Source: The New Yoga for People Over 50, Suza Francina

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