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Yoga in the Silver Years

April 3, 2019

HOW TO GET A SENIOR STARTED WITH YOGA
 

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Yoga offers a plethora of benefits for people of all ages. Specifically for seniors, a modified yoga routine can help with flexibility, muscle tone, balance, and, as Dr. Grace Bullock suggests, memory and brain function. Not sure how to get your elderly loved one started? Keep reading.

 

Getting Started

 

Your first step should be to do some research on the yoga classes available for seniors in your area. In addition to picking a class designed for beginners, you’ll want to consider factors like schedule, location, and cost. If your loved one is already a member at a local gym or senior center, check there first. Your senior will be more likely to stick with a class that fits with their existing schedule and is easy to get to. And, while yoga classes are typically very affordable, $10 or $20 per session may still be too much on a fixed income.  

 

If you intend to practice at home, it’s best to have a dedicated yoga/meditation space set up before you begin. This should be a spot where you — and your loved one — are comfortable and relaxed. It should be well organized, with a minimalist theme. An area with natural light and a view of the outdoor