In This Chapter

^ Going into Prime of Life Yoga with the proper attitude ^ Discovering Yoga benefits and routines for midlife ^ Taking older practitioners' needs into consideration f

■ f you're on the senior side of the life curve and considering taking up

Yoga, you're not alone. A 2008 Yoga Journal study reported that of the almost 16 million Americans who practice Yoga, almost 3 million are 55 or older.

Yoga can help practitioners of every age improve their health and well-being. The Yoga toolbox includes innumerable postures that, depending on how you modify them, can offer the appropriate level of challenge to each and every yogi and yogini regardless of age or ability. Remember, the process and the practice are what are important, not the final form of the postures. One advantage that more mature practitioners of Yoga have over its more youthful adherents is greater patience to be still for breathing exercises and meditation, both of which become more important relative to the postures as you age.

This chapter discusses and presents safe Yoga routines for people in their middle-aged and senior years. The Prime of Life Yoga discussion addresses folks who fall within the vast expanse of the middle years — generally between 40-something and 70-something.

The "Cherish the Chair" section addresses the needs of folks who are generally older than 70; however, these routines may be used and enjoyed by people of any age. Yoga is a union of body, breath, and mind, and that the best variations of Yoga postures for any individual are those that meet his or her own physical, emotional, and lifestyle needs regardless of age.

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