Chapter 3

It’s Never Too Late: Yoga for Midlifers and Older Adults

In This Chapter

arrow Going into Prime of Life Yoga with the proper attitude

arrow Discovering yoga benefits and routines for midlife

arrow Taking older practitioners’ needs into consideration

If you’re on the senior side of the life curve and you’re considering taking up yoga, you’re not alone. A 2012 Yoga Journal study reported that approximately a third of the 20.4 million adults in America who practice yoga are older than age 45.

This chapter 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 “Cherishing the Chair” section addresses the needs of folks who are generally older than 70; however, people of any age can follow these routines.

Reaping the Benefits of Yoga through Midlife and Beyond

Midlife, as the word suggests, refers to the middle of life. It’s not, as some people think, “The End,” but rather a new beginning. Yoga helps you navigate the physical and emotional changes associated with midlife and allows you to age gracefully, healthfully, ...

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