Your Midlife Guide to Yoga
Double whammy – Yoga can improve both your mental and physical health
What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient Eastern mind-body activity that practices linking breath to ‘poses’.Its benefits include boosting physical and mental wellbeing, and reducing stress and help reduce blood pressure
Why is Yoga good for you?
A number of scientific trials have been published on yoga, most of which suggest it is a safe and effective way to increase physical strength and flexibility. Practising balance poses is also a great way to work on your stability – which is important in maintaining bone strength – all vital things to think about as you age
What do I need to know?
There are a number of different styles of yoga such as Hatha, Yin or Bikram Yoga, but as a yoga-novice how do you know which to choose? Each style has its own area of emphasis such as posture or breathing, and approaches can range from ‘workout’ to meditative. There is usually crossover among the various yoga styles and teaching methods, so its always a good idea to trial a few different styles to help you find ‘the one’
The bottom line
Yoga is often referred to as a ‘practise’- and it is exactly that – practise. Sometimes you may feel you’ve mastered a posture quickly, sometimes it can take continued and regular practise to get there. Classes are typically 45 – 90 mins long, and it’s recommended to attend a class a minimum of once a week.
If you want to know why not read 9 Reasons to try Yoga.
If you have any health conditions or injuries, you should seek advice from a medical professional before trying any new exercise