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The Power of Age in Yoga: Mastering Challenging Poses and Embracing Practice at Any Stage of Life

Updated: Mar 15, 2023

In response to those who wonder if they are "too old for yoga," one can look back to an experience of yoga teacher Amy Ippoliti in New York City during the 90s.


She taught a 10 a.m. yoga class on Tuesdays, primarily attended by women over 50, with a few younger students in their 20s. Surprisingly, the older women consistently outperformed the younger students in more challenging poses like arm balances and inversions[1].


This phenomenon could be attributed to the older students' familiarity with their bodies, as they have spent years understanding their physical and mental capabilities. In contrast, the younger students were still relatively new to their adult bodies and had less experience navigating them[1].


Yoga practice goes beyond achieving impressive poses; it focuses on stillness, mental digestion, and cultivating a meaningful life[1]. It provides practitioners with the opportunity to reflect on life, create space for contemplation, and form healthier relationships with themselves and others. Yoga practice also promotes flexibility, mobility, and ease in daily life. These benefits can be enjoyed by individuals of any age[1].


To start a yoga practice at any age, consider the following tips:

  1. Bring a friend of a similar age to a class to feel more comfortable and share the experience[1].

  2. Register for a beginner series that introduces new students to yoga over 3-6 weeks or longer[1].

  3. Find a drop-in class catering to your age group at local recreation centers or community centers[1].

  4. Attend intro or basics classes to build your foundation before progressing to more advanced levels[1].

In conclusion, age should not be a barrier to starting a yoga practice. Embrace the journey and enjoy the benefits of yoga at any stage of life.


References:

[1] Ippoliti, A. (2021, July 30). Why Older Yogis Often School Younger Ones in Strenuous Poses—And Why You’re Never Too Old for Yoga. Yoga Journal. Retrieved from https://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/too-old-for-yoga/?utm_source=Yoga%20Journal-facebook&fbclid=Iw

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