When you picture yoga, what do you see?
Do you imagine a group of sweaty 20-somethings packed into a hot room, moving vigorously?
Do you picture uber flexible people folded into positions you could never imagine doing yourself?
Everyone has a different idea of what yoga might look like, but you might be surprised to learn that the picture you hold looks nothing like the reality.
For one thing, yoga just isn’t for the young, gorgeous and flexible.
Yoga is for everyone.
If you are over 50 and think that yoga isn’t for you, it’s time to think again. While the hot Bikram and vigorous Vinyasa styles may not suit your taste, Iyengar yoga is a far more accessible system that still delivers a host of benefits.
If you’ve always wanted to try yoga, but believed it wasn’t for you, then our Iyengar Yoga classes are tailored made for you.
Named after BKS Iyengar, who wanted to make yoga accessible to everyone, Iyengar Yoga uses props and precise, ordered movements to improve health and wellbeing. Focusing on technique, sequencing and timing, Iyengar Yoga encourages participants to master position and breathing before moving onto the next asana (pose).
Like all yoga disciplines, Iyengar Yoga delivers a host of benefits to participants, particularly to those over the age of 50.
Who wouldn’t want to experience all these benefits?
If you’re keen to start yoga for the first time, it’s important to take things slow and listen to your body. If you’re 50 or over, here are some practical tips for starting Iyengar Yoga.
● It’s always a good idea to have a general check up with your GP to get the all clear before your first class.
● Ease yourself in with a dedicated beginners Iyengar Yoga class, tailored to your fitness and mobility level.
● Before your first class, let your instructor know if you have any existing injuries or health concerns so they can tailor the class accordingly.
● Get there early and ensure you are ready for the class by warming up beforehand, to reduce the risk of pain and injury.
● Give your body and mind time to take in all the benefits of yoga by starting slow and making sure your technique is correct.
● Help perfect your technique by using the props in the studio to achieve the correct position each time.
● You might be tempted to rush through asanas in the beginning but it’s best to take your time to get the most from your practice.
● Consistency is key. Practising asanas at home gives you the chance to improve your technique and enjoy yoga every day.
● If you struggle with the physical elements of yoga, slow down and embrace the mental benefits of practise, starting with meditation.
● Focus on position and breath control to get the most benefit from each class, ensuring your pose and breathe control is correct for each asana.
Ready to embrace a healthier retirement? Infuse Health has been recognised as one of the top three Iyengar Yoga studios in Newcastle. Whatever your age or ability, our beginner Iyengar Yoga classes will help you be the best you can be, in body, mind and soul. Contact our team to discover more about how we support yoga for over 50s.