Retirement is the perfect time to pick up healthy lifestyle. Starting a gentle yoga practice can be a great way to get active. Its best to check with your doctor to make sure it is right for you. Your doctor can help you determine which type of yoga you should begin with.

Many yoga exercises are simple and can be done anywhere, anytime. Yoga practices range providing options appropriate for different populations with variety of physical capability. Yoga combines a series of postures, breathing techniques and relaxation that promote both physical and mental wellness.

Research shows that practicing yoga can help to build muscles and strength bones, it can help improve balance and flexibility, which help prevent falls and injuries.

The controlled breathing done through the various yoga exercises teach how to take deeper breaths which benefits the entire body and helps to manage blood pressure levels.

Yoga requires concentration, this provides a break from thinking about troubles or worries and helps feeling less stressed. Yoga can be so relaxing for seniors and can help them improve their quality of  sleep which can be an issue for a lot of seniors.

Because yoga is done in a class with other yoga students, it provides environment where students socialize with other people with similar interests. Staying socially active and connected is important for maintaining health and well-being as we age.

Taking time out for yourself through yoga will make you feel more energetic and stress relieved, your body will function better, and you will feel better. If you’re thinking about starting a yoga practice, make sure to find a class and instructor who can meet your needs.