Yoga 101: all you need to know to get started in your 60s 9



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You see it everywhere – at your local shopping centre, via ads, on the TV, at the gym…it’s hard to escape the world of yoga. But this relaxing form of exercise is popular for a reason: it’s easy, fun and great for your health. As we get older, the need for exercise doesn’t lessen, we actually need to do it more to keep us active and healthy for longer. Yoga is gentle on your body and is a great stress reliever too.

Benefits of yoga

  • Increased mobility, energy and relaxation
  • Increased flexibility, strength and breathing capacity
  • Arthritic pain alleviated
  • Improved posture
  • Feeling more calm and peaceful

So if you want to try yoga, where do you start? First, you’ll need some equipment.


Usual yoga outfit:

  • loose fitting top or singlet
  • stretchy or loose pants
  • sports bra or crop top (for women)
  • tied up, pulled back hair

Also, bring along a towel, a big water bottle and a change of clothes.

If you are going to try yoga at your local studio, they usually have their own mats, bolsters and pillows, however ring ahead or check their website just in case.

There are plenty of different types of yoga, but which one should you try?


Also called hot yoga, the room is heated to 38 degrees and the idea is to sweat! You move through 26 poses that can be difficult but will get easier with time. Great for all ages and fitness levels.


Slow and gentle movements. A class focuses on different poses each time, but they are easy and relaxing.


The purpose is to meditate and clear one’s mind and be at one with their breath whilst holding a pose.

Vinyasa flow

Also called Vinyasa flow or just flow, you’ll definitely be moving and flowing from one pose to the next.


Seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props.


All about focus

Before you begin a class, put yourself in the right mindset. It can be easy to be distracted or to giggle or roll your eyes at what the instructor is saying. You may get frustrated if you can’t do a pose but just remember: the instructor was once where you were and you will get better.

Let go of any insecurities you have and remind yourself that you will get so many positives from the classes, both mentally and physical.


When you can’t do the pose

Yoga poses can be difficult if you have a back problem or other ailments, but yoga teachers are always happy to assist and modify the stretch or pose so it can suit you. If you feel you aren’t able to do a pose, simply sit cross-legged on your mat and wait until the instructor can come to help you out.


Practice basic yoga poses at home

There are thousands of YouTube videos that show you how to practice yoga in your own home with ease before you feel ready to go to a proper class. Here are a few:

Have you tired yoga? If so, what do you like about it? And if not, would you try it? Tell us below.

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  1. How unfit am I ? Just attempted all the yoga sitting on the chair and still struggled ! Will keep trying daily though and see how I am in a month

  2. I am 60 and 6 have been attending yoga classes for nearly a year. I feel so much more flexible now. There are still some moves I cannot do because of my knees but I simply alter the pose to suit my body.

  3. Im 64 and have been attending Gentle Yoga once a week for over a year now. Feel so much more flexible and have learned some great breathing techniques that can be practiced at anytime. Havent missed a class yet and intend to keep it up as so good for my wellbeing. I encourage ALL over sixties to give it a try.

  4. I’m 67 been doing Dru Yoga for about 10 years. Great for my sciatica and general wellbeing. Sometimes I cannot do some of the poses but my Yogi can always comprise the position. As for Farting Kerry Ferrari, we all do it so why worry. It’s just like burping.

  5. This is weird. I just got home from my second-ever yoga class (the first was 30 years ago). It was brilliant! I did extremely well, I’m told (you could have fooled me) except for the balancing bits. Left feeling relaxed and VERY hungry.

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