Never too young or too old!
In the Iyengar yoga community, getting older is not something to despair about – there is a multitude of examples of teachers that are well into their 60′s and 70′s and combine youthfulness and wisdom. Of course mr. Iyengar practiced regularly and vigorously until weeks before his death at 96 (see picture on the right by Andy Richter). But if you think this is unobtainable for the ordinary person, just read this letter from John Schumacher with his perspective on turning 70. It might surprise you!
Research shows that yoga can improve the quality of life, especially in seniors. It can help the gait, decrease risk of falling, generally improve cognitive function, mood and the general sense of health and well-being. See also this video for a great example of the effects of a yoga program for the elderly student.
Iyengar yoga is excellent at any age, since the props will help you find a modification of any pose that works for you. If you are in doubt if yoga classes are suitable for you, you can always try one of our Special Needs classes to see how you can adapt poses to suit your physical capabilities.
But, also the very young can benefit from yoga postures. Doing yoga with your baby will stimulate their digestion and take their bodies through a full range of motion, help you find techniques to soothe them, but you will get to move and relax too! Starting february 18, Elisa will teach a 5 week Baby Yoga course. Try it out and set the foundation for a life-long practice for your youngsters.