Yoga for Health - Its Never too Late to Start Yoga
One look at the bendy, flexible bodies of yogis might be enough to turn many off by assuming that you have to start at the age of 5 and take daily classes for the rest of your life to maintain the flexibility. There are actually thousands of yoga poses.
However, yoga practitioners say that this is not true – you can take up yoga and benefit from it at any age – it’s a gentle exercise aimed at building muscle strength and control, as well as promoting relaxation, fluidity of movement and good breathing.
Many people continue to practise yoga into their 80s and 90s. Have a look at these popular Yoga Asanas And Poses below:
Yoga can assist in combatting:
- Loss of bone density (osteoporosis)
- Depression click here to see more on yoga for depression
- Hardening of arteries
- Hormone fluctuation
- Joint stiffness
Yoga can promote:
- Muscle strength
- Good posture
- Good breathing
- Balance and stability
- Good digestion
Deciding to take up yoga puts you in good company: celebrities as diverse as Lady Gaga, Miranda Kerr, Sting, Heather Graham and Jon Bon Jovi all regularly sing the praises of their yoga practice. Michelle Williams has even set up a programme called the Yoga for Single Moms Project - "Yoga gave me relief like nothing else; it made me a better person and a better mother... And then I started to think about how expensive it is to get a babysitter to take a yoga class. The idea behind the programme is that if you can clear the time, we do the rest. It provides childcare while the mum is in the yoga class, and it's all free."
Books on Yoga
The Yoga Bible
You’ll find more than 150 photographs of poses from various styles of yoga, plus an analysis of the styles, in this helpful book.
30 Essential Yoga Poses
This is a wonderful yoga book on poses that beginners can use. It introduces some basic yoga postures, pranayama, and mantras for daily practice.
Scientific Keys Volume II: The Key Poses of Hatha Yoga
This book offers an intriguing view of the body in yoga motion. You’ll review 55 poses not only externally, but internally, with detailed photos of the muscles and bones involved.
Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual
Beginners and intermediate practitioners will appreciate the posture modifications found in this comprehensive book. Poses are displayed through more than 650 photos and detailed instruction.The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga
Many of today’s yogis and yoginis learned about yoga through this classic manual. On the market since 1960, the publishers have given it a new look while still communicating the traditional philosophy and practice of yoga.
My Yoga 2 Go Practice Deck
Don’t let vacation or business travel keep you from daily practice. This handy set lets you choose individual poses or entire sequences.
Asanas: 608 Poses
Yogi Dharma Mittra selected hundreds of his favorites, and a photographer captured him in various postures for this intriguing black and white collection.
Other options for practising yoga include using DVDs once you’ve taken a few classes, or finding a group of friends to practice yoga with regularly.