The Best Yoga DVD and Routines for Beginners over 50
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It is never too late to begin a yoga practice, honestly.
Whatever your age, the physical shape you are in and all the reasons you can invent to think of why you can’t do yoga don’t mean a thing.
That’s because the beautiful thing about yoga is how adaptable it can be to all kinds of physical and emotional states. You don’t have to be young and flexible, you don’t have to be able to touch your toes, wear fancy leggings and most importantly you don’t have to have hours of extra time to be able to make a start.
Beginning a yoga practice is a developing, learning process that you can take at your own pace.
Yoga is holistic; it touches on the mental, emotional and spiritual as well as the physical.
That means not only do you get to strengthen and tone your muscles you also learn how to go within and connect to your sense of self, cultivating a tranquility that you can use in your life beyond yoga.
Add to that the fact that yoga enables better sleeping habits, higher energy levels, improved flexibility and you have no reason not to roll out your mat! It’s about taking control of your health, inside and out and learning to enjoy your body.
If you are considering whether or not to set out on a new yoga journey, you definitely should! But do take into consideration the following tips for beginners over 50, particularly being mindful of any restrictions in your body, pain or injuries you may have had in the past. Like any exercise, being aware of what your body is telling you is paramount to not hurting yourself, and it’s important to follow direction from a professional teacher, whether from a DVD routine or in a live studio.
Tips for taking up yoga over 50 (and sticking to it!)
Start Simple – It’s a good idea to begin slow and work your way up to a more challenging class, that way you know that you are building a good foundation to your practice as well as avoiding anything that might harm you by going too fast. Choose a slow-pace, restorative, beginners or therapeutic class so that you can get used to yoga in a pace that’s right for you.
Also remember that yoga is not about comparisons or judgment, so don’t be intimidated by others who may be further along in their practice (Yoga is not supposed to be competitive!). It can be a nice compliment to your new yoga practice to do a little reading about the traditions and philosophy of yoga, in order to really ground your understanding in facts.
Trying different styles and techniques like chair yoga can be an excellent way for those who are unsure or worried about starting a yoga class to dip their toes into the practice. Why not find out if there are classes or routines available that begin by sitting in a chair? This is also a fantastic option for anyone with bad knees or back issues that make getting low on the ground challenging.
Choose a class that incorporates meditation as well as movement – With classes led by teachers who value the power of breath work and meditation just as much as getting into a difficult pose, you can be sure to learn much more about the basic philosophy of yoga.
Breathing properly is vital for a healthy, happy life and so many of us don’t realize when we are not actually doing it right. If you take a class or choose a routine that also teaches you these invaluable lessons, you can learn to integrate them into your daily life too. You will learn that yoga really is not only about sweating through a hot session or standing on one leg for ages, but it’s also a way of life that you take with you off the mat.
Having your own yoga towel is a wonderful way to motivate you to practice at home and is also good for hygienic reasons. Yoga does not require tons of extra fancy accessories, that’s one of the things that’s so great about it as a fitness activity, but it can make you take things a little more seriously to have your own yoga mat rolled up and ready to go whenever.
Keep showing up – Whether at a class or at home, regular practice is essential for improving. That does not mean you have to get up at 5 am and do an hour’s yoga (by all means go for it if you want to!), but even just 5 -10 minutes a day of stretching or simple yoga routines can and will work wonders for your overall health. If you change your mindset to view yoga as a growing, evolving practice, you may find it easier to dedicate more and more time as you learn and improve. Learn more here about how often you should do yoga.
Create a home practice – Ideally, as a beginner, it’s a good idea to combine both home practice from DVDs and taking a class with a teacher so as to receive feedback and advice on the poses. The thing is that classes can be expensive and nothing beats being able to pull your mat out at home at a time that’s convenient for you. It’s also a great way to experiment with different styles and approaches. If you want to explore which DVD’s will suit you as a beginner, no matter what your age, we have compiled the following list of high-quality DVDs to help you decide.
The Best Yoga DVD Routine’s for Beginners
Gentle Yoga: 7 Beginning Yoga Practices for Mid-life
Set to the stunning backdrop of the Glacier National Park among lakes, rivers, and trees, this yoga series features seven routines that are totally accessible for beginners. Jane Adams is a calm and experienced teacher whose routines are easy to follow and organised into seven different themes such as an energising morning routine, a routine for mid-day relief from the desk and computer, a relaxing evening practice and then some targeted routines that aim to improve balance, core strength and flexibility and one that focuses on standing poses. These are complemented by a lovely relaxing session done lying down. Jane will guide you through over 100 poses, and you will be amazed how easily you learn to master simple stretches and poses. The DVD is also very easy to navigate so that you can pick and choose the section that best suits you in the moment.
Yoga over 50
With this DVD and instructor Barbara Benagh, you can move at a good pace and rest assured that the routines are totally designed with your age and abilities in mind. This DVD is specifically for those older novice yogis who want to learn how to regularly practice yoga in a gentle way without the risk of injury. If you are interested in improving flexibility, want to do something to prevent osteoarthritis or osteoporosis then this is the routine for you. There are eight different routines to choose from, each between 20 -60 minutes, they include: Flexibility & Strength, Seated Poses, Flowing Sun Salutations, Guided Relaxation, and Meditation, Gentle Yoga on a Chair, Osteoporosis, and Osteoarthritis. The routines include easy movements that are manageable and will certainly set you off on a yoga journey that will be beneficial for your physical and emotional health.
Rodney Yee’s Complete Yoga for Beginners
Rodney Yee is considered one of the best yoga ‘gurus’ out there. This is a great DVD for beginners but perhaps those who have at least some experience or good mobility might prefer it. That said, the DVD includes a focus on technique, alignment and how to avoid common mistakes when moving through poses. There are four different 20-minute workouts and an express workout. One of the best things about this DVD and Rodney Yee is the way that he explains the poses and helps to guide you through the routines. If you cannot make a live class, this is really almost just as good! A great choice to help you progress rapidly from the novice stage.
The All-Day Yoga Workout
This DVD features workouts from three different instructors, each one to be practiced either in the morning, afternoon or evening. The first is A.M. Yoga for Beginners with Rodney Yee. It’s a great 15-minute routine to help kick start your day. You’ll do stretches to get the blood moving and also a guided meditation to prepare you for what’s ahead. It’s great for any busy schedule.
Suzanne Deason leads the next routine, Stress Relief Yoga for Beginners, designed to tackle neck, shoulder and lower back pain as well as stress relief in general. The third workout is led by Patricia Walden and is P.M. Yoga for Beginners. It’s an evening routine to get you in a calmer, relaxed mood as you wind down from the day. A great extra with this DVD is the how-to guide for beginners, where you can see pictures of every pose and instructions on how to do them.
Yoga for Inflexible People
With this DVD you gain access to over 50 routines for beginners on 3 different discs.
The first is Yoga For Inflexible People, with a workout suitable for anyone who thinks they are inflexible. The point being that yoga is here to help anyone become more flexible, it’s not just for already bendy people! There are 35 routines for those starting out or intermediate yogis.
The next disc has 10 gently paced flow yoga routines perfect again for beginners and increasing strength, flexibility and improving muscle tone and relaxation. Disc 3 is Gentle Yoga for Every Body with 12 routines that work for anyone anywhere, whether standing, sitting or lying down. It’s a great way to start doing yoga if you are a total beginner in any way nervous about being able to do the poses.
Yoga Zone – Evening Stress Release for Beginners
With this DVD you will get a great workout for beginners and a straightforward no-nonsense approach to yoga. There are two simple, easy to follow 20-minute work out sessions. Even though the focus is evening stress release, these routines would also work well at any time of day to get a good stretch and gentle workout in. Filmed in Jamaica against a lovely backdrop, this DVD is good for beginners but does include some more intense stretches and poses that somebody more senior may prefer to work up to over a period of time.