When you age your joints and muscles are going to start losing their flexibility and if you don’t want that to happen, then you definitely need to start doing something about this. For example, breathing and stretching techniques are a very good way to regain your flexibility and that is why you need to consider them as soon as possible. Therefore, if you plan on doing yoga and trying various yoga poses, be sure you keep these things in mind so that you don’t overexert yourself.
Go for the simple poses
In order to minimize the chances of injuring or hurting yourself, you need to always go for the simple poses. This is because when you are old, you will not be able to perform poses that involve stretching your body in a certain way and to a great extent, so be sure that you have someone who can tell you more about these poses and help you do them.
Focus on problem areas
There are certainly some areas in your body that bother you very much and while some of them may be stiff, others may simply hurt. For instance, the neck, the back, the hips, the hamstrings and the ankles are areas on your body that need attention and that is why you need to consider trying poses that helps improve their function and blood circulation. The same goes for the wrists.
When you are going to switch from the dog pose for instance to another one, you need to ensure the transition is slow so that you don’t risk injuring yourself. Take your time and don’t hurry it up, since it can be a bit risky. Now when it comes to how long you should hold poses, you need to hold them for a reduced length of time. If you want to go for stretching poses, then hold them for ten and maximum 15 seconds.
Learn how to balance
When you’re in your early sixties or around that age, you will find balancing to be much more difficult compared to how it was in your younger years. To maintain and improve it, you need to narrow your gaze on a specific object on the ground and this will help you keep your balance for longer periods of time. It’s also a good idea to get help and use other yoga practitioners for balance and physical support whenever needed, so don’t be shy to try this.