Over 36 million Americans already count yoga as one of their regular activities, with another 80 million likely to try it within the next year. But for one reason or another several others have yet to do so. If you’re among them, you’ll soon see that you have everything to gain and virtually nothing to lose by giving yoga a try. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, pain relief, exercise, or simply a new challenge, yoga truly offers something for everyone.
And if you’re feeling like you missed the window and it’s too late to start now, don’t! There are yoga practitioners in their 90s, at all levels from beginner to advanced–in fact, 18.4% are over the age of 55. There are some many reasons to give yoga a try; here are some of them.
Yoga is a wonderful form of natural pain relief. Among people with chronic low back pain, doing yoga for just 12 weeks led to greater improvements in back function than usual care. Practicing yoga for six months has been linked to significantly less disability, pain, and associated depression. It’s not only back pain that stands to benefit, either. Yoga has been found to benefit many types of pain, including: fibromyalgia, arthritis, joint pain, neck pain and more.