One of the more rapidly growing segments of the yoga population is of people aged 55 and older. There are more Seniors Yoga classes, or similar classes such as Ageless Yoga, or Gentle Yoga, than ever before, as aging baby boomers look for safe ways to remain active, strong, and healthy.
A Yoga Journal study in 2008 said that 18% of yoga practitioners are over age 55. That percentage is sure to rise as the baby boomer generation ages.
Over half of my yoga students are in the baby boomer and older age range (born 1964 and earlier), and they make up the most stable segment of my students, since they've experienced how the yoga classes have benefited their health.
My Gentle Yoga classes, which are often my largest classes, are made up of people mostly over the age of 60. Often someone will come up after class to tell me how much good the class has done them. Their joints are less painful (arthritis pains are reduced), they're stronger, more flexible and mobile, and they feel better overall.
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