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Too late to start Yoga?

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January 1, 2012 5:20:37 AM

Do you think it is late to start practicing Yoga when you are over 30?

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January 1, 2012 6:58:39 AM

definately no
you can do yog in any age

but in start, do it for short time and then increase time, also do not try to attempt those practices which are difficult to you (like some asan (mudra))
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January 4, 2012 6:12:24 AM

Is it good to follow videos? Any good resource to recommend?
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January 8, 2012 5:51:56 AM

videos are also good as a resource
read books on yog, for more detailed and written matter
or you can consult a yog expert
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March 9, 2012 11:08:19 PM

I agree with truegenius. Its never too late so long as you can eat, sleep, breathe and walk. Either way just do alot of research first. Like with anything else.
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April 20, 2012 9:57:40 AM

Usually, yoga is pretty low-stress on your body, especially if you're taking a beginners prenatal class. I think you will be fine I just started Hatha yoga and I am 29.
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April 23, 2012 1:24:42 AM

It is not late when you are thirty. You can seek some advice and find out a kind of Yoga that suits you.
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May 30, 2012 9:31:01 AM

No, it's not too late. But what I would suggest is proper technique, otherwise you may strain something that your body is not used too. It may be better to have a yoga instructor help you with the technique without hurting yourself.
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July 1, 2012 4:33:42 PM

30 is an excellent age to start. You have the majority of your life left, and this will improve the quality of your remaining years.

I have been doing yoga for 17 years, and I started at 36. Here is a series of yoga shows. I am the guy on the left demonstrating the "easy poses".

The first rule that I tell everyone: listen to your body, and approach your limits slowly. Yoga is not about how far you can twist your body into a pretzel, but rather accepting yourself for who you are, and then making improvements from there.

Yes, a teacher/structured class is a good idea, but select one carefully. There are dozens of styles and teachers are often certified with a minimum of training.

To figure out your style, here is a quick quiz from the Yoga Journal, the best magazine about yoga. I started with Kripalu yoga, which offers a balance of poses, breathing, chanting and meditation.

As for an instructor, just go to three or four different classes and find out. Classes are offered all over the place, from boutique studios, exercise gyms, even the YMCA. Some of the best teachers simply work out of their homes. If you are in the Atlanta area, pm me and we can talk.

Individual classes cost around $15 for a single drop in session, and will offer discounts for a series of sessions. Price of a class is not tied to the quality of the teacher. You can find an excellent instructor at your local community center - the class I am currently in is "Pay what you can" where you just drop money into a bowel by the door, and the teacher is invited accross the country to teach at yoga schools.

When you go to your first class, it is customary to remove your shoes and socks, and wear loose fitting clothing. You can bring your own mat ($15 at Target), or the facility will often have them, sometimes for an extra charge. There is no other sport where the cost of equipment is so low.

Show up 10 to 15 minutes early and introduce yourself - if the teacher does not ask you about your previous experience and/or if you have any medical conditions, then do not go back. If they try to push you past your limit, do not go back. If they are more interested in looking at the pretty girls....well you know the answer.

Good luck.
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July 1, 2012 4:34:50 PM

Edit: I can't believe I just posted to a six month old question!
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July 17, 2012 10:45:42 AM

No Absolutely Not. To start yoga there is no age limit. At any age you can start yoga and it will prove beneficial for you specially for those who want to lose weight.

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July 22, 2012 10:40:50 PM

Best answer selected by Area51reopened.
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July 22, 2012 10:40:57 PM

This topic has been closed by Area51reopened
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