Yoga can be a great way of keeping in shape, what with all those exotic sounding positions, stretches and bends.
It’s more than possible that you’ve thought about giving it a go in the past and felt too scared to, or that someone might judge you in a class.
Worry no more – we’ve rounded up the best yoga classes, specially designed for the over 50s. They’re suited just for you.
Run at a slightly slower pace than normal, this class is good for improving both your strength and flexibility.
When: Wednesday, 10.30am – 12pm
Where: Cove Bowling Club, Horn Road, Cove, Farnborough, Hampshire
How much? £7
Strictly speaking this is a combination of mind, body and soul balancing exercise with meditation too – but it definitely counts. By the lovely people at Age UK.
When: Fridays, 2.30 – 4pm
Where: Age UK Merton, 277 London Road, Mitcham, CR4 3NT
How much? £6
Stretch and Relax is designed for any age or fitness level, and takes place in a peaceful, non-competitive atmosphere.
When: Wednesdays, 12 – 1.30pm
Where: Age UK Brighton & Hove, 29-31 Prestonville Road, Brighton, BN1 3TJ
How much? £4.50
Yoga for All is run by Julie Cade, who promises a warm welcome for everyone. Yoga is about “growing older with a longer spine,” she says – this class will help you enjoy renewed flexibility.
When: Thursday, 9.30 – 11.15am
Where: Buckland Village Hall, Buckland, Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5HZ
Yoga “addict” Suzi runs YogaFriendly, and this brilliant over 50s class near Bristol. “Many of our age related symptons can actually be caused simply by inactivity,” she says, and this is one of the ways to fix it.
When: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 – 11.15am
Where: Jubilee Hall, Slade Road, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 6BE
How much? £6 termly, £8 pay-as-you-go