The benefits of yoga are many. Studies tell us that yoga can be instrumental in lowering blood pressure, keeping muscles and joints fluid and flexible, and in easing back pain. These claims alone should be reason enough to pique your interest. Instead of taking a half dozen supplements that promise to fix everything that ails you, try yoga. Seniors often resist the idea of yoga because they are not comfortable with the idea of getting down on the floor. Would you be interested if I told you that you could derive the same benefits while sitting down or holding on to a chair? I took my first chair yoga class last week and I was impressed. It left me with the same relaxed “stretchy feeling” that I get from a traditional yoga class, maybe more so because I didn’t have to worry that my warrior pose wasn’t perfect or that my tree balancing act left me swaying too much. Chair yoga introduced me to the same postures but with teensy little modifications that were much easier. Get over the idea that yoga is only for young agile athletes who can bend themselves into pretzels. Yoga can be enjoyed by all and it has nothing to do with age or physical prowess. Getting started: • Yoga classes are very popular. You can find a good chair yoga class at senior centers, yoga studios, the YMCA or even at a nearby hospital. • You don’t need to buy special equipment. • You can wear any comfortable loose fitting clothing (cute yoga outfits and matching mats are optional). Watch a class the first time or two if you feel too intimidated to take on something new. Once the weirdness wears off you will see that it isn’t hard at all. The other option is doing yoga at home. Did you know that local PBS Stations often run a series called “Yoga for the Rest of Us” by Peggy Cappy? This series is also available in DVD format at your public library. You will soon be convinced that yoga is indeed for the rest of us. Go yoga!