(Last Updated on : 25/09/2014)
Ideal age for practice of Yoga Asanas involves certain age related considerations that have an impact on the practice of Yoga Asanas. Yoga Asanas can be practiced by almost all age groups, although some considerations do apply after one crosses middle age. Also, Yoga Asanas
are best practiced regularly from a young age. Yoga Asanas are generally non-violent and non-fatiguing in character, and hence are well suited to both the young and the old. Each exercise has a specific positive health value for every age group and has a preventive and a corrective measure for various ailments.
have affirmed that the young, the old, the sick and the infirm can also undertake the practice of asanas with relative ease. However, children under the age of five need not be initiated into Yoga exercises. Children under the age of five need not be initiated into Yoga
asanas, since their movements are considered natural and unstrained as it is. Moreover, the proportion of heart volume with the diameter of the arteries is small for children and improves with age, making it best to include the most exhausting exercises once the child has grown up.
From 5 to 10 years of age children should practice asanas that enable mental concentration
. From the age of 10- 16, youths should be encouraged to follow a daily asana regimen. There is no greak risk in following this until middle age (about 40 years), though special considerations begin to apply once one crosses 40. After middle age, however, it becomes imperative to exercise daily. Hence, mild systematic Yoga Asanas are ideal and can be followed as a daily regimen, and the exercises that strain muscles that tend to become inelastic with age may be discarded. But just the practice of yoga alone cannot help people to combat health problems. Along with yoga, one will have to include proper and balanced diet in their life style.