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August 31, 2014

Yoga offers benefits that can outweigh risks for seniors

With studies suggesting that yoga may be helpful in reducing heart rate and blood pressure, relieving anxiety and depression, and easing back pain, studios are filling up with baby boomers and older adults. Yet seniors pose a special challenge for yoga instructors, because of their mix of abilities and conditions: Some 80-year-olds are still running marathons, and some 70-year-olds are unable to get up out of a chair.

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