When Joan Klyhn, 75, started a yoga class at the Chelsea Piers Sports Center in New York City, she never anticipated having many guys in her class. More older adults—including men—are now taking their place on yoga mats. According to a study, 18.4 percent of practitioners are now over age 55. Researchers have found regular practice leads to reduced incidence of chronic back pain, improved sleep quality and mood; a better sense of well-being and quality of life; improvement in heart health, rheumatoid arthritis and type 2 diabetes.
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