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Top 5 things you didn't know about older adult yoga.

When you think of yoga, you may envision young, agile athletes bent into pretzel shapes—not something that older people are often able to do. But yoga has mental and physical benefits for people of all ages, especially seniors. Here are some facts that may surprise you.

1 It's not just for the young

"People tell me all the time that they can't do yoga because they're not flexible. I tell them if they do yoga, they will become more flexible," says Laura Malloy, the director of yoga programs at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. The Institute runs a Successful Aging program for people 65 and older, a nine-week mind-body program that includes yoga.

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