Age should not be a limitation in yoga. I started my practice at age 72 - now at age 77 I can enjoy my 5 minute headstand that leaves me feeling at least 20 years younger!
Whatever you do, do not give up regular practice....even if you have only 15 minutes.
Try renting some dvd's and watching through the entire thing first, then repeat the dvd, - try the ananas in a seated position first, following the dvd. Find a teacher who will come to your home and give some introductory instructions.
Admittedly, I am much younger and slimmer, China, but I have to agree that the instructions on Yoga Journal can be rather cryptic and difficult. I'd recommend finding a yoga DVD that you like and trying that first, my favourite is Louise Solomon's Yoga & Pilates. I've used others before, and I'm about a beginner yogi, but I find her regimen to be wonderful, without being painful, I'm in pretty good shape but in the first two days I could tell a big difference in my abdominal muscles and flexibility.
By the way, great article, I really enjoyed the poses you recommended for teenagers/adolescents, I just tried it; fabulous!
First of all be kind to yourself and start gently, use the pictures only as a guide to where you could go. Think about what it is you're trying to achieve, and ALWAYS support yourself. I teach many students who prefer to use a chair as they build their strength and flexibility up. Confuscius said, "journey of 1,000 miles, begins with one step at a time". Wise words eh!
Please use pictures to show these poses. Even after doing yoga for a year I get confused with just the written instructions.
It's so wonderful to read thru the yoga exercises and wisdom teachings. I pick up a lot of wisdom teachings I wish to do some mild exercises, but how could a 53 year old menopausal 200pounder start? I have a hard time understanding the instructions. Also, i am hypertensive and living a sedentary life. Please help me. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.