Recommended Books on Exercise
Relax & Renew, Restful Yoga for Stressful Times by Judith Lasater, Phd, P.T.
This is not really yoga in the usual sense. There are holding poses but there is no exertion. With a variety of bolsters and rolled blankets, the body is allowed to "surrender" into itself. The process becomes more of a meditation. This is a great guide for someone who has a difficult time meditating. These "exercises," if they can even be called that, will help to calm the mind. Especially good for those who have trouble sleeping. Do these before bedtime.
The New Yoga for People over 50 by Suza Francina
This is more like the standard Yoga poses, but with a lot of support for each movement. This allows the body to gently stretch without any possibility of injury. This book is not just for those over 50, but great for anyone that has stiffness and pain or is recuperating from any injury. It's a good way to ease back into movement while learning some good habits of stretching regularly, along with the calming effects of yoga.
SpringForest Qigong by Chunyi Lin
This DVD is one of the easiest to remember and to follow, yet it can be quite powerful if practiced consistently. Don't let its simplicity fool you. Anyone, in any physical condition, can practice it. It can even be done sitting down. A separate sitting meditation is also included. It teaches one to clear the "microcircuit" of the body. That is the continuous loop that connects the front and back midline of the torso and its importance is stressed in many disciplines.