Yoga can be a beneficial practice for individuals of all ages but can provide a little something extra for aging adults. As individuals grow older, it can be harder to remain active and refrain from an overly sedentary lifestyle.
Those who are no longer as active as they used to be will notice things such as reduced joint flexibility, arthritis, increased body fat, low back irritation, chronic pain and stress-related symptoms.
Yoga is a low-impact activity that will help you return to your active ways while reducing some of the age-related problems you may have started to notice after entering your golden years. With this activity, it's all about relaxing and getting in touch with yourself.
Yoga exercises for seniors
One-legged wind releasing pose: This pose will have you lie down on your back with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Hug one thigh to your chest and straighten the opposite leg on the floor keeping the foot flexed. Breathe until you feel the muscles relax, and hold before repeating on the other side.
Staff pose: The staff pose can help with aches and pains felt throughout the body while improving posture and strengthening muscles. To complete, sit on the floor with legs out in front. Pull in the stomach and sit up while tightening the abdomen and flexing the thigh muscles. It helps to imagine the spine as a staff pressing into the floor. Try to hold this for two to 10 deep breaths before you relax.
Chair pose: The chair pose can be good for your heart, as it requires the body to increase blood flow and sends more oxygen to other parts of the body. To complete the chair pose, stand with feet together and inhale while swinging your arms out to the side and above your head. Exhale and bend the knees so your torso and thighs create a right angle – as if you were sitting in a chair. Try to hold this position for one minute.