Yoga Exercises for Seniors

Yoga is a form of exercise suitable for adults of all ages. It is extremely beneficial for combating fatigue, stress and pain. Yoga exercises for seniors help with core strength and balance minimizing fall-related injuries. Yoga also helps alleviate various health issues and help seniors feel young and vital. Although you may not be able to do some of the various yoga poses, here are some that can improve your wellbeing and quality of life.

Pose for Relieving Low Back Pain

This pose stretches all the muscles in your lower back area.
1. Lie down with bent knees and feet on the floor.
2. Bring your right thigh to your chest and hug it.
3. Keep your left foot flexed and straighten it along the floor.
4. Make sure your pelvis and buttocks are flat on the floor.
5. Relax and breathe deeply.
6. Repeat on the other side.

Pose for Strengthening Mid-Back and Improving Posture

This pose improves strength and flexibility.
1. Sit up straight, on the floor, near a wall, lean back, and stretch your legs out in front of you. Keep a small rolled-up towel between the wall and your back.
2. Place your hands beside your hips with fingers pointing towards the toes.
3. Flex your thigh muscles. Keep pressing the thighs towards the floor.
4. Try and draw your groin muscles inwards.
5. Flex your feet.
6. Still staying upright, hold this position and breath easily for 10 seconds. (less if you cannot hold for 10)
7. Relax.

Pose for Improving the Heart

This pose is beneficial for the heart muscle.
1. Stand straight with your feet together.
2. Swing your arms to the side and over your head. Keep your palms facing inward and inhale while doing so.
3. Exhale and bend the knees. This pose is similar to how you look when you are about to sit on a chair.
4. Hold for approximately 1 minute.
5. Come back to original position and repeat.

There are many more yoga exercises for seniors. However, remember, the yoga poses you can do depend on your age, fitness level and physical abilities.

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