Your impression (and frequent pop culture depictions) of yoga might generate images of fit young people performing painful-looking poses. However, older adults can significantly benefit from a wide variety of yoga styles, and it just might be the perfect addition to your fitness routine.
Yoga is not only mentally and physically refreshing and stimulating, but it also helps to maintain proper hormonal balance among many other benefits. Yoga is adaptable to practically any lifestyle and level of fitness. It is also possible to practice yoga at any age, making it an excellent activity for many years to come.
The simple yoga asanas, or poses, for older adults vary from standing and sitting to lying down. There are numerous asanas that older adults can perform with ease and minimal risk of pain or injury.
Below are several recommended yoga poses for older adults:
- Trikonasana is also known as Triangle Pose Asana, which is a popular yoga pose for senior citizens. It helps stimulates the muscles of the hip section. It also improves irregularity in blood pressure, aids in digestion, reduces anxiety, and strengthens ankles, knees, legs, chest, and arms.
- Read more about here to perform this pose here!
- Marjariasana, or the Cat Pose, is another relatively simple and beneficial yoga pose. This pose relaxes your brain, relieves back pain, and gives flexibility to the spine. It also activates digestive organs, burns belly fat, and builds strength in wrists and shoulders.
- Check out this blog to learn more about how to perform this pose.
- A great yoga asana for senior citizens is Shishuasana, also known as The Child Pose. It is an excellent reliever of back and spine pain. It also calms the nervous system and eases constipation.
- See how to perform the pose and learn more here.
- Shalabhasana, or the Locust Pose, is a popular yoga asana practiced by older adults because it improves digestion by toning the organs near the abdomen. It is also an excellent pose for strengthening back muscles, burning fat, and strengthening hips, legs, diaphragm, and wrists.
- Learn how to perform the pose yourself here!
As you can see, there are many different yoga poses to benefit older adults. Whether you are able to go to a local studio, or you prefer to practice in the comfort of your own home, consider grabbing a yoga mat and giving these poses a try. Yoga can be performed socially with professional instruction, or if you are comfortable with the poses, on your own. Consider online instructors or instructional videos to help you achieve the most from your exercise.
Let us know, what is your favorite yoga pose?
Want to learn more? Consider these other blog posts about yoga:
- 9 Benefits of Yoga for Older Adults: https://www.cantissimoseniorliving.com/csl-blog/9-benefits-of-yoga-older-adults
- How to Prepare for Your First Senior Yoga Class: https://www.cantissimoseniorliving.com/csl-blog/how-to-prepare-for-your-first-senior-yoga-class