Yoga isn’t just for the young and energetic. With a little know-how, we can all benefit from its concentration, balance, and ability to calm.
Aging is not all fun and games. Along with health challenges, sleep disturbances and changes in our appearance, we must mentally and emotionally cope with the process. Therefore, when so much is out of our control, yoga can help us regain some stability and agility.
Try these five, calming poses that slow us down in a world that’s speeding ahead. But as always, consult with your doctor before trying any new exercise regime. He or she will best direct you to what types of exercises are beneficial for any health conditions you may have.
- The mountain pose (illustrated in the above photo) is a great start for beginners and foundational to most yoga routines. Stand with your feet together– big toes touching and heels together. Stand straight and tall and breath deeply three times. This pose helps our aging posture.
- The tree pose (pictured below) is great for balance and concentration. Feel free to use a chair to help balance and placing your foot lower on the inner leg is ok too. Hold this pose seven or eight breaths.
- The bird dog helps to stretch our spines. Start on hands and knees. Stretch one arm forward and the opposite leg back. Keep your back straight and hold in your abdomen. Breath deeply, just once, then return to hands and knees. Next, stretch the other arm and leg.
- The downward facing dog stretches the spine, buttocks, and back of the legs. Begin on hands and knees. Dig in your toes and slowly push your hips and buttocks up toward the ceiling until your body forms the shape of a triangle. Breath deeply five times then lower and rise again two more times.
- The savasana is a simple finish that relaxes mind and muscles. Lay on your back and allow your body weight to sink into the floor. Breath deeply for five counts.
Starting Your Day With Yoga
Before we dash out to walk the dog, run errands or work in our gardens, we should take a few moments to consider our inner-wellbeing and to warm up your muscles.
A great way to do that is with Yoga. It brings a greater sense of control inside and out and helps to keep our bodies strong.
In addition, your grandkids may love to join you with these poses and create a few of their own. However, if you’re going to sit with some of them throughout the day, you’ll want to enjoy your personal yoga routine before they arrive.
Finally, add more difficult poses as you build strength because aging isn’t going to get you down– it’s going to give you a chance to show your strength.