While ageing may be a normal life process, it isn’t the easiest for many to embrace, since it involves many physiological changes like weaker bones, slower movement, and less flexibility. However, you shouldn’t let these natural developments hinder you from being active.
No matter your age, it’s always important to take care of your body. One of the best ways to do this and lead a holistic and healthy lifestyle is to incorporate adaptive yoga into your routine.
Why Should Seniors Practice Adaptive Yoga?
There’s no need to fret about yoga’s physical demands, as adaptive yoga allows seniors to practice this discipline at their own pace and flow. As we’ve previously shared on
‘7 Interesting Ways to Add Fun to Your Retirement Years‘, seniors should practice exercise and meditation, since they’re extremely beneficial for their wellbeing. Adaptive yoga is a perfect way to accomplish both of these, as it adjusts different aspects of yoga so that you can feel comfortable practising this meditative exercise. And the open space at Ashiana’s Senior Living is a perfect spot for seniors to practise yoga together, since it builds a sense of community amidst the beautiful fresh air.
Aside from the yoga classes, Ashiana also offers meditation classes, Satsang sessions, and pujas. What better way to practice this and more than with peers whom you can relate with in peaceful surroundings?
Since yoga is a combination of strength poses, stretching, and breathing exercises, it’s best for seniors to start slow to help you find your footing. After all, slow and steady wins the race. With this in mind, here are some of the most effective yoga poses for seniors to start with:
Tadasana or Mountain Pose: As the foundation of standing yoga poses, this is a great way to practice your balance without exerting too much stress. This pose helps improves your back posture as it keeps you focused on staying grounded.
Vriksasana or Tree Pose: Although this one requires more effort than the mountain pose — as you’ll be placing one foot on the opposite inner thigh — it helps increase hip mobility.
Sukhasana or Easy Pose: Wellness writer Beth Orenstein notes that this is an ideal pose for beginners, as it only requires you to sit straight with your legs crossed, palms up, and eyes closed. In turn, you’ll feel a sense of alignment and relaxation.
Balasana or Child’s Pose: With your knees bent and head faced down, holding this pose for one to three minutes is a soothing way to release tension in your upper body area.
Growing up with her grandparents, always had a soft spot for the elderly. Aside from being a freelance writer and a weekend volunteer in a senior living community, she's an aspiring yoga practitioner who's constantly embracing the uplifting mindfulness it brings to her life.