7 Yoga
Moves for Senior Citizens

One of the best things about yoga is that it is easy to do and can be done for a lifetime. Anyone from age 3 to 93 can do yoga. Yoga has become very popular among baby boomers and people who are now in their golden years.

Stand up straight with your big toes touching and your heels touching. Pull your stomach in and up, and let your shoulders fall back and down. Take five to eight deep breaths while putting your leg muscles to work.

1. Mountain Pose

Great for building leg and stomach strength. Good for older people to do to help them keep their balance and focus. It's fine for the leg on the inside standing leg to be lower. I tell my older students to start with Baby Tree or a chair.

2. Tree Pose

Good for strengthening your abs and back. As we age, the health of our spine is very important. Bird Dog is a great way to strengthen your back body and your back abs.

3. Bird Dog

Everyone should do this pose! Every day of Down Dogs keeps the doctor away. Excellent for joint health, flexibility, and building strength all over the body. I have seniors who have problems with their wrists do Forearm Downward Dog instead.

4. Downward Facing Dog

Great for building strength in the upper back and preventing forward head syndrome. I love having my seniors do extension to keep their hearts open and their upper backs strong.

5. Sphinx

Seniors can keep their hips open and get a foot massage by doing this. Sit up straight, bring the bottoms of your feet together, and open your knees to the sides.

6. Cobbler’s Pose

To finish, lie on your back and take a deep breath. Seniors need rest just like everyone else, and it's good for them to get used to letting go more often during the day.

7. Savasana

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