Here are 5 yoga poses to keep the elderly in your home hale and hearty
Published on:20 June 2021, 10:00am IST
Age is no bar for yoga and that’s why even the elderly in your home can start with it. All they have to do is be a little cautious and take it slow.
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With ageing comes a string of maladies and problems, but for every problem, having medicines can’t be the solution. It’s great to adopt a holistic approach to tap into some of the problems. And did we tell you that some of these problems can also be solved with the power of yoga? That’s why, on the occasion of International Yoga Day, we’ve got you certain poses for the elderly, who are starting out on their yoga journey.
As you get older, your metabolism slows down and it is harder to keep the extra weight away. This can increase the risk of life-threatening diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Through simple yoga poses you can reduce joint stress, osteoarthritis, and other types of pain.
Yoga expert Grand Master Akshar suggests these five yoga asanas that help elderly maintain good and pain free years ahead:
Here’s how to do it:
Stand tall with your big toes and heels touching together.
Draw in your abdominals and relax your shoulders down and back.
Take 5-8 breaths, while actively engaging your leg muscles.
Asana relaxes and strengthens feet, ankle, and knee caps.
Lubricates knee caps.
Word of Advice
Avoid doing this asana, if you have a knee or ankle injury. Place a pillow on your calves in order to cushion your knees in case you are doing this on a yoga mat. You can even perform this asana on a bed or a cushioned surface.
The last words
“With age, there is a greater chance of Alzheimer’s disease, and research shows that these numbers double every five years after age 65. Yoga improves your balance, increases your lung capacity, muscle tone, strength, and flexibility. When you take to yoga regularly, you experience improved mood, better sleep, and stress alleviation,” conclude Grand Master Akshar.