I have Stage 3 Osteoarthritis of the knees. I have great difficulty getting up from and down to the floor...much pain. Is there another way I can perform some of these yoga poses and not be on the floor? I think your website is terrific. Easy to get around and easy to find answers. And I appreciate your having a section for the elderly. Thank you for your response.
These Yogic exercises schedule is good for aged people. But if you have osteoarthritis at knee joints then please go through the following link to know more about the special exercises to manage your knee pain. Thanks
Wish you good luck
The Article “Yoga Session for The Elderly” is really good for the elderly people to follow. Instruction is very clear and anyone can follow this schedule. However, I would like to add one more effective Yogic Breathing for the elderly. That is Nadi-Suddhi or Alternate Nostril Breathing.
Nadi Suddhi or Alternate Nostril Breathing
Sit in any steady and comfortable posture with back straight, eyes closed and hands on knees. With the right thumb, close the right nostril and slowly inhale through the left without making any sound for as long as you can with comfort. After complete inhalation, close the left nostril with the ring and little fingers and exhale very slowly taking a longer period of time through the right. The duration of exhalation will be double that of inhalation. After complete exhalation, inhale through the right nostril and exhale through the left. This is one round. Practice this for 5 – 10 rounds.
This is helpful but I must advise you that the British Wheel of Yoga consider double leg lifts to be unsafe because the can injure the back. So elderly people in particular should only do one leg at a time or bend the knees on ascent and descent.
Yours in yoga
I am curious about the Yoga tradition from which the author is writing! Does anyone know?As one who instructs seniors, I think it is important to distinguish between teaching people in their 70s vs. people in their 90's, although of course there will be a range of abilities in each group. My opinion on Kapalabhati is that it would need to be done VERY gently with seniors. I would not do it at all with my 80-95 year old group.I am also wary of forward bends , including apanasana with spinal rounding for seniors, as well as twists, as both can be harmful to those with osteoporosis.
I am currently taking care of a 91-year old woman who is very interested in improving her mobility and would like to try exercise of any kind. I would be interested in someone experienced with instructing the elderly in yoga contacting me at email@example.com. thank you very much-;lori ruth
Thanks for a very informative article. As people age, exercise becomes more important even as it becomes more challenging. Yoga is a fantastic exercise for older adults for many important reasons, as you have pointed out.
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Very helpful article. I can never remember all the different types of yoga and this post offered a clear and understandable description.
Thank you very much for posting this series. It is just right!
I go to Assisted living in my little town and try and help- the seniors there exercise. Wondering a yoga movements they can do sitting in a chair.
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I am 65 years old suffering from hernia,prostate enlargement and skin irritation.kindly advise me which exercises should I DO AND WHICH EXERCISES SHOULD i avoid.
I am an elderly person of 74 years. I got a medical check up recently and they revealed I am having two blood blocks in the nerves and I should go for a by pass operation.But I was told there are Yoga exercises and no need to go for by pass operations. Kindly send me some pictures of exercise mode so that I could do it.
Your kind assistance in this regard would be highly appreciated.
I am a Service Coordinator for a senior apartment complex and I have a few residents that are looking for a fitness program; do you know how to find a instructor who will come out to our site? They are low income so it can''t cost an arm and a leg either. I would love any feed back you can give. Thanks
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Hi Dawn! Where is the senior living facility located?
I have been told I have bone on bone in my right shoulder, I cannot do push ups and have limited range of motion. What poses can I do to increase my range of motion. Also, what other things can I do with yoga to may be avoid arm and shoulder use?
I''ve been saying lately ... I''d go to a yoga class but they go too fast. Too many poses I can''t do. Thanks for this!
Craig, one pose that you could try, if it''s not too painful or challenging is Phalakasana. Another good one to work shoulder stability, even though it''s more challenging is Chatturanga dandasana. You should be able to google them. Hope this helps
I thik yoga is a wonderful exercise for the body and mind.
where i can take teacher certification for senior.