Yoga Breathing Techniques For Seniors

Submitted by debabrat on January 29, 2013

Aging is a phase in which an individual has more time for oneself, family, for rest, recreation and relaxation. Then again, it is a time when a person is is more prone to certain old age related disorders. These include Arthritis, rheumatism, incontinence, and hypertension. This increases the need for the aged to remain healthy and strong at this stage. Although the deterioration of the body also places certain boundaries on the sort of work outs they can indulge in.

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This necessitates the practice of gentler workout regimens, like jogging, quick walks, and even Yoga.

Yoga is the type of exercise that adjusts to individual needs and aptitudes. Hence, it can be practised even by older people and Pregnant Women.


It manages one’s whole being, makes the body fitter, the mind tranquil and more relaxed. Yoga is also a great in preventing and controlling day-to-day health and psychosomatic disorders connected to old age. It helps you in becoming more in touch with yourself and your body enabling you to accept who you are and the state you are in which creates a positive approach in life.

Certain Yoga poses (asanas) are designed to regularize blood pressure and balance the nervous system and are vital to preventing cardio-vascular ailments and disorders of the nervous system. Pranayama makes one feel refreshed and purifies the air passages. This definitely helps ward off and even heal respiratory ailments.

Yoga Session for the Elderly

  • Kapalabhati
  • Seated Poses – Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
  • Warm-Up Poses – Cat Pose (Bidalasana)
  • Backbends – Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
  • Supine Poses - Double Leg Raise
  • Twist Yoga Poses – Half Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
  • Backbends – Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
  • Supine Poses - Wind Relieving Pose (Pavanamuktasana)
  • Yoga Exercise - Corpse Pose (Shavasana)

Still, while doing Yoga asanas and pranayamas pay attention your body. Always respect its limits. It is never good to push oneself too hard in an asana or at breathing exercises. Yoga can only benefit you if done properly.

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