Beginning Yoga Poses For Seniors

Beginning Yoga Poses For Seniors

Clearing Space Joseph Campbell once said, “Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.” Since yoga is the practice of discovering and honoring your true self, it’s important to create a regular space in your home or office to practice yoga.

Choose somewhere that can be a refuge from the distractions of the outside world. Look for a place where you can find quiet, but also move easily. Then equip your space with the essentials of your practice: a mat, props, candle, or anything else that makes it comfortable and special. Add one thing that serves as a reminder that it’s a sacred space, such as a photo, a passage from a book, a framed quote, a trinket from a trip, or a gift from someone special. You will want to have a timer to use with meditation.

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SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Some special conditions may affect your practice. It’s best to be aware of these in advance.

Pregnancy. When pregnant, you’ll need to make adjustments for your changing body and shifting center of gravity. Practice open twists, to make room for your growing belly, instead of deep twists, such as Seated Spinal Twist Pose, that constrict the belly while pregnant. Also avoid lying down on your belly for backbends such as Locust Pose Pose while pregnant. Always tell your teacher that you’re pregnant before class begins so they can recommend modifications.

Menstruation. Traditionally women who were in what is called their “moon cycle” were told not to practice inversions, but this has been largely dismissed in modern yoga. I suggest calling on your intuition during menstruation. If you’re having pain or discomfort, more restorative yoga would be best. If you’re sluggish, inversions could actually be just the cure to lift your energy and mood! During this time, it is important to listen to your body.

Injury. If you have a serious injury, consult with your doctor before beginning an asana practice. Also, listen to your body. The idea of “no pain, no gain” doesn’t exist in yoga. When you are injured is not the time to push your body to its limits. Be gentle to your body and let it heal.

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