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Yoga is beneficial for people of all ages. Be it some for a teenager, or someone crossing their early 60s. Yoga provides a multitude of benefits to the mind, body, and soul. By practicing gentle yoga poses daily, you can stretch out sore muscles, soothe your nerves, and calm an agitated mind. 

Of course, for someone over the 60s, yoga poses need to be gentle, helping them retain their overall balance, and improve bone health. 

That is not all, as yoga is of the essence when you wish to retain proper joint flexibility.  For a quick and beginner workout, you can check our link here.

So, what should be the best gentle poses for people over 60? Let us check them out:

The Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

10 Simple Yoga Exercises to Stretch and Strengthen

source: https://www.verywellfit.com/simple-yoga-exercises-3567193

You can practice Tadasana for the sole purpose of correcting your pose. Moreover, it is one of the most simple yoga asanas in existence.

How to:

  • Stand upright, keeping your back and neck straight.
  • Make sure that your feet are apart by a few inches. 
  • Now, while inhaling deeply, raise your arms from both sides.
  • Interlock your fingers above your head, keeping your arms straight. 
  • Exhale deeply, after which you can raise your heels.
  • Maintain balance on your toes in this position for about 5-10 seconds. 


The Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Yoga Pose Of The Week: Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) | Mood boosting yoga, Yoga postures, Downward dog

source: https://in.pinterest.com/pin/58617232621833929/

The downward dog is exceptionally effective for improved joint flexibility in older people. 

And with proper practice, you can utilize this asana for overall flexibility. 

How to:

  • Start by resting your body over your palms and knees. 
  • Inhale while retaining this posture. 
  • Up next, exhale to straighten your knees.
  • Continue by perking your hips up, pushing your thighs back.
  • Raise your heels and straighten your leg and arms into a complete inverted-V pose.
  • Maintain this pose for about5-10 seconds before releasing. 


The Sphinx (Salamba Bhujangasana)

Benefits of Sphinx Pose – World Peace Yoga School

source: https://worldpeaceyogaschool.com/blog/benefits-of-sphinx-pose/

The Sphinx is a beginner-friendly pose, taking its name from the Giza limestone statue. And this is due to its gentle, back-arching pose. 

Additionally, the pose if great for strengthening the spine and toning abdominal muscles. 

How to:

  • You can start by lying face-down, with your legs slightly apart. 
  • Up next, bend your arm and place your elbows under your shoulders. 
  • Inhale and place your extended palms completely on the floor/mat.
  • Finally, exhale, and press your forearms to the floor, and lift your chest to face front. 

By practicing these daily, you shall notice a steady improvement in your mind, body, and soul during your 60s. 

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