Senior citizens usually have to cope with health issue and emotional problems, especially those living far away from children. For those, sports are the gateway for better physical health and improve the feeling of happiness and wellbeing. And, obviously, the options are virtually endless; however, we recommend YOGA for senior, especially senior couples.
Yoga is great for improving flexibility of bones, muscles of the whole body, helps seniors to have better sleep. It also encourages mindfulness, which in turn allows for deeper emotional connection between couples. In addition, it’s easy to practice anywhere—even at home—the only thing you need is a yoga mat.
In this article, we will introduce 3 beginner yoga poses for senior couples to begin their journey of connection. Just remember to listen to your body and don’t stress yourselves too much.
- Partner breathing
This pose is a great way to start your practice. It is gentle and helps open your heart and your mind. Start in a seated position with your legs crossed, your hands put on your thighs or knees and your backs against each other. Begin to inhale and exhale while feeling the present of your partner. Practice for three minutes or 15 times.
- Back Twist
This pose helps cleanse your body and assist the detoxifying process.
From the previous breathing pose, inhale and put your arms over your head trying to reach as high as possible to lengthening the spine. Then, exhale and twist to the right side, bring your right hand to touch your partner’s left knee. Hold for 30 seconds, then exhale. Do the same with the opposite side for three minutes or 15 times.
This pose helps open your shoulders and chest at the same time, setting the deeper connection with your partner. Start in the standing position and facing each other, then inhale and put your two arms over your head then begin to fold your body forward until your hands, forearms and elbows meet with your partner’s. Hold the position in 30 seconds then release. Repeat in three minutes or 15 times.