Yoga for Vitality

Anti-Aging Yoga Poses

Many people enjoy yoga for its ability to help reduce stress, but did you know that yoga can help with the aging process?  Yoga takes various moves and blends them to help with circulation, balance, flexibility and strength. Plus, the deep breathing helps with meditation and stress reduction. Many of those who practice yoga consider it to be a “natural facelift”.

Vrksasana (Tree Pose)

In an equal standing posture, shift the majority of body weight into left leg and foot.

Bring hands to prayer position in front of chest.

Come onto toes of right foot and open right hip and leg.

You can keep right toes on the floor if you have an unsteady balance.

If stable, lift right foot off floor and place against the inside of left calf/thigh.

Take 5-7 breaths, slowly lower and repeat on the other side.

Tree Pose

Malasana (Squat Pose)

In an equal standing posture, have feet together and arms at sides.

Keep knees and feet together and sit back like you are going to sit on a chair.

Only go as far as you can to be balanced but challenge the muscles.

Make sure knees are behind toes and not moving forward.

Reach arms straight in front of you to help with balance.

Hold for 5-7 breaths.

Slowly come back to standing posture.

Repeat 3-5 times.

Squat Pose

Phalakasana (Plank Pose)

In an equal standing posture, step back 4-5 feet into a push-up position.

With middle finger pointing forward, spread fingers wide apart and press into palms with arms straight.

Tuck tailbone under to make sure legs, hips and torso are straight.

Press crown of head forward and with toes tucked, press the heels back.

Breath and hold for 3-5 breaths.

Bend knees to floor into child pose to release

Plank Pose

Parivrrta Sukhasana (Seated Twist)

Start in a comfortable cross-legged position with spine straight.

Inhale and sit up as straight as possible.

On exhale, twist gently to the right. Start movement from base of spine and allow energy to flow upwards.

When you move, place left hand on right knee and right hand behind for balance.

Move head last only as far as comfortable.

On each inhale, lengthen spine. You may move slightly out of twist.

On exhale, twist a bit more deeply.

3-5 inhale and exhale in this position.

Return to center on an inhale.

Repeat on left. Switch crossed legs first.

Seated Twist

Halasana (Plow Pose)

Lie on back with legs stretched out.

Arms face down at side of body.

Press palms down on mat.

When inhaling, use your core to bring legs overhead onto floor.

Hold for 5-7 breaths.

Lower legs to starting position.

Repeat 3-5 times.

Plow Pose
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