If you wish to venture into something new, then know for certain that it’s never too late. And that means, you can engage in yoga, even if you are over 50. Yoga is not just a system of exercises, it’ a way of life. If you want to start engaging in healthy practices for a better life, then yoga is where you must start. And the fact that yoga is suited for all imaginable body types and anyone of any age can do it makes it such a popular art across the world.
What more? Yoga doesn’t just offer physical benefits, but it also provides ample mental benefits. That is to say, people who do yoga regularly are less prone to problems such as depression, anxiety insomnia, etc. Besides, your mind stays in a state of ease at all times.
Now, let’s go deeper into the yoga poses meant for fifty-something women-
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)-
Kneel down on your hands and knees. Then keeping the hands and feet in place, try to raise your bum all the way up towards the roof. As you do this, try to push your head towards the knees. The final position should look like an inverted V. When you do this pose, make sure your feet are hip distance apart and your hands are shoulder distance apart. Try to focus your gaze around the navel area or the area between your thighs.
With the regular practice of this yogasana, you will have stronger hands, Achilles tendon, calves, hamstrings, lower back, wrists, etc. And by offering your shoulder girdle and back a lot of strength, this pose will ease out back pain.
Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)-
First, assume a seated position. And then stretch out your legs in such a way that they are together and in front of you. Make sure your back is as straight as it can get. Now, move your back as if you are leaning forward. And when you do so, you must see to it that the back is not getting rounded. Try to touch your feet with your hands. Maintain this position for some time.
This pose offers comfort to your mind by alleviating depression, and stress. Besides, your hamstrings, shoulders and spine get a stretch with this pose. Stimulation of the uterus, ovaries, kidneys and liver also takes place. This pose is perfect for women who get difficult periods. What more? Your anxiety, headaches, and fatigue go for a toss.
Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)-
The third pose i.e. the triangle pose gives a good stretching to the spine, chest, shoulders, calves, hamstrings, the back, obliques, abdominals, ankles, knees, and legs. Besides relieving stress, this pose stimulates the organs in the abdominal area.
To get into this pose, stand erect. Now, move your feet apart so that the legs form an inverted V. Next, turn your foot towards the right and stop when your current foot position makes an angle of 90 degrees to the older position. Now, move your left foot so that it is slightly angled inward. Raise your arms till they are parallel to the floor. Tilt your torso towards the right feet and stop when your right-hand touches the right foot or the floor. Make sure you are facing towards the ceiling. This is an amazing pose to stretch out the spine and the hamstrings.
Other poses that will help fifty plus women lead a healthy life include Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II), Tree Pose (Vrksasana), Revolved Triangle Pose (Parivritta Trikonasana), etc.
You can also try out Intense Side Stretch (Parsvottanasana), Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) and Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana).
So, do them on a regular basis and keep your body and mind fit.
About the Author
Devakar Sandhu is a yoga expert and trainer with ample interest in yoga teacher training India. He has been associated with Yoga for long. With an ardent desire to hand down his yogic wisdom to the trainees, he does set herself apart from other yoga instructors.