Basic Yoga Poses
(Yoga for Seniors)
Welcome to Basic Yoga Poses (Yoga for Seniors). If you are just beginning yoga I am delighted to share with you a few easy yoga poses demonstrated by my beloved students (some attended 5 times a week for 15 years). May you be inspired by their joyful efforts in these hatha yoga poses on this page, and throughout my 'Doing a 360' web-site.
If you are not able to get down easily on the floor, "on the mat," as we say...then perhaps some easy yoga poses done sitting in a chair would be more appropriate for you at this time. Yoga is about tuning in and making choices. So...
You may choose to click the button to your left that says Yoga for Seniors if you really want to be amazed by the many wonderful yogis and yoginis I have taught over the years. By the way, see that yoga towel in this photo? I created it back in the early 90's. Yes, I am an artist (of sorts) as well as a vajra yogini. Well, that's another story...you'll have to come back and visit with me again for more details.
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Yoga for Seniors: 360 Hatha Yoga Poses
Now that I've received an invitation to join AARP myself, I am more seasoned in my practice since beginning yoga in 1973 at age 16. I gave my first lecture and demonstration the following year, and starting teaching the hatha yoga poses at 19--and never looked back. That was more than 30 years ago.
Beginning yoga is a powerful portal to the Soul, whether you do hatha yoga poses in a chair or on the mat--it doesn't matter. You will receive the many radiant benefits of this ancient healing discipline that is dear to my heart of hearts (Soul). You may wish to click here to learn more about my style of 360 Yoga that I developed in 2006.
360 Hatha Yoga Poses ... Attunement to the Soul-Spirit
Basic Yoga Poses (Yoga for Seniors)
- Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
- Corpse Pose (Savasana)(Relaxation)
- Legs Up The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)
- Cat Pose (Bidalasana) or "Wheel" (Cakravakasana)
- Down Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Beginning Yoga - Easy Yoga Poses
Okay, so let's get started. One of the easy yoga poses (which are called asanas) is appropriately named Easy Pose, or Sukhasana. Sukha is Sanskrit for easy; asana means seat or pose/position.
Easy Pose (Sukhasana) Here we see Yogini Ethel with legs crossed sitting on a folded and rolled up towel which is placed under her at the back of her buttocks. This prop will assist until more flexibility is achieved in the hips and legs. Her back is straight with hands on knees. Usually we end a yoga session sitting up into this beginning yoga pose after lying in deep yogic relaxation.
Corpse Pose (Savasana)(Relaxation) & Legs Up The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani) You know how to lie down on your back. Imagine that Yogini Muriel here in this photo had her legs on the floor...that would illustrate the Corpse Pose.
Here's a variation of the Corpse, Savasana, pronounced 'sh' avasana, with legs up on the wall. It actually has its own name, Viparita Karani, and it is very soothing, calming and restful to the system.
A cushion (pillow, folded blankets) is used under the seat to support the back. Breath is soft, rhythmic and sweet.
Cat Pose (Bidalasana) This photo of Yogini Irene is certainly not illustrating the beginning yoga pose of the Cat. However, this is one of the nice and basic yoga poses to help older adults to strengthen their (core) abdominal, and back muscles while working on their balance. I call it the Table Top Pose.
When you are beginning yoga start on all fours with everything 'square'...meaning lined up. Then you round your spine gently with head down like a kitty cat stretching its back. As you reverse this gentle and conscious slow movement, the head comes up and the belly droops. You practice this series of movement a few times learning to coordinate your breath--which is very important.
Down Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Yogini Claire demonstrates one of the most popular basic yoga poses today, Downward Facing Dog, Adho Mukha Svanasana. A brand new beginning yoga student in her 70's (shh...we won't tell her exact age) she practiced diligently. Instead of the advanced Headstand, this is one of the more easy yoga poses in programs taught like Yoga for Seniors that brings energy to the head.
These few basic yoga poses are a great start. There are so many more...this is just a little taste of some beginning yoga asanas, easy yoga poses (positions) that are a portal to the Soul. If you have a question you may choose to write to me. As a midlife spiritual coach for 30+ years I am here to assist you. Blessings to you and your family.
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