Yoga is an effective exercise method for preserving and enhancing our health. There are separate asanas for different health aspects. As we grow old, the organs lose their functionality, and so our metabolism suffers. Here, we are going to see how to use yoga asanas to preserve our health as we grow old, and what are the asanas to stimulate the internal organs.
Asanas for Strength – Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana (Dolphin Plank Pose):
Start from the tabletop position and stretch your legs out, so they are straight. Bring your arms underneath you, so your elbows are pressing on the floor. Push down on the floor with your forearms and raise your body. It must rest on the toes. Inhale and expand your chest. Open your shoulder blades and tighten your inner core. Hold the pose for a count of ten. Relax and go back to the tabletop position. Repeat 5-6 times.
Asanas for Flexibility – Uttana Shishosana (Extended Puppy Pose):
Start from the tabletop position. Walk your hands to the front so your head comes down to the floor. Relax your shoulders into the floor. Root the pads of your palm into the floor; roll your shoulders. Tighten your upper arms outward strengthen your core. Push your navel into your tailbone. Feel the deep stretch of your spine. Hold the pose for 5-6 breaths. Relax and come to the tabletop position. Do the exercise 4-5 times.
Asanas for Balance – Vrikshasana (Tree Pose):
Start from Tadasana or the Mountain Pose. Transfer your weight to the right foot and bend your left knee. Your arms remain raised in the mountain pose. Bring it to Salutation Pose by pressing the palms to each other. Raise the left foot and place on the right thigh. Tighten the inner core. Hold the pose for a count of ten. Relax and go back to Tadasana.
Asanas for Brain Power – Trataka (Yoga using candle flame):
Sit down in Padmasana or a chair in front of a lit candle. Look at the bright spot of the candle and then close your eyes. Imagine the picture in your mind. Hold it for one minute. Open your eyes. Move your eyeballs sideways. Do this 5-6 times. Then, rotate your eyes clockwise and next in the other direction.
Pranayama for Breath control:
These are helpful for stimulating the body and mind. Do Kapalbhati as it is the simplest and most effective. Sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and inhale a deep breath. When you exhale, tighten your stomach muscles, so the air gets forced out. Do this 5-6 times.
You can include asanas for digestion Ardha Matsyendrasana, Apanasana, and child pose. As already mentioned, there is the method of instruction, and you must do the asana only if your yoga instructor is present. If you get any pains or uneasiness while doing the yoga, stop doing the exercise and consult your teacher. Begin your exercise only if he gives the go-ahead. Do not practice yoga if you have any injuries or are menstruating. Also, people with low blood pressure must avoid it.