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10 Yoga Exercises for Seniors

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Warrior I Pose
The Warrior I pose increases leg and hip strength, which helps you maintain your balance.
The Warrior I pose increases leg and hip strength, which helps you maintain your balance.
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Many seniors worry about taking a spill that could cause a bone fracture, potentially changing their quality of life forever. Some yoga poses build up strength in your lower body to help you maintain your balance.

Warrior I is a pose that builds up power in your legs and hips. If you're new to yoga, you can perform Warrior I against a wall. As you progress in the pose, you'll eventually be able to do it on your own two feet.

  1. Face a wall and spread your legs so that one set of toes are touching the wall, and the other leg is stretched back, with toes pointed outward.
  2. Square your hips to face the wall and keep your torso upright.
  3. Stretch your arms out straight and slightly up so that they press against the wall, keeping your shoulders down.
  4. Exhale and bend your front knee until it's at nearly a right angle.
  5. Inhale as you come up.
  6. Repeat this twice before switching to the other leg.

Once you're strong enough, you can ditch the wall support and raise your arms above your head, palms facing inward.

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