10 Yoga Exercises for Seniors

Downward-facing Dog Pose

Another health issue women have to deal with is menopause. You might be lucky enough to not experience many symptoms, but then again, you may have to deal with insomnia, irritability and hot flashes.

One yoga pose that can help you keep your cool is Downward-facing Dog. Here's how to do this inverted pose:

  1. Start on your hands and knees, with your knees directly below your hips and your hands a little in front of your shoulders.
  2. Exhale and push up onto your hands and feet, with your hips in the air. Your body will make a triangle with the floor with your legs straight, your knees not locked and your heels reaching toward the floor.
  3. Keep your palms flat, your fingers spread apart and your shoulders broad. Your head should be in line with your spine.
  4. Inhale and exhale in this pose for up to three minutes.

You can also do this pose with one leg in the air. If you can't bend over all the way, place a chair against a wall and bend into a V shape, using the chair to support your hands.

Other great poses to deal with menopause include Legs-up-the-wall and Extended Triangle pose. In general, standing poses also do wonders to combat irritability.

When some women have menopause, they also get insomnia. Read on to discover a pose that can help you sleep better.