If you think that your cranky parents are making you go crazy, then it’s time for you to help them out. With age, there are so many problems that creep into your parents’ life. Diabetes, stress, menopause, hypertension, depression, there can be anything responsible for their restlessness. But to tackle these troubles, there is one simple solution and that is yoga!
Whether your parents are working or not – it just doesn’t matter, because their age makes them a little grouchy. Also, amidst their hectic schedule of parenting and running a household, they hardly get any time to relax.
But when it comes to yoga, even taking out 30 to 40 minutes in a day can help them in a big way. They can do simple yoga poses that can enhance their physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being.
Relax with these 5 yoga poses
According to yoga expert Grand Master Akshar, yoga is a holistic science that offers the benefits of living in the moment. There can be no greater factor for a calm and relaxed mind than to remain fully present in the moment.
“As parents, it is vital for them to become aware of their own needs through the practice of yoga. Yoga has a positive impact on their life, which they can then transmit to their entire family being a guardian. Through asanas, yoga takes care of your parents physical health, adding strength and flexibility to their body. Yoga can bring about mental and emotional well-being that keeps them calm in the face of even the fiercest storms that life may bring,” advises Grand Master Akshar.
Here are five yoga poses that you can ask your parents to practice daily, in order for them to feel relaxed
Sit down on a yoga mat or on the bed in an upright position. Then, stretch out both legs forward in the dandasana pose. Fold and cross your legs, placing your palms on the knees. Form siddha mudra with your hands and ensure you maintain a straight spine.
Who should avoid? Do not let your parents practice this pose, if there is any pain in the lower spine or sciatica. In case, they have any severe knee injuries, refrain from practicing this asana.
Gently drop your knees and palms down to form a table top position. Align your palms under your shoulders and knees under your hips. From here, lift your knees off the floor gripping the floor or mat with your toes. Try to keep the knees and elbows straight.
Who should avoid? Do not let your parents practice the full version of the pose, if you have carpal tunnel syndrome — practice the pose with your knees on the floor. Those with osteoporosis should also avoid practicing the plank pose.
Stand up straight with your feet together, have your big toes next to each other. Draw your abdominals in, and relax your shoulders. Breathe 5-8 times, while actively engaging your leg muscles. This is a great pose for seniors to keep their postures tall and strong.
Who should avoid? While this pose can be done by all, avoid if they experience vertigo. Ask them to try to balance their body weight equally on both feet, without leaning onto one.
4. Adomukhi svanasana
Gently drop your knees and palms down to form table top position. Align your palms under your shoulders and knees under your hips. From here, lift your knees off the floor to form an inverted ‘V’ shape. With hands placed shoulder- width apart, point your fingers ahead. Keep your focus on your big toes.
Who should avoid? Your parents should avoid this posture if they are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and/or diarrhea. In case of high blood pressure or headache, they should go slow. In case of chronic or recent injury to the arms, hips, shoulders, and back avoid this.
Slowly come down on your knees on a soft surface. Here, lean back and sit your pelvis on your heels, and curl your toes outward. Keep your heels close to each other. Slowly close your eyes and straighten the back. Place your palms on your knees facing upward.
Who should avoid? Ask your parents to avoid this pose in case of knee pain.