Yoga is great for the body for a number of reasons. It lowers stress levels, eases muscle tension, and promotes flexibility. For seniors who want to sleep better, yoga can be of particular use. Here are some very doable poses from El Dorado County caregivers you can share with your senior loved one that will help him or her sleep through the night.
1. Child’s pose
Child’s pose is a common pose in almost all yoga classes. To do it, lay your torso over your folded legs on the ground, and place your arms either by your side or extended in front of your head, which should be laying with the forehead facing down. This particular pose eases tension throughout the body and calms the mind.
2. Standing Forward Pose
Stand straight, or with your knees slightly bent, and fold your body forward, bending the top half in front of your legs. Let your arms rest forward or grab your elbows with your hands and hang heavy. Hold this pose for about 30 seconds. This pose can help lower stress levels and relieve mild insomnia.
3. Butterfly Pose
Sitting on the ground, bring the soles of your feet together and splay your knees out in the shape of a diamond. To create more or less pressure you can pull your feet closer to the body or push them farther out. You can also use your hands to apply light pressure to the knees. This pose limbers up the legs and prepares the body for good rest.
These poses are all known to help relax the body and prepare it for sleep. Because they are all very gentle and light, they’re easy for seniors of all ability levels to do. To learn more about senior health, reach out to Home Care Assistance. As a trusted provider of elder care in El Dorado County, we make senior wellness our top priority. Our care services are available on an hourly or live-in basis, all of our caregivers are expertly trained, and we never require clients to sign long-term contracts. For more information, call (916) 358-3801 today.