Senior Options: Gentle yoga you can do in your chair

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Let’s hear it for the earsFoods that could help fight the fluNew practice now open in IllawarraIF YOU like the idea of yoga,but don’t think your bodyhas a hope of bending ‘thatway’, then armchair yoga is agreat compromise.

Gentle: Armchair yoga is a great start to your day. You can do it in your favourite armchair or out in the garden. It’s great fun and healthy for you.

While yoga seems to havebeen around forever, overthe past few years it has undergone a makeover and arise in popularity.

If you worry about notbeing able to keep up withothers in a class, oryou couldn’t imagine tryingto get up off the floor after anhour of class, then the armchair awaits.

It is agentleformof yoga to suit beginners and once you have your daily routine down pat, youcan do your armchair yogaanywhere.

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Scope AccessWray Owen FuneralsMortgage FastrackDr Glenn & PartnersIlllawarra Performing Arts CentreInasmuch Lifestyle VillageMarco Polo Unanderra Care ServicesShelley HancockAustralian HearingFitwell FootwearShoalhaven Patios​Before you begin any newphysical activity check withyour doctor first, then get into the swing of it withthese stretches:

Cat and cow(spinalstretch)

Place your hands on yourknees and sit tall. Find aslight arch and exhale as youlower toward your thighs.

Inhale, rolling the spine upto come back to a tall seat.Repeat breath cycle 5 to 10times.

Seated turn

Move forward to sit nearthe edge of your chair. Spreadyour knees slightly widerthan your hips. Breathe in,growing tall, and place your left hand on your right knee.

As you exhale, twist to theright placing your right handon the seat behind you. Keepyour torso long as you lookpast your right shoulder.

Hold for 3-5 breaths andthen return to the centre. Repeat on the other side.

Shoulder stretch

Reach your right armabove your head, and bendyour elbow to bring yourpalm between your shoulderblades. Reach your left armout to the side, palm facingbehind you, and then drawthe back of your hand upyour back.

Let the hands find eachother, or hold onto a strap between your hands. Lengthenthrough the spine and relaxyour face and neck for 5 to 10even breaths.Release slowlyand reverse sides.

Hip stretch

Place your right foot onthe floor directly under yourright knee. Place your left ankle over your right knee, andflex your foot. Inhale as youlengthen through your lower back, and exhale leaningforward slightly toward yourlegs.Continue to relax yourshoulders and breathe deeply for 5 to 10 breaths.

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