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Anti-Ageing Yoga Postures

Anti-ageing yoga postures are for everybody – forget impossible contortions! There are hundreds of postures to choose from, so never feel that yoga isn’t for you, say yoga experts. Even laying or sitting with a straight spine and breathing slowly is yoga.

Stress is the #1 killer and it is medically proven that stress contributes to diabetes. Experts have chosen 10 basic anti-ageing yoga postures that can be done at home, which will help to…

  • Improve your posture
  • Increase mobility
  • Boost balance
  • Enhance sleep quality
  • Balance hormones
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Make you look and feel great!

How It Works

Anti-ageing yoga postures work with the breath to help align the body. Breathing slowly and completely through the nose while in a posture, deeply relaxes both body and mind, to help relieve stress and make the immune system stronger.

Yoga also massages and stimulates the internal organs to help your body eliminate toxins and function better, including improving your digestion and balancing hormone secretions.

The key to getting the most out of your yoga practice is to make sure you perform achievable postures that don’t force or hurt the body.

Lower Back Release

Lay on your back and gently draw both knees in towards your chest. Lightly hold onto the backs of your thighs or rest your arms lightly across your knees. If it feels comfortable, allow your body to rock gently from side to side. Remain here for 20 or more complete breaths.

Cobra

Lay on your front, position your hands either side of your shoulders. Gently push up through your hands, straighten arms and push chest off floor. Keep hips, legs and feet on floor. Hold for five seconds, then relax so that you are lying face down.

Semi Supine

Lay on your back, with your knees bent, the soles of your feet on the floor and your arms alongside your body. Breathe slowly for 20 or more complete breaths. Allow yourself to relax with each out breath.

Warrior

Stand with your feet leg length apart, turn your right foot out to point to the right. Lift your arms level with the shoulders, bend your right knee so that your knee remains over your right ankle and turn your head to look to the right. Stay here for five or more complete breaths. Repeat on other side.

Tree

Stand with a straight spine. If your balance is unsteady, stand with a wall in front of you for support. Make sure your weight is distributed evenly, then transfer all of your weight onto your left foot. Place the sole of your right foot against either your left inner thigh or calf, with the toes pointing down. Bring the palms of your hands together in a prayer position in front of your chest or above your head. Or lightly rest your hands on the wall in front of you. Hold for five or more complete breaths Repeat on other side.

Half-Extended Side Angle

From the Warrior posture (left), place your left forearm onto your left thigh, extend your right arm straight up and then reach the right arm towards the left so that there’s a diagonal line from the right hand to the right foot. Hold for five or more complete breaths. Repeat on other side.

Alternate Knee squeezes

Lay on your back with your arms and legs extended. When ready, draw your right knee in towards your chest and hold for 10 or more complete breaths. Repeat on other side. Work to relax with each out breath.

Spinal Twist

Sit on the floor, legs straight out in front of you. Bend right knee, place right foot on outside of left thigh. Bend left leg. Turn your torso to the right and place right hand on floor just behind bottom. Place left elbow on outside of right knee. Hold for 5 or more complex breaths. Repeat on otherside.

Cat

Begin on all fours, with your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Inhale and lift your chest and hips and curve your spine towards the ground, as you exhale reverse the movement and round your spine towards the ceiling, while drawing your tummy button towards the spine. Repeat for 10 or more complete breaths. Keep your lower back long and your neck in line with your spine.

Final Relaxation

Lay on your back with your arms alongside your body and your palms facing up. Breathe slowly for 30 or more complete breaths, working to release tension with each exhalation. Listen to your body and do not rush to progress. If you feel pain or discomfort, relax immediately.

These amazing yoga moves will improve your posture, balance and strength, while boosting your immune system and sleep quality.

E350 – Anti-Ageing Yoga Postures – www.diabetic.today

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