Thank you all! I will google those suggestions and Bless you for them! Shrlz, god knows, I can't 'get her' to do anything she doesn't want to do but she doesn't seem to be 'happy' doing anything in particular, kwim? I think she is more bored due to her restricted movement/arthritis.. I thought maybe if I could get her movements more fluid and less painful she'd be more likely to FIND some things she enjoys. She plays cards once in awhile at her church but she can't sit up due to back pain for as long as they'd like her to be able to make up the 4-some. I'll try to find some stuff to inspire her to move and check the google suggestions too! THANK YOU ALL!!!
I teach "50+" yoga that ranges from a regular hatha yoga class if the people who show up are pretty fit, to chair yoga if the folks with mobility issues - including walkers and wheelchairs - show up. When we do a chair routine, the more able-bodied always express surprise that they got a good workout as well!
"ageless yoga" is another good search term that might bring up some different dvds than "chair yoga".
If you are coaching your mother yourself, I'd suggest keeping alignment tips to a minimum, unless she enjoys it -- more important to keep her moving and keep her happy.
Remember, yoga is for life, not life for yoga. If yoga is a good way for you and your mom to connect, wonderful! otherwise, spend your time with her playing mah jong or whatever she likes to do so that you have some happy times with her.
Yoga is not 'really' so much about alignment, or even health... imho the most 'important' yoga is finding balance and creating love.
I don't know of any Yoga places for your mother; however, she may greatly benefit from Tai Chi. It lubricates the joints, helps with movement, is done in standing or seated (on a chair) positions and is said to build the immune system. A few years back, I was able to take classes FREE thru Blue Cross/ Blue Sheild. Perhaps you could check with her insurance provider or local adult activity centers. Good Luck to you both.
Could anyone help me with helping my elderly mom? I'm a novice and we are in a very rural area without resources or an actual place I could take her for instruction.
I'd like to help TRY to introduce her to some basic yoga but she is already in pretty bad shape, 80 years old, replaced knee, back problems (over weight) She can't sit on the floor and/or get back up if she finds herself there.
She 'toddles' along when she walks (she can still walk, just not very steadily sometimes).
I can clearly SEE how some of my back and hip problems, etc, could advance into hers and yoga always helps me keep those pains at bay.....but I don't know how to suggest at her stage anything that may start to gently help her.
She is of the mindset that if something feels strange it hurts her and I can't really communicate 'form' to her and it's importance to maintain while doing poses.....is there anything I could suggest to ease someone with so many problems and at her age , into yoga??
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