1. Yoga is able to help for prolapsed pelvic organs and may help reduce or eliminate bladder incontinence.



Before starting a Yoga class with the Yoga Teacher, all Seniors must complete and Indemnity Form that includes an emergency contact person.



The only way for the Yoga Teacher to plan Seniors Yoga classes is to choose an ailment each week and plan the class around that.


4. With advancing age, the bones lose density and undergo decalcification and demineralisation, skeletal muscles also weaken. Consequently, older people often:



Mental problems like mild anxiety or depression in the elderly, may benefit from a regular weekly yoga class designed specifically for them.


6. Stress and other negative emotions contribute to lowered immune system functioning, therefore yoga is of benefit to reduce stress by meditation, deep relaxation, pranayama techniques which are calming, and gentle yoga practice. Performing yoga and meditating reduces stress hormones and inflammation in the body, bolstering the immune system and preventing disease.  Is this entire statement true?


7. When teaching Yoga to Seniors, we do not have to follow the normal Yoga class structure, which progresses through the koshas from the annamaya kosha to anandamaya kosha.


8. Affirmations are short positive statements used to reset the mind. When teaching yoga to older people it is no good using these statements as the minds of the elderly cannot be changed.



It is important to include long breath retentions after the inhalation, to help older people reduce their high blood pressure.


10. In once-weekly yoga classes for a specific group of participants, the Pawanmukhtasana series is appropriate for:


11. Yoga Nidra in the asana of shavasana brings balance to all the koshas of the practitioner.


12. Teaching Yoga to seniors may be challenging because:


13. When starting Yoga classes for Seniors Citizens (over 60 years) it is important to take into consideration that most of the attendees may have physical problems of some sort. It is therefore beneficial to have their completed intake form before their first class. This is so the Yoga Teacher can adapt the class.


14. Older people may not practice yoga in classes with those younger than themselves, as they may incur injuries.



As the Yoga Teacher you must insist that a senior with low blood pressure drinks a large glass of water in the yoga class before yoga starts. This is because dehydration often causes low blood pressure.


16. Choose correct answer. Benefits of Yoga classes for Senior Citizens:


17. Osteoporosis is a condition that results in weakened connective tissue around the joints.


18. Teaching modified versions of Utkatasana (chair pose) is good for


19. For someone in your Yoga class, who shares with you that she has bladder incontinence it is best to advise her to include the following into her homework practice:


20. In seniors, pranayama practices that exclude breath retention may improve:



In the Seniors Yoga class, a good Yoga Teacher:


22. It is good to teach a few of the same postures in the Seniors class each week so that the participants get to know them, and their body can adjust to them.


23. Breathing exercises as we do in yoga are very beneficial and some pranayama should be included in each class you teach. These exercises must be adapted, limited or avoided if there is an infection, or acute respiratory illness.


24. Why do we teach Yoga to Senior Citizens?


25. As a Yoga Teacher teaching older people, it is unfortunate that you cannot help them to improve their sight, as there are no exercises for this in yoga.


26. Appropriate Pranayama practice for the aged may help for:


27. Older people become less flexible in their bodies, because:



Chronic stress may lead to physical problems, and it also affects the mental and cognitive functioning in the older adult. This may lead to short memory problems.


29. Adaptations of posture while lying on the floor, for Yoga Nidra include:



Some Benefits of Yoga Nidra for the Elderly:


31. A newcomer to your Seniors Yoga class arrives unexpectedly with a “walker”. You accept her into the class and:


32. Eye exercises, inverted postures and forward bending postures are beneficial for macular degeneration in the elderly.



Contraindications for those with Hip Replacements. Do NOT:


34. It is not appropriate to include mentioning the Yamas and Niyamas to Seniors during the Yoga class you teach as they are too old to learn anything new, and are set in their ways so will not change.


35. Meditation is most important in the third phase of life only.



If someone has acute rheumatoid arthritis flare up inflammation, it is best for her to practice:



A great way to prevent falls is by maintaining physical activity to strengthen muscles and joints. Yoga postures that focus on balance and strength of the gluteus and quadriceps muscles are particularly effective at reducing the risks of falling.


38. During pranayama practice in the Seniors Yoga classes, it is important:


39. In the elderly, Yoga has been shown to improve balance, body awareness and concentration, thereby reducing falls and fractures.


40. The Yoga Teacher should allow the Seniors to take adequate rest intervals between postures.



Yoga is known for improving blood circulation in general. This is achieved in seniors by including:


42. Using a chair in the Yoga classes for Seniors, has many benefits, such as providing:



It is good to use popular songs and tunes from the 1950s and 1960s throughout the Yoga class for Seniors.


44. Although in Ayurveda aging is considered as a time of increasing vata dosha, which drives the other doshas, older people may manifest symptoms according to their Prakriti (predominant constitution).


45. To enable the seniors to benefit most from Yoga Nidra you advise them to:


46. Visualisation practices while in shavasana at the end of class may improve the sensory organs.



Older people with heart problems should only have a bolster under their knees when relaxing in shavasana.


48. If the classes take place at a religious Seniors Centre or Home it is not appropriate to mention their beliefs in the Yoga class, because Yoga is of the Hindu tradition.


49. Yoga that may improve swallowing muscles, are:


50. In the elderly, biologic age and chronologic are the same thing, just using different wording.



Yoga postures that include movement of the spine, like cat and cow, may improve cognitive function by moving the cerebral spinal fluid around the spine and brain.


52. The Seniors Yoga Teacher should include many dynamic asanas rather than holding asanas for long periods of time.



A senior with high blood pressure, in your yoga class, should completely avoid:


54. When teaching yoga to older people, who have the possibility of weakening bones, it is essential to include weight bearing exercises like holding half kilogram dumbbell weights for some of the dynamic asanas.


55. If you are teaching Chair Yoga to a group of elderly in the dining room, at an old age home, will you insist that they remove their shoes?


56. To help balance the increasing vata dosha in the elderly, the yoga below may help:


57. When teaching yoga to the elderly it means they will always require chairs in the classes.


58. Good pranayama practices to teach in the early classes are:


59. A separate class specifically for Seniors, is advisable because there are general precautions for this age group of people, such as:


60. A stiff older person will never become more flexible by doing Yoga.


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