SYTT Exams

Attempts Allowed: 1

Passing Grade:      70%

No. of Questions:   55

Duration:                45 minutes


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



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


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



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.



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


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


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



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.


9. If possible, the participants can move onto the floor for some asanas including the shavasana at the end of the class. Those who cannot get down onto the floor should leave the class.


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


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



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



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


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


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


16. 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.


17. 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.



Contraindications for those with Hip Replacements. Do NOT:


19. Yoga that may improve swallowing muscles, are:


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


21. 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.



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.


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


24. 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.



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


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


27. 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).



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


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


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


31. 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.


32. 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.


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


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


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



If a person has very high blood pressure they should come out of an inverted asana, like down dog, slowly.


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


39. 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.


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


41. 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?


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



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


44. 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:



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


46. Why do we teach Yoga to Senior Citizens?


47. 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.


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



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.



Some Benefits of Yoga Nidra for the Elderly:


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


52. 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.


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


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


55. Teaching Yoga to seniors may be challenging because:


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


57. 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?



In the Seniors Yoga class, a good Yoga Teacher:


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


60. 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.





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