YOGA FOR SENIORS
I have been working with the aging population nearly all my life. My close relationship with my grandparents may have had something to do with it. At 11, I began volunteering in a nursing home and in college I studied social work and minored in gerontology. I’ve worked in nonprofit aging service organizations, adult day centers, retirement homes, and senior centers. As an active witness to our aging cohorts for 2 decades, my goal through yoga practice is to help seniors feel strong, independent, and at peace in their bodies as they age.
I offer chair yoga in retirement homes and senior centers. Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga which enables every body, including those in wheelchairs, to benefit from an asana practice. Chair yoga postures are adaptations from hatha yoga. Postures can be practiced both seated or standing.
Improve range of motion: as we age, activities become more difficult like reaching for something overhead or bending down to tie our shoe or pick something up. Movements in chair yoga can greatly help you maintain and improve your range of motion. Through movement of the joints, we can decrease their swelling and increase their functional mobility.
Build bone density: While yoga may not completely reverse bone loss, studies have shown that yoga can increase its density. Through gentle spinal movement, we strengthen our back muscles to help support and increase bone density and prevent spinal fractures.
Improve balance and coordination: Falling is a major cause of osteoporotic fractures. Postures practiced in yoga (seated or standing) engage and strengthen our stabilizing muscles which allow us to move more efficiently and with good biomechanics.
Contact me if you’d like chair yoga in your community!
I’m also available for private sessions and offer discounts for ages 65+