Yoga for Older Adults (Ageless Yoga)

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“As we get older we may lose flexibility, muscle mass and our sense of balance may become weaker. We may lose confidence in our physical abilities and assume these changes are inevitable. But they aren’t. I have conducted two research studies which have confirmed my belief that yoga can strength the body, improve balance, decrease falls and resulting injuries, and increase confidence and comfort within the body.” – Nancy Glenmore Tatum

Benefits of yoga practice for older adults include improved posture and more efficient breathing (thereby improving the health of all the systems of the body) as well as restoration and maintenance of normal mobility and a healthy range of motion in the spine and joints. With yoga you can improve balance and muscle tone, strengthen the body, develop flexibility of the spine and joints and improve cardiovascular functioning while having fun.

Ageless Gentle Yoga

Gentle yoga stretches, postures, breath awareness and relaxation improve flexibility, strength and energy. Designed for those recovering from injuries, illness, inactivity or other health considerations. Students in the same group class may practice postures differently, or a different pose may be substituted if more beneficial for a particular individual. Students will work toward transferring safely to and from the floor. Emphasis is placed on developing knowledge of healthy aging and body awareness to practice yoga safely.

Ageless Level 1

A balanced practice that incorporates basic yoga postures, breath awareness and relaxation. Postures are modified to meet individual needs. Students should be able to transfer safely to and from the floor. Classes generally include a vinyasa flow of standing poses, guided by breath, for 10-25 minutes of class time to increase stamina and strength. Students continue to develop body awareness keeping the joints safe, increasing range of motion and improving balance.

Ageless Levels 1 & 2

Builds from Ageless Level 1, incorporating new postures and increasingly challenging options. Alignment and form are developed through verbal and hands-on feedback. Classes generally include a vinyasa flow of standing poses, guided by breath, for 15-25 minutes. Classes may also incorporate core strengthening postures, basic back bends including camel and bridge, balance poses at the wall and away from the wall as well as inversions (supine with legs up wall), supported shoulder stand if appropriate, dolphin pose and half handstand. Students should be able to sit, kneel, be on abdomen or back and stand comfortably. Students will learn the names of the poses and be able to move into them with minimal verbal instruction. Relaxation segment may include a brief, guided meditation.

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