If you have never experienced the benefits of chair yoga for seniors, you’re in for a treat! Over the last couple of years, I’ve become addicted to this simple, yet powerful, practice. I hope that my passion for chair yoga encourages you to give it a shot!
Over the last few years, chair yoga has become increasingly popular with older adults. Perhaps it’s the fact that seated yoga offers the benefits of gentle yoga with the confidence that comes from having something to hold on to that makes it so appealing.
Hailey came to me distraught from a lack of sleep and constant hot flushes. Her doctor’s only recommendation was HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) but Hailey wanted to see if I had any natural recommendations she could explore first.
Years ago, I did yoga weekly, at a local yoga studio, but, it was such a hassle getting there in rush hour traffic. So, I started going less and less, always finding a good excuse to skip the session.
While it’s true that older adults derive deeper benefits from yoga for seniors the longer they practice, you don’t have to take years of classes to reap all of yoga’s many rewards.
“I’m a complete beginner to gentle yoga.” “I’m a total newbie.” “I’m a bit stiff and overweight.” “I’m a complete novice, with practically no strength or flexibility.” These are a few of the ways that women in the Sixty and Me community described themselves when I asked them if they were interested me producing a series of gentle yoga videos for older adults.
Women of our generation have a reputation for being willing to try new things. Through six decades of life, we have embraced new fashions, challenged the status quo and reinvented ourselves more times than we can count.
If you are curious about yoga for seniors, but, don’t know if it’s for you, my interview with Cat Kabira will definitely help. Over the last couple of years, yoga has increasingly become a part of my life. Thanks for Cat, I’m sleeping better, my body is less stiff and I have more energy. I hope that you enjoy the interview!
There are so many misconceptions about the benefits of yoga for older women. Some people believe that the goal of yoga is to “get flexible.” Others think that it is only for the young and fit. This last belief is particularly frustrating because the benefits of gentle yoga for older adults are greater than for any other group. After all, we have decades of stress stored in our bodies!