In addition to the physical and mental benefits, yoga provides a sense of belonging and community. One of the populations where we have seen these benefits is when offer Yoga for Seniors.
“This particular site started as a residence for Russian seniors. One of the first things I noticed was that all of my students, regardless of nationality, began to look out for each other. They took interest in what was going on with their fellow yogis, despite nationality. I have called it my mini-UN because the population is so diverse!” – Sarah Humphries (PYR Ambassador at Marywood)
Project Yoga Richmond has offered Yoga for Seniors since 2012, and we currently offer programs at Marywood Senior Apartments with Sarah Humphries (PYR Ambassador) and Senior Center East at Peter Paul Development Center with Twylah Ekko (PYR Ambassador).
Benefits of Yoga for Seniors
- Sense of belonging and community
- Improvements in mobility, overall health, and emotional well-being
- Increased confidence, independence, agency, and creativity
- Increased mobility, strength, and balance
What are some elements of our Yoga for Seniors classes?
- Similar sequences each week
- Low impact, gentle movement using the support of the chair; balancing poses using the support of the chair (if needed);
- Breathing techniques and meditation
- Physical sequences are similar from week to week
- Senior Center EAST has a devotional at the end of class
Unroll your mat with us at our pay-what-you-can studio and Saturday Salutations at the VMFA on August 5 as we highlight Yoga for Seniors.Support our outreach programs by paying-what-you-can when you sign up for this event! And know that anytime you pay-what-you-can for class at our studio 7-days a week, you are supporting outreach like this!
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