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Yoga for seniors - is it safe?
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Hi Edward,

Glad you posted. For the most part I agree with what you say, but want to mention a few viewpoints as food for thought. I agree that a competent teacher can adjust, demonstrate modifications, and teach the correct use of props, including chairs to accomodate all participants. But what if I paid a king's ransom at a hot yoga teacher training to learn 26 asanas? As you know, there are styles that teach only how to work with people who don't need props at all. They insist all props are for the old and weak. Of course the old and weak need not take yoga classes because their style is for the young and strong. Sounds ridiculous, but that's what they preach.

Now, what if the light bulb goes off in my head and I realize that yoga classes can be made to meet the needs of all ages in one group? You said, "The classes I teach are for all levels and all ages." This I have seen as well. But sometimes seniors have difficulty getting to the floor; especially seniors in their 90s. At 61 you are still a young senior and probably in great shape. What about seniors who are not so young and not in such good shape? There are obese teens taking chair yoga classes because they are so out of shape. Let me know what you think.



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