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Yoga for seniors - is it safe?
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June 22, 2005 - 11:13 am
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D. Calvert,

Your remarks are an indication of your arrogance and lack of education in Yoga. Maybe you should try another style and expand your mind. Many young people have the mistaken impression that yoga is only for extremely flexible people. Open your eyes and ears, Hatha Yoga has already been adapted to every possible physical limitation. If you can't teach seniors, maybe it's because it's missing from your limited training.

A dog can learn 26 hot yoga techniques. Albeit, Fido might not like doing Yoga in a sauna. This brings to mind a flock of parrots following a louder parrot with less sense than my dog. My dog is much more compassionate, and she has common sense that's sometimes lacking in Bikram followers. Yes, D. Calvert - I'm referring to you and your supposed superman Guru of hot yoga.

The many benefits of yoga for us over 55 are the same as they are for the younger crowd. Not taking anything away from youngsters, but as you get older, you feel the benefits of yoga much easier. Hatha Yoga relieves stress, increases strength, balance, flexibility and coordination skills in seniors. We feel it right away. We are more in tune with our joints than younger folks because we often have pain in some of those joints or joint replacements. Hatha Yoga makes the pain go away. Instead of continuous pain, we sleep, sit stand or walk pain free.

Most seniors want a yoga class that's tailored toward their specific needs. We prefer a seasoned yoga instructor with deep knowledge of how to work with our age group. At senior centers there is a daily social gathering where we can meet people who share our life experiences. This is why programs like chair yoga instruction from Aura Wellness Center have increased in popularity among the elders of our population. We want need more trained chair yoga teachers to modify and adjust the poses for folks over 55.

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