Elder Yoga

Never before have so many people reached their wisdom years together. Never before has the stage of life from 50 and beyond extended much longer than a decade or two. Now it reaches into the realm of nearly half a century.

Yoga’s accessible practices of meditative movement and stillness create the ideal itinerary for the journey as it takes a natural turn toward spirituality and introspection, or gerotranscendence.

It is my passion to continue to bring the peaceful, meditative practices of yoga to elders. Please contact me for yoga and meditation workshops, wellness series or private sessions.

Elder Yogis – in their own words

Since the fall of 2006, seniors have met weekly for chair yoga in New York City’s Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village. Through surgeries and loss, joy and pain, more than 50 elders have come to gently move, deeply relax and spend a few moments in meditation. Perhaps their words, from their September ’09 satisfaction surveys, convey better than any article or research report the n and practical ways yoga can enrich the wisdom years.

The breathing I learned after only four classes has helped me relieve anxiety. Sleeplessness has responded to the breathing and I’m now able to sleep for most of the night.
After four chair yoga sessions

When I’m walking and feel a pain or tire, I’ll do the deep breathing. If I get scared, I’ll do the centering. I try to stay in the moment much more.
Chair yoga participant for more than two years

The breathing practices are helpful before sleep, as are the visualizations. I also use stretches in the morning. For me, balance is a major issue after knee surgeries. My balance has improved so much even classmates notice.
Chair yoga participant for a year and a half

When I clean, I practice some movements, and relax at times and meditate. I believe the classes help us move – especially those over 80. We use body parts we don’t use daily.
Chair yoga participant for more than two years

Before I get out of bed, I do body twists, tree pose, tensing and releasing and stretches. I have learned to appreciate what I can do and not be so hard on my body for what I can’t do.
Chair yoga participant for two years

I use the deep relaxation two or three times a day, before I start to read. Also, I suffer from chronic insomnia, so the breathing practices are very helpful.
Chair yoga participant for a year and a half

Every morning, I do the stretch exercises and chair movement. What we learn in the class helps with my balance and stiffness.
Chair yoga participant for two years

After sitting at a computer/TV, I do breathing and stretching – very helpful! My balance seems to be improving, too.
After 20 chair yoga sessions
I use Nancy’s CD, Deep Relaxation, every evening and do deep breathing. It’s wonderful, and helps with sleep.
Two-year chair yoga participant

You leave the class with the feeling that all your joints have received attention.
Chair yoga participant for a year and a half

My breathing is deeper. It’s a wonderful class and very beneficial to health and wellness.
Chair yoga participant for two years

It is a gentle practice that accomplishes so much, both physically and spiritually.
Chair yoga participant for a year and a half

I do other exercises and incorporate yoga into them. They strengthen my back muscles.
Chair yoga participant for two years