Yoga for Elders
Yoga is not limited by age or ability. The key to the practice of yoga is awareness and intention. If you are aware of your body and have the intention of paying attention to the breath – you are beginning to practice of yoga.
My vision is to bring this kind of awareness to as many people as possible, from all walks of life. I would love to see yoga in every classroom and care home. It is truly inspiring to hear that people are helping to heal their physical, mental and spiritual ailments with yoga more and more.
I teach at various care homes in Carmarthenshire. These are privately run care homes where the care for the residents is paramount. Regular activities are an important part of improving their quality of life whilst living at the home. Activities like this help to maintain mobility, balance and flexibility in a safe setting. The awareness of the breath helps to maintain efficient breathing, and the guided relaxation stimulates their imagination, and lets their body assimilate the effects of the practice.
The classes are gentle and accessible for chairbound residents, and often end with a roomful of smiles.
"Very enjoyable, roll on next time!"
"I find the sessions very beneficial. It is relaxing and teaching me to become aware of my whole being."
Residents are generally able to follow easy, clear and precise instructions. The residents find the instructor very friendly and approachable, which then enables those present to participate at a level comfortable for them. Always at the end of the session there are lots of smiles and feelings of “haven’t we done well!”
Roberta, Activities Co-ordinator.
Chair yoga at Cwm Aur Residential Home, Llanybydder