Yoga for Boomers...and beyond

                        who want to remain strong, flexible, and active well into their senior years.

Yoga at the Agawam Senior Center is more than stretching and becoming stronger well into our senior years. It's also about building community, making friends, and getting to know each other better off the mat. To that end, Mary Ann hosts an annual yoga brunch. Pictured above is the group who attended the 2018 brunch on a perfect fall day.  Allie, the dog, was in the picture because every morning upon arising she does a perfect downward dog pose, so it was only fair that she be included.

Early morning yogis feeling fit and flexible and ready to meet for their morning coffee after the 8:15 class. Recognize anyone?

Mary Ann  Dietschler and Loretta Yargeau,  yoga instructors at the Agawam Senior Center are shown here at a "Yoga for Osteoporosis" training for taught by Dr. Loren Fishman.

These yogis just finished a gentle yoga workout. Their happy faces reflect the satisfaction that feel knowing they are staying strong, fit, and flexible in their senior years. 

Why yoga for seniors?

  1. Yoga builds bone strength at any age because weight is borne throughout the entire body in many of the postures .
  2. Yoga postures are learned gradually, which means the weight applied to the bones increases safely and incrementally.
  3. Yoga helps to keep the space between the vertebrae open, plump, and supple. This can  prevent and even reverse the most visible symptom of aging and osteoporosis: rounding of the spine.
  4. Yoga improves balance and coordination helping to prevent falls.
  5. Yoga involves specific breathing technique helping you to relax.
  6. Yoga lubricates the joints by giving them an internal massage unlike other weight bearing exercises that tighten and wear out the joints.
  7. Yoga promotes body awareness. You begin to notice and quickly adjust slouching posture.
  8. Yoga lowers blood pressure and slows the heart rate.
  9. Yoga builds strong core muscles. A strong core means a strong back.
  10. Yoga has been linked to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and better immune system function.