Yoga for Boomers...and beyond
I'm concerned I won't be able to do yoga, what do you suggest?
Observe a class. There are chairs in the back of the room where you can sit and observe. If you think it's for you, then start with the gentle class and only do what you can.
What if I can't get into a pose?
The majority of poses are available to most people, but if for some reason they are not ask the instructor how to modify the pose.
What should I wear to class?
Loose fitting and/or stretchy clothes. Some people wear non-slip yoga booties or socks, others are barefoot.
I have arthritis and it's difficult for me to move certain joints. Is yoga for me?
You are not alone! This is the Senior Center after all, so lots of us have joints that don't move as well as they did 20 years ago. However, we've learned that lotion is motion for arthritis sufferers. Some of us think of our morning yoga class as a "morning lube job". Arthritic joints may move slowly at first but once synovial fluid starts to flow, joints respond and move easier.
We pay special attention to joints that typically become arthritic either from overuse or aging, like necks, knees, hips, low backs, hands and fingers, and shoulders.
What should I bring to class?
The first time you come to class, we will provide what you need. After that you will be given an envelope that contains everything you need to bring and answers most of your questions.
Is it possible to hurt myself doing yoga?
Yes, you can hurt yourself doing any exercise. Although yoga looks easy, it can be challenging because we are stretching muscles. Therefore, we constantly caution you to listen to your body. If a pose looks too difficult, give yourself permission to sit it out. Be patient with your body. In time, with consistent practice, you will be amazed at your progress.
Do I have to sign up and pay for a certain number of classes?
No. We realize life gets in the way of your yoga practice, so we have a pay as you go system. The first class is always free.
I have a few more questions, how do I contact the instructor?
Contact Mary Ann Dietschler
789--2831 or 218-6231, or Maryanndietschler@gmail.com