This class is specifically designed for the aging population, people new to yoga, and those with injuries and chronic pain.
The classes will stretch and strengthen the entire body. Movement will be done both sitting in a chair and standing. Balancing exercises are also an important part of each class.
There will be a focus on posture improvement and correcting forward head posture, also known as Hyperkyphosis, which is a serious overlooked medical condition that gets worse with age. Research has shown that:
1. People with Hyperkyphosis had an almost 44% greater risk of mortality over a four year period. (Journal of American Geriatric Society, 2004)
2. People with Hyperkyphosis were twice as likely to die of pulmonary disease. (Journal of Orthorpaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 2010)
3. Older women had a 70% greater risk of future fractures. (Journal of Orthorpaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 2010)
4. Hyperkyphotic posture shows an increased rate of physiological aging. (Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 2016)
A special 12 minute meditation called the Kirtan Kriya will be taught at the end of class. This meditation has been recommended by the National Alzheimers Association and research from the University of California at Los Angeles has shown that this simple meditation can change areas of the brain that control memory and mood.