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Senior Yoga

Never taken yoga? Feeling stiff and a bit fragile?

We offer a variety of classes where seniors can stretch, relax, and have fun! These classes are tailored for the senior and are suitable for a range of abilities. Senior Yoga

Those with limited movement in hips, shoulders, knees, and other parts of their bodies, can be accommodated with gentle modifications to the various yoga poses impacting those areas.

Many seniors are concerned about not being able to get down on the mat and if they do, possibly having difficulty in getting back up. An option available in these classes is to use a chair and do modified poses from the chair. Most of the yoga poses can be adapted to sitting in a chair with verbal cueing by the instructor.

The SYC studio has a variety of yoga blocks, straps, bolsters, and blankets that can be used to support our bodies in moving into and holding various yoga poses.

If doing yoga has been your desire, but the thoughts of limitation due to age or medical conditions are holding you back, perhaps these are the classes you have been looking for.

Adaptive Yoga

The class begins with gentle breathing and movement to loosen stiff joints while seated in a chair. Next, standing poses are incorporated to improve balance and stability. Finishing with floor poses, the class ends in a deep relaxation. Every person has a chair to use for seated exercises, stability while standing, and to help get on and off the floor. This gentle class is for anyone recuperating from injury, restarting an exercise program, or suffering from chronic pain.

Mae Denman

Taught by Mae Denman
Saturday 9:30 - 10:30 am

About Mae Denman

To learn more about Adaptive Yoga,
email Mae at

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Gentle Vinyasa

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Bob Brach's "Gentle Yoga with Bob" offers a gentle style of yoga that flows together at a slow pace allowing students time to settle into their pose and then prepare their body for the next pose. This combination of gentle poses with ample time between poses allows for greater safety and comfort. Bob has several students in their 80's attending his classes.

Bob Brach

Monday and Friday 12:00 - 1:00 pm

About Bob Brach

To learn more about Gentle Vinyasa email Bob at

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Gentle Yoga

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Sandi teaches Gentle Yoga in the Ananda tradition, which includes the use of affirmations (held silently in the mind), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation. Classes typically begin with watching the breath (meditation) and gentle warm-ups from either a sitting or lying down position; students may sit in a chair if preferred. The class moves gently to standing poses with rest periods in between each posture; students are encouraged to return to the resting pose any time they need to. In Ananda Yoga, the rest period is just as important as the postures: students cultivate awareness after each asana by observing changes in the breath, the body and the energy within. Over time, students learn to direct the released energy to recharge the inner spine.

Safety and proper form are emphasized during each class; modifications are demonstrated, and students are encouraged to ask if they need help adapting a pose to their needs.

You will leave class feeling relaxed, uplifted and more aware of your own inner peace.

Gentle Yoga with Sandi is an excellent choice for seniors or anyone desiring a slower-paced class with calm, gentle instruction to help you realize the most benefit from practicing yoga. All are welcome!

Sandi Russi

Monday and Friday 9:00 - 10:00 am

About Sandi Russi

To learn more about Gentle Yoga,
email Sandi at

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Healthy Aging

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A gentle and focused approach supporting balance, mobility and joint health. Seated modifications available for those unable to access the floor. Start where you are. No prior yoga experience necessary.

Linda Roye

Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30 am
Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 am

About Linda Roye

To learn more about Healthy Aging email Linda Roye at

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Rewind Gold*: Yoga for Successful Aging

This practice is designed to target specific joints and muscle groups to improve Dynamic Balance, Flexibility, and Functional Strength.

Both mat and chair versions of each pose are offered, so you may choose whichever version that feels right for your body. Further modifications are given to address any chronic condition.

"Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength." --Betty Friedan

*Rewind Gold is an evidence-based approach to yoga for older adults. Arizona State University School of Nutrition & Health Promotion, in collaboration with YMEDICA Yoga Group, conducted a three year research study of a group of adults ages 55+ who participated in a 60 minute yoga practice, designed with specific postures and sequencing, three times per week. The results were significant improvement in flexibility, strength, dynamic balance, and muscular endurance as measured in Senior Fitness Test, as well as mental health.

Anna Ghomeshi

Wednesday 10:30 - 11:45 am

About Anna Ghomeshi

To learn more about Rewind Gold: Yoga for Successful Aging, email Anna Ghomeshi at

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Tai Chi for Arthritis & Falls Prevention

Developed by a team of medical and Tai Chi experts lead by Dr. Lam, this Tai Chi program is safe and easy-to-learn. In evidence-based studies, it has proven effective in relieving pain and improving health and balance. This program has been endorsed by the U.S. Arthritis Foundation and the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

Mae Denman

Taught by Mae Denman
Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

About Mae Denman

To learn more about Tai Chi for Arthritis & Falls Prevention,
email Mae at

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