Seniors Yoga & Wellness Programs

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Sri Shanthi with Raymond ‘Fred' Bartholomew - Age: 94

Gentle Chair Flow Yoga, our specially-designed “Ageless Yoga” series and Therapeutic Yoga are all programs we have developed for older adults including Meditation & Relaxation, and Nada Sound Yoga that are ideal for people over 50 and people living with injuires, disabilities or suffering with pain or any medical conditions... and those who are flexibility challenged (most people).

Chair Flow Yoga is a gentle form of yoga practiced while sitting on a chair, or standing with a chair for support. It is adaptable to everyone’s level of ability and a perfect way to achieve physical or mental fitness.

It is normally practiced by seniors and other people who are concerned about their mobility, their independence… having a better quality of life… how mobility affects mental and emotional health… and the balance factor: fall preventions, outdoor slipping and falling in bad weather or indoor accidents.

Yoga for seniors is very beneficial for so many aspects of life.

Chair Flow Yoga also benefits those with pre-existing health issues and/or weight problems. It has a positive effect on the mind and body. It can benefit everybody – all age groups and fitness levels!

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Chair Flow Yoga benefits the mind, in a sense that it provides certain independence, and increases self-esteem in the life of those who practice Chair Flow Yoga.

It benefits every body part because it increases blood circulation, improves feet, toes, hand and finger movements, improves balance, stimulates the elimination of body toxins, improves posture, flexibility and mobility, muscle and bone health. A balanced yoga practice has the ability to heal, shift energy blockages and bring into harmony physical, emotional and mental states.

Also, the social factor involved should not be ignored. Practicing Chair Flow Yoga with others who have similar physical conditions has a very positive effect in all areas of the body and mind.

Another important part of any yoga is relaxation or meditation techniques.

Meditation increases the blood flow and slows the heart rate. Excellent for those with high blood pressure; helps post-operative healing. Reduces anxiety attacks and emotional stress and decreases the ageing process. 

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Therapeutic Yoga with Raymond ‘Fred’ Bartholomew, age 94!

Studies have shown that meditating regularly helps relieve symptoms in people who suffer chronic pain, as well as cancer patients. The neural mechanisms underlying the relief were unclear. Researchers have found that those who practiced meditation over an 8-week period were better able to control a specific type of brain wave called Alpha rhythms. These activities are thought to minimize distraction and help keep you focused. 

Chair Yoga is based on traditional Hatha Yoga and is adapted by specialist yoga instructors. Sri Shanthi Bhavana is a qualified Yoga teacher and registered practitioner with the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT), and the AURA Wellness Centre, Massachusetts, USA. He is qualified to teach Chair Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga and Meditation techniques.

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One-on-One Therapeutic Yoga can be of great benefit to many older people. Based in the ancient Yoga practice of Cikitsa (ancient healing Yoga that addresses practice from a therapeutic perspective), this form of Yoga that incorporates the sheer joy of the body in movement, can help with many problems associated with age, injury, medical conditions, inflexible joints and limited movement (Range of Motion ROM). 

An essential component of Yoga is to increase the quality of blood and its efficient flow throughout the body. In this practice we develop strong foundations through postural alignment, strengthening of the neuromuscular system and joint stability - leading to steady, joyful progress while minimising pain and the risk of injury.

Sri Shanthi Bhavana offers private One-on-One Therapeutic Yoga sessions to all his students, and private clients and also incorporates this Yoga into all his group classes - offering it as Vini Yoga:  "Yoga that is appropriate to every individual".

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Therapeutic Yoga can be practiced using a chair, a wall, sitting or lying on a floor or bed… practically any orientation that the body feels comfortable with.

The most essential and underlying factor in any Therapeutic Yoga, or Yoga Therapy, is that the practice be designed specifically for each individual, according to their age, body type (considering the Ayurvedic Dosha system), their physical fitness and ability, flexibility, range-of-motion, illness, injuries, medical conditions or other significant and limiting factors. Often our clients are referred by medical doctors, specialists and other health care practitioners.

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Sri Shanthi with Raymond ‘Fred' Bartholomew - Age: 94




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