Honoring Seniors in Yoga…
One of my neighbors in my Condo development is also an amazing yoga teacher. Melissa Pini writes about it in Boomer Times & Senior Life and gave me a copy of one of her latest articles on “Yoga for Seniors.”
She writes that teaching yoga to seniors is “one of the most exciting aspects of my teaching practice.” While I seldom think of myself as a senior – I credit my youthful attitude to my conversion to a healthy lifestyle in my late 20s when I joined the Flatbush Food Coop in Brooklyn — I still felt honored that she showed so much respect for her older students. I joined with my friend Bob – and she was always singling us out as special.
In her article, Melissa further explained that seniors “are eager to learn, encouraging and share in what I teach without judgement or ego.” Then she adds that there is more for a yoga teacher to know when it comes to teaching a senior student,” including the physical and anatomical ways in which the body ages.” She concludes that it is important for seniors to find a well-trained teacher who is aware of counterindications of certain yoga postures for seniors and conditions that occur due to aging.
Melissa is no longer teaching yoga regularly in a studio and is focusing on graduate studies. During the coronavirus crisis, I miss our workouts.
You can find Melissa’s posts at http://www.mapkeysyoga.com