There’s More To Yoga Than You Think

When you think about yoga, do you picture someone sitting on the floor in a pretzel-like position, eyes closed with their fingers together? There’s more to yoga – a lot more!

The yoga classes at the Broken Arrow Senior Center have grown in popularity, and there are two main reasons why. Yoga is probably one of the best exercise practices for mind and body both for men and women. People in our yoga classes are often dedicated to the practice of yoga because it has, without a doubt, improved their overall quality of life. The second reason has to do with the Center’s yoga instructor, Tiffany Tran. We are fortunate to have her on our team. Tiffany has a number of certifications, including level II trauma informed yoga therapy, 40 hour yin yoga, 20 hour hip hop hatha Yoga and 200 hour yoga teacher training. In addition, she currently is working on her 300 hour kundalini training. When she finishes, Tiffany will have attained her 500 hour training – a high standard of training and certification in the world of yoga.

Is taking a yoga class at the Center for you? It probably is, no matter your fitness level because each yoga class Tiffany instructs at the Center is designed just for seniors. Each class is also different and can challenge you wherever you are in terms of fitness. If you find yourself out of step, out of shape or out of patience because of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic or just life, yoga may just be the activity to help you get back in the swing of things. Discover the various types of yoga offered at the Center:

 Yin yoga/Mondays, 11 a.m. to noon

Yin yoga is slow-paced and incorporates the traditional principles of yoga with postures that are held for longer periods of time. Yin yoga offers deeper access to the body, targeting our connective tissues, fascia and ligaments, with the aim of lubricating and protecting our joints. The benefits of yin yoga are that it calms and balances the mind and body, reduces stress and anxiety, increases circulation and improves flexibility and joint mobility.

Chair yoga/Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Chair yoga is practiced sitting in a chair or standing, using a chair for support. It is especially beneficial if you have limited mobility. Yoga is an excellent way for older adults to loosen and stretch painful muscles, reduce stress and improve circulation. It also reduces anxiety, helps lower blood pressure, protects joints and builds strength and balance. The main benefits of chair yoga for seniors include improved flexibility, better concentration, increased strength and reduced joint strain. If practiced weekly, chair yoga for seniors can also lead to better sleep and help with chronic pain from arthritis. By improving strength and flexibility, chair yoga can also help seniors avoid falls.

Soft yoga/Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Gentle or soft yoga is far less strenuous than other forms of yoga. It is less intense, so it can be very useful for people who are not capable of fulfilling the demands of other types of yoga. Soft yoga is especially helpful for seniors who are simply looking for a more relaxed workout. This practice can also be beneficial to those who already are quite fit but who lack the overall flexibility to be able to do some of the more intense yoga poses. Soft yoga is also a good place to start if you are interested in exploring yoga as a form of exercise.

Power yoga/Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Power yoga offers you ultimate fitness benefits, including increasing overall energy; building up stamina, strength and flexibility; mental calmness; and stress relief. The maximum emphasis of power yoga is on strength-building, muscle-building and weight loss. Power yoga is a great way to keep fit and active. It can keep you essentially fit – both physically and mentally. The Center’s power yoga class is designed specifically for seniors.