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restorative yoga, or perhaps Iyengar
yoga. "
There are more advantages beyond
the physical, says Branch. " Yoga connects
you with a supportive community. The
goal of yoga extends beyond the body,
to the spirit and mind. Older people
often face challenges like illnesses, or
isolation, and yoga classes have the
ability to provide a sense of community
and support.
" In addition to easing the physical
discomforts of aging, it may also help
seniors to cope more easily with the
depression and anxiety that accompany
the aging process. Attending a yoga class
regularly also establishes a sense of
community and friendship with teachers
and fellow students. "
It is, to be concise, a life-saver for many
in their golden years. I
" One does yoga to
get better at life. "
BONNY BRANCH
Where to Go for Yoga
This limited list of yoga centers in the region is by no means complete. There
are a number of private instructors and gyms that include yoga in their
curricula, but this is a great place to begin your search.
BOTETOURT COUNTY
Grace Yoga and Pilates has accessible classes for all ages, levels and
abilities. Caryl Connolly is a yoga teacher specializing in teaching seniors
and those needing adaptive yoga for special conditions.
Facebook.com/graceyogaroanoke
ROANOKE CITY
Uttara Yoga Studio, Kathy Knizner leads workshops in the " Yoga for Healthy
Aging " course. She teaches Gentle Yoga at Uttara, popular with the 50+
crowd. UttaraYogaStudio.com/teachers/kathy-knizner
LYNCHBURG
James River Yoga and Iron and Grace, both on Old Forest Road, come highly
recommended with relaxed, no-pressure atmosphere. There are a number
of good yoga studios in the Hill City. JamesRiverYoga.com | (434) 944-8633
ROANOKE COUNTY
Brambleton Center features a meditative chair assisted yoga class and
other 55+ classes.
RoanokeCountyParks.com/209/Brambleton-Recreation-Center
Northview United Methodist Church in the Hollins area, Patricia Reavis is
an active senior herself and well-known for her specialty in teaching senior
yoga and fitness classes. NorthviewUMC.org/fitness
Cave Spring Baptist Church in its Family Life Center gymnasium Thursday
mornings. Instructor is Kirsten Brown. (540) 989-6136
VINTON
Charles R. Hill Community Center has suspended its yoga classes for the
aging due to the pandemic, but they could return soon.
VintonVA.gov/152/Senior-Programs
SALEM
At the Salem Senior Center, Ninette Crunkleton teaches chair yoga,
followed by mat yoga for all ages and levels (through Salem Parks and Rec).
SalemVA.gov/Departments/Parks-and-Recreation/Senior-Center
COVERING ALL LOCAL COUNTIES/CITIES
YMCA of Virginia's Blue Ridge, a monthly membership gives you access
to many yoga options for all ages and levels. They include active older
adult land and water exercise classes at Botetourt Family Y, Kirk Family Y,
Lynchburg YMCA, Salem Family Y. Classes are in-person and virtual online.
Their website has specific info: ymcavbr.org
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