Yoga has never been so popular, with its benefits advocated by celebrities from Madonna to Ricky Martin to elite athletes and sportspeople including Ryan Giggs and Gareth Bale. Thousands of pre-schoolers have caught the yoga bug, thanks in part to the CBeebies programme, Waybuloo. The benefits for older people are less celebrated. However, this week the Telegraph ran a feature about Fenella Lindsell’s subsidised classes for older people.
Eight years ago, Fenella Lindsell, a consultant on the CBeebies show and co-founder of the children’s yoga company YogaBugs, began subsidised yoga sessions for older adults. This followed a request from her local GP’s surgery in Balham Park, south London to put on classes that increased mobility and helped to reduce the aches and pains.
It took a while for the classes to build u a following but now the three weekly sessions of gentle Hatha yoga are packed. Carmen O’Neill – 82 and the oldest in the class – can stretch further than she thought possible. She says: “I walk straighter, and taller. I feel I’ve got more mobility in my joints and – just as importantly – I meet other people, have a good time, and chat. It’s keeping me young.”
You can read the article in full here – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/elderhealth/9013540/How-yoga-can-help-fight-ageing-aches.html.