Yoga classes for seniors are held at COTA NT in Spillett House every Wednesday (with the exception of instructor ‘away days’). Yoga is part of our Fit for Life program, which encourages seniors to stay healthy, grow stronger and to improve their balance, flexibility and co-ordination.
Before you join
- check with your doctor first before starting any exercise program (see About Yoga notes below).
- if you have any concerns regarding your fitness level, ability or skill or undertake this activity, you should seek the appropriate independent advice. Please note, neither the instructor or COTA staff are authorised to give any advice in this regard.
- before your first sessions, you must fill in a Pre-Exercise Screening form and raise any health concerns with the instructor
- register your attendance (which includes agreement to a voluntary assumption of risk: that you undertake the class at your own risk and acknowledge and voluntarily accept the level of risk consequent with that activity
- bring comfortable clothes and shoes, drink bottle and towel. Mats (foam not Yoga mats) are provided for this class (up to 20) and early arrival is advised.
- Improve sleep quality and improve depression
- Reduce stress
- Help control blood sugar in people with diabetes
- Enhance respiratory function
- Help alleviate arthritis pain
- Increase bone density and prevent osteoporosis
- Improve balance
- Moderate chronic pain
There are three key components to a good workout for seniors: low impact cardio, resistance training, and stretching. Whilst Yoga has the potential to cover all three of these bases, health experts recommend that people who are getting older should give serious thought to which yoga program they choose to adopt. Certain forms of yoga may be too strenuous, or require so much flexibility that a senior could easily hurt themselves by pushing too far.