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12:05 AM Mon, Dec. 17th

Chair Yoga now offered in Prescott Valley; tailored specifically for seniors

Yoga instructor Lori Wallach helps Liz Knitter position her body to get optimum benefit from the exercises. Eloise Marzec has just been assisted into the proper yoga pose. (Courtesy)

Yoga instructor Lori Wallach helps Liz Knitter position her body to get optimum benefit from the exercises. Eloise Marzec has just been assisted into the proper yoga pose. (Courtesy)

Seniors are especially vulnerable to losing their agility due to restricted mobility. Activities that may have once been done easily — like daily walks — can become more difficult as we age.

One solution now available in Prescott Valley is chair yoga, according to a news release. The discipline of yoga can provide a healthful mind/body exercise path. But older adults may be reluctant to attempt exercises that require sitting or lying on a floor mat.

Seasoned yoga instructor Lori Wallach has begun giving classes that were designed specifically for seniors or others who may have difficulty with getting up or down from positions on the floor.

“Chair yoga is an ideal way to reap the advantages of this century-old discipline because it’s appropriate for all skill levels,” Wallach said. “All poses are performed from a chair or while standing behind the chair for support.”

Benefits of chair yoga include increased flexibility, strength, joint lubrication, concentration and relaxation. At the same time, participants also experience a decrease in joint strain. Wallach has been certified as a RYT-500 instructor by the discipline’s association, the Yoga Alliance, and is registered as having taken 500 hours of training.

“I believe that one of the most important aspects of chair yoga is that people learn how to listen and honor their bodies,” Wallach said. “I am careful to never push or prod someone performing these exercises. People

learn what poses work best for their bodies.”

Liz Knitter, a resident of Victorian Estates, is quick to agree with Wallach. “I’ve found her classes to be wonderful for my back and give me an opportunity to stretch muscles that I don’t tend to use,” Knitter said. “Even though I knew it would be good for me, I always avoided yoga because it’s hard for me to get up and down to a floor position.”

Dates/times of Wallach’s chair yoga classes:

• Monday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., StoneRidge Community Center, 1300 N. Stoneridge Drive

• Wednesday, 10 to 11 a.m., PV Parks & Recreation Center, 7501 E. Civic Circle

• Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m., Victorian Estates Community Center, Baker Street

• Friday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., StoneRidge Community Center, 1300 N. Stoneridge Drive

• Friday, 11 am to noon (fourth Friday of the month only), PV Library, 7401 Civic Circle

Classes are either free or entail a $5 donation.

Wallach teaches classes in slow flow yoga, restorative yoga, yin yoga, and yoga nidra at various locations throughout Prescott and Prescott Valley.

For a list of classes, call or text Lori Wallach at 609-432-7536 or email her at loriawall80@gmail.com.