Our aim is to promote health, wellness and quality of life for older members of our community 

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Age UK say "Staying active makes us feel more energetic. But there are other more specific benefits, including helping to:

  • manage high blood pressure and angina
  • keep you at a healthy weight
  • maintain regular bowel movements
  • stimulate a poor appetite
  • strengthen muscles and bones, reducing the risk of falls and fractures
  • ease discomfort if you have arthritis or Parkinson’s.
  • Regular exercise also boosts the production of brain chemicals that lift your mood and make you feel happy – so it can be a good way to deal with stress and anxiety.

The 4 building blocks to being active

Developing and maintaining stamina, strength, flexibility and balance are particularly important as you get older, and can help you carry out everyday tasks more easily, as well as enjoy activities more.

Stamina helps you to walk longer distances, swim and mow the lawn.

Strength helps you to climb stairs, carry shopping, rise from a chair and open a container.

Flexibility helps you to bend, get in and out of a car, wash your hair and get dressed.

Balance helps you to walk and climb steps confidently, stand from a sitting position and respond quickly if you trip.

Any amount of extra activity that’s appropriate for your age group and health makes a difference.

One of the exercise actitivies that we offer is Gentle Years Chair Yoga© that has been researched by British Wheel of Yoga (The National Governing Body for Yoga recognised by Sport England and the Sport and Recreation Alliance).

In the BMC Geriatrics research it showed that weekly Yoga classes bring physical and health related improvements to older people with age related conditions such as arthritis and dementia.

Traditional yoga is adapted and has been developed so that older adults with physical limitations can safely participate while still reaping the benefits of yoga and the most commonly cited benefits included:

  • improved mobility (chair rising, walking, flexibility and reduced pain)
  • stress relief
  • improved mood
  • lower anxiety
  • enjoyed social interactions

We understand that there are barriers to exercise among people aged 60 or more including issues such as pain and discomfort, fear of injury, misconceptions about what is appropriate.  This yoga may be appealing because its content is suitable for people with hip or knee replacements and long term health problems such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease (quoted by Dr Garry Tew, who led the research form Northumbria University Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation)

Yoga is a holistic therapy, which has the potential to produce a range of physical and mental benefits.

Some testimonials from those that have attended classes already:

"I have attended a chair yoga class for almost a year and have found it of immense value.   Although there are various and many different exercise classes when you have a balance problem these become off limits. Chair yoga is the exception it keeps my body moving in a safe way, it has also made me confidant  when doing other things by making me aware of how to make myself more balanced. My attitude has also changed I am far more accepting of how I am doing day to day, rather than getting frustrated at what can't be done I tend to look at what can be."  Delia

"I have been attending the classes for 2years and find them a great help in moving and relaxing , I am 83years old and suffer with Parkinson's so am unable to do all the other things I used to like, rambling, cycling and I have also done many charity walks in the past.  I now find myself restricted and the Yoga has restored a lot of my confidence" Margaret.

"I have COPD and started Chair Yoga in 2015, following a lung function test result of 78%,  to see if it would help.  I didn't find it very easy at the beginning,  as it made me focus on my breathing more, but over time it has really improved.  in 2016 my annual lung function result had improved to 81% and this year it has gone up to 83%.  My Practitioner is delighted with my results and told me continue with Chair Yoga.  Sheree is such a good teacher and very sympathetic to everyone's different needs, she is a STAR.  I am fortunate to have good friends, but this has greatly widened with Sheree organising social activities too"  Kathy

"I have been going to chair yoga since the beginning.  Having had a stroke about 14 years ago I have found it has benefited me in as much as my muscles feel looser and balance is much better.  It is also a good discipline as I am not very good at doing exercises on my own.  Also that I had very little physio after the stroke so even after all this time i feel that I have been helped.  Finally the classes are most enjoyable" Pam

"I have attended the chair yoga classes for the last couple of years following on from the free yoga sessions.  It is great having such a beneficial leisure activity in the village especially for those of us that do not drive.  The classes have been of huge overall benefit: I have found it a great deal easier to relax and 'switch off '.  I have become more aware of my posture, stretching and  breathing techniques,   and many of these can be practised at home.   My shoulders and neck area, which were quite stiff, are more supple.  Sheree has taught me how to deal with cramp and I have taken on board special exercises for sciatica etc.  We have all benefitted from the knowledge of strengthening ankles and wrists and the way to help ourselves up if we should fall.  I recall in the early days finding it impossible to get out of the chair without using hands now it is second nature.  Sheree shares her expertise and gives us plenty of relevant  handouts and is also aware of  everyone's individual problems.  Above all, I  enjoy the social aspect of the class and the general 'feel good' factor." Jenny

We offer the Gentle Years Chair Yoga© activities in and around Sevenoaks within community classes and also bespoke projects where taster classes are available and courses are tailored to groups in the community, residential settings and care homes. 

For more information, you can check the timetable by clicking here for our open to all community classes or contact info@sevenoaksdancefitnessyoga.co.uk or call 07833 449630 for bespoke projects tailored to your needs
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