Sharing the Benefits of Yoga One Location at a Time

Sharing the Benefits of Yoga One Location at a Time

Sharing the Benefits of Yoga One Location at a Time
By Johanna Avery

In September of 2003, I was a Fitness Instructor and Fitness Attendant at The Center in Rolla, Missouri. The director suggested that I be trained and certified as a YogaFit yoga instructor. Living in a small town in rural Missouri at the time, yoga was still new to the fitness industry – and to me! I was apprehensive, but I wanted to impress my director and agreed to the training in Kansas City, although I was very nervous. I played “cool as a cat” on the outside, but inside I was thinking, “I can’t sit still and breathe while holding these yoga poses!” The surprise was that I completely fell in love with yoga and all that it had to offer.

Shortly after my training, I was offered a chance to teach a yoga class for older adults. It turned out to be my most memorable yoga teaching experience, and I gained a passion for older adult fitness classes, especially yoga classes. Shaped by that experience, I have consistently sought out opportunities to teach older adults.

Since that first certification with YogaFit, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education K-12, a Master’s Degree in Education, Yoga Alliance RYT 500 Hrs, and Senior Yoga RYT. I am grateful for the opportunity for all my training, education, and experience, but the Senior RYT training was the dearest to my heart.

In my training I learned that yoga can improve the lives of people of all ages in a variety of ways. These include reducing stress, anxiety and depression, reducing the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer, as well speeding up recovery from various medical procedures. The health benefits of yoga are no different for older adults. As we mature, our muscles are inclined to stiffen, joints lose their range of motion, and chronic problems such as osteoporosis and arthritis can develop.

Yoga can help reduce the effects of the aging process by:
• Keeping muscles and joints strong, yet flexible for optimum mobility
• Improving balance and stability, which reduces fall risks
• Improving cardiovascular health
• Improving sleep quality
• Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol
• Improving mood and sense of ‘well-being’
• Decreasing depression and anxiety

“Yoga has improved my balance and strengthened my muscles so that I am more confident and less likely to fall.” – Yoga to You LLC client, Jeanne Erzinger

“Yoga poses can be done standing, sitting, lying down, in a bed, a wheelchair, or even in a tree!” – Yoga to You LLC client, Barbara Baker

I teach more than 14 yoga classes each week, and more than half my classes include adults age 55 or older. The goal of Yoga to You LLC is to make yoga accessible to all people, but especially to older adults. A convenient practice focused on client centering and accessibility. I come to you, within the St. Louis metro and surrounding areas.

Call now to schedule your yoga session!

Johanna Avery, YogaFit Certified Yoga Alliance Certified
The Only Concierge Yoga Service in the St. Louis Metro and Surrounding Area
636-368-8156 | www.yogatoyoustl.com