Gentle Years Yoga

Gentle Years Yoga (GYY) is an authentic traditional Hatha yoga practice that has been modified to be chair based.  A 75 minute class will include breathing exercises, full body mobilisation, pulse raising activities, concentration activities, co-ordination activities, balance improvement exercises, resistance work, modified yoga postures and a relaxation. It is suitable for all and can be adapted for all.

We offer these classes online. To read more about the online classes check out the following page:

“I have health problems” Can I still practice Gentle Years Yoga?

YES!!! GYY has been developed so that it is suitable for people with a range of health conditions. It is suitable for anyone who would find it difficult getting up and down from the floor or for those who may just want to practice yoga from a chair.

Check out what our students have to say about the classes!

Gentle Years Yoga
Gentle Years Yoga
Gentle Years Yoga

Retaining Independence

One of the key aims of GYY is to maintain and improve activities of daily living. We always ensure that every session includes sitting to standing exercises to build strength in the legs. Balance practice is always included to help improve and maintain balance into older age. We have witnessed some fantastic improvements in our attendees leg strength and balance. As a result students are able to ensure that they maintain their independence.

Gentle Years Yoga Class online

We explore elements of yoga philosophy, breathing exercises and guided relaxations. In addition to all of that we have a social element to the classes. After each session we have a chat over tea and coffee. Consequently we get to know each other and it is a great opportunity to make some new friends.

Making Friends and Socialising

Class is followed by optional tea and coffee in the Hoylake Parade Community Centre cafe, Popsy’s. This is a great opportunity to get to know the other members of the class. As a result many new friendships have been made.

It is great for us as the yoga teachers too! We love getting to know our GYY class members!

Gentle Years Yoga Class

Having a chat and cuppa after our GYY Class,

Experienced Gentle Years Yoga Teachers

We were some of the earliest teachers to be trained in GYY through the British Wheel of Yoga back in 2017. As a result we have been teaching GYY since January 2018. Our classes have proved very popular and lots of friends have been made.

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Paul and Steve with their training certificates
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Training in 2017 with Jenny Howsam and Laura Bissell, the creators of GYY

GYY Pilot Trial

The GYY was subject to a trial.

You can download and read a copy of the GYY Pilot Trial by clicking on the button below. The full title of the paper is “Adapted yoga to improve physical function and health-related quality of life in physically-inactive older adults: a randomised controlled pilot trial by Garry A. Tew , Jenny Howsam, Matthew Hardy and Laura Bissell”

The future for Gentle Years Chair Based Yoga

We are currently part of a nationwide trial looking into the benefits of GYY chair based yoga. The results of this trial will be very interesting and we are proud to be a part of it.

Other resources

The British Wheel of Yoga website http://www.bwy.org.uk

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