Gentle Yoga is designed for students who need to have the basic yoga postures modified due to age, weight, illness, injury or limited flexibility.
In our experience as teachers we have found that due to poor lifestyles and chronic stress, many students come to yoga unable to safely practice the postures.
In keeping with the principle of ahimsa (nonviolence) we have learned to modify the asanas so that these students can benefit from a physical practice as they build the strength and flexibility to perform the full postures.
Gentle Yoga can be beneficial for:
- Beginners who are new to yoga
- People who have not exercised or have stopped and would like to start.
- Overweight, underweight, or any other bodily weakness
- Stiff, weak, or injured spines
- Office workers, Computer Workers with many hours sitting daily
- People recovering from illness
Who can take this course:
- Yoga instructors
- Those working in health care at senior centers
- Householders who take care of a senior family member
- Yoga practitioners
- Senior Yoga Methodology, including safety tips and use of props
- How to design a class
- Floor Yoga Master Class
- Chair Yoga Master Class
- Laughter Class
- Contraindications and special conditions
Lots of handouts and hands-on experience.
Masako Takahashi (Padmavati)
Padmavati graduated from Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training course (TTC) in 2008 and the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training course (ATTC) in 2009. She taught Yoga for seniors from 2008 to 2014 at Moss Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia. She teaches:
• Gentle Yoga
• Chair Yoga
• Strength & Balance for Seniors
• Zumba Gold (dance class for seniors)
• Silver Sneakers Workout program
• Laughter Yoga
• Intermediate Chair Yoga
• Advanced Yoga for seniors
She also has experience working with recovering alcoholics and people with addiction issues. She has taught Yoga in a Japanese hospital and been involved with teaching Yoga at the Japanese AA. She is the founder of the Senior Yoga Instructors Association (SYIA) in Tokyo, Japan, which organizes volunteer activities to teach Chair Yoga in Japanese day-service centers.
She is an excellent cook, proficient in the art of many vegetarian cuisines.