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Yoga for senior citizens now being offered in Mt. Pleasant

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Marilyn Forbes | For the Daily Courier
Regional Family YMCA yoga Instructor Joyce Prutz is now offering YogaFlex at the Mt. Pleasant Senior Center.
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 5:35 p.m.

The Mt. Pleasant Senior Center is now offering YogaFlex, a program designed by yoga instructor Joyce Prutz of Mt. Pleasant Township that offers the benefits of yoga to those who may not be as flexible.

Prutz is a yoga instructor at the Regional Family YMCA of East Huntingdon.

Prutz has been teaching yoga for five years and decided to create a form that would be perfect for older enthusiasts.

“It incorporates more stretches into a yoga routine,” Prutz said. “I don't teach yoga philosophy, mantras, chanting, or chakras.”

Prutz will be teaching a six-week course.

“We had some interest in it so we thought we'd try it to see if people liked it here,” Mt. Pleasant Senior Center Director Pam Soforic said. “If there is interest, we would like to offer it again soon. Maybe in the fall if we can.”

The YogaFlex program is for anyone.

“Anyone can take YogaFlex,” Prutz said. “Set up a chair along with a mat, that way the participant can choose at which level they want to practice.”

Prutz said with many seniors, range of motion and even balance can be a concern, but she provides tools to help those who need a little extra assistance.

“We have yoga blocks to help support our balance,” Prutz said. The large foam blocks can be placed under legs, knees or hips to add comfort and ease.

The classes have started, but Prutz encourages anyone who would like to try to stop for a class to experience not only the physical side of yoga, but also learn the calming effect of the age-old exercise form.

“Honestly, at first I wasn't a big fan of yoga, but after you experience the peace you feel at the end of each class, you could change your mind like I did,” Prutz said. “I've been amazed at the strength I have developed in my upper body and the only thing I have done differently is starting to teach more yoga.”

Soforic said she would like to hear from people who may be interested in taking part in the classes that will be offered in the fall.

The classes are offered for the next three weeks from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Senior Center.

For information, call the center at 724-547-4593.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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