A growing body of scientific research is beginning to confirm what yogis have known for millennia - yoga offers a wealth of benefits for everyone…and seniors are no exception! Yoga classes for seniors are becoming increasingly popular - after all, seniors are the fastest growing demographic in yoga!
Mental health problems are common among the elderly aged 60 or above in Hong Kong. Andiappan Yoga Community has partnered with Lok Sin Tong to teach tailor made yoga classes for their needs.
Our highly trained yoga teacher volunteers are now teaching gentle poses and breathing techniques that help to address depression and other mental and physical health issues.
We initiated this project on 30th September at Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society where yoga is introduced to seniors. We had over 15 students aged from 60 to above 90. Dr. Yogananth gave an introduction to the benefits of yoga and explained how yoga can be practiced at any age and how it helps arthritis, limited mobility, or other health issues related to ageing, AYC volunteer Coordinator M/s Louise and Volunteer teachers M/s Angela, M/s Vivian and Mr.Edward Wah Gor assisted the seniors with great care.
Various gentle yoga poses that can be done seated on a chair and simple breathing techniques were taught to them which they really loved it.
Project Name and Nature: Yoga Therapy Class for Seniors at Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society
Venue: Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society. G/F & 1/F, Block 10, Tsuen King Garden, 76-84 Tsuen King Circuit, Tsuen Wan, New Territories
Class Schedule: Every Monday 9 - 10 am
Who can teach in this project: Andiappan Yoga Community Volunteer Teachers those who have completed a minimum of 200hrs Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Course with International Yoga Academy, Hong Kong can apply for this project. Share the gift of yoga and help us in fulfilling AYC’s mission. Your enthusiasm and help are greatly appreciated.
If you are a registered AYC volunteer and you are available to teach on Mondays and you have Yoga Therapy Certification, you can apply to teach for this project .Cantonese speaking teachers are preferred for this project as most students can only understand Cantonese. To apply for this project, please follow these steps:
- Log-in to the AYC website (yogacommunity.org)
- Under “My Profile”, click “Ongoing Projects”
- Find (Yoga Therapy Class for Seniors at Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society), and select “I would like to apply”
- Please wait for the admin to add you to the WhatsApp group before you start assisting / teaching.
Notes: Anyone aged above 55 and those who are registered with Lok Sin Tong Society can attend this free yoga class. Please approach the staff of LSTBS to register for this class.
SCMP Feature Oct 2018: Thank you SCMP for featuring M/s Kitty a student of our Lok Sin Tong Yoga Therapy for Elderly Project. It's time to help promote and increase awareness about the benefits of yoga and how it can be beneficial for all age groups. Thank you Ms.Angela (Project Leader) and Other Dedicated Volunteers M/s Rita, M/s Shirley M/s Jennifer and others for love and support.