ROCHESTER (WWJ) – The music starts, the lights dim and the seniors at the Older Person’s Commission Center in Rochester take their seats. It’s time for chair yoga.

Instructor Norma Byrne says yoga has many health benefits — from improving sleep and strength to reducing pain and anxiety —and as the senior population increases, many are turning to yoga to stay healthy.

Byrne told WWJ Health Reporter Deanna Lites that the chair is a way to bring the floor to her students.

“We can do 99 percent of our yoga postures from the chair, and I modify everything,” Byrne explained.

For 77-year-old Mary Kocaski, yoga had been a life saver since she had knee surgery.

“It helps me stand better, sit better. The whole meditation part has helped me through stressful situations,” she said.

For those who’d like to try out a senior yoga class, the OPC in Rochester is having a Yoga Day. For a class schedule and more information, check out the flier HERE

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