The Healing Power of Yoga for Seniors A Path to Recovery from the Hospital

As we age, our bodies become more susceptible to illness, injuries, and the need for hospitalization. Recovering from a hospital stay can be a challenging process, both physically and mentally. It’s during this crucial time that embracing a holistic approach to healing becomes paramount.

One such approach that has gained significant recognition is the practice of yoga. Specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of seniors, yoga can play a vital role in aiding the recovery process after hospitalization.

 In this article, we will delve into the myriad benefits that yoga offers to seniors, and how it can serve as a powerful tool on the path to recovery.

  1. Physical Healing: Hospital stays can often leave seniors feeling weak, immobile, and experiencing physical pain. Yoga provides a gentle yet effective means of rebuilding strength, improving flexibility, and reducing discomfort. The practice of asanas (yoga postures) helps to increase circulation, enhance range of motion, and rebuild muscle strength. With the guidance of a qualified instructor, seniors can engage in modified yoga sequences that are safe and suitable for their specific needs.

  2. Improved Balance and Fall Prevention: Seniors are particularly prone to falls and injuries, which can significantly impede the recovery process. Yoga focuses on enhancing balance, coordination, and stability, which can reduce the risk of falls. Regular practice of standing poses and balance exercises helps seniors regain their equilibrium and develop a stronger mind-body connection, thereby minimizing the likelihood of accidents and promoting a safer recovery.

  3. Stress Reduction and Emotional Well-being: Hospitalization can take a toll on one’s emotional well-being. Feelings of anxiety, depression, and fear are common during this period. Yoga provides a holistic approach to healing that incorporates mindfulness and deep breathing techniques. These practices promote relaxation, calmness, and mental clarity, allowing seniors to cope better with stress and emotional upheaval. Additionally, the release of endorphins through yoga aids in elevating mood and fostering a sense of well-being.

  4. Enhanced Respiratory Function: Seniors who have undergone surgeries or experienced respiratory illnesses may face challenges with breathing and lung capacity. Yoga places a strong emphasis on conscious breathing exercises, known as pranayama, which can strengthen the respiratory muscles, increase lung capacity, and improve overall breathing patterns. The practice of deep, slow breaths enhances oxygenation, helps clear the respiratory system, and supports the recovery of the lungs.

  5. Social Engagement and Community Support: One often overlooked aspect of yoga for seniors is the opportunity it provides for social interaction and community engagement. Joining a yoga class tailored for seniors creates a supportive environment where individuals can connect with others who share similar experiences. The sense of belonging, camaraderie, and support can play a significant role in boosting morale and providing a strong support system during the recovery journey.

The road to recovery after a hospital stay can be challenging, but incorporating yoga into the healing process can make a remarkable difference for seniors.

Through its gentle physical exercises, breathwork, mindfulness, and community support, yoga offers a comprehensive approach that addresses the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of recovery. It empowers seniors to regain their strength, flexibility, balance, and overall well-being, fostering a sense of hope, resilience, and renewed vitality.

It is important for seniors to consult with their healthcare providers and work with qualified yoga instructors who have experience in teaching yoga for seniors.

With proper guidance, a personalized yoga practice can become an invaluable tool on their journey to recovery, helping them regain their independence and embrace a healthier, more vibrant life.

Remember, age is never a barrier to growth and healing. With the transformative power of yoga, seniors can navigate the road to recovery with grace, strength, and feeling renewed.

Learn more at www.silverageyoga.org today.

Alchemy Crystal Bowl Sound Bath to support SAYCO: July 22

Summer Special: join us for SAYCO Sound Bath.

Alchemy Crystal Bowl Sound Bath to support SAYCO

Quantum physicists tell us that “Everything in the Universe is vibration and sound” including us! We are vibrational beings and our bodies are made of mostly water, a wonderful conductor of vibration, therefore, our bodies respond positively to the healing, high frequencies of singing crystal bowls. 

A Singing Bowl Sound Bath is a full-body meditative experience. Those attending lie down on yoga mats and listen to the resonant sounds created by various crystal or metal bowls, often called singing bowls, played with a small wooden mallet. This creates an echoing-vibrating sound that ‘bathes’ your body. When we relax with the sound of the bowls, their vibrations can release mental and emotional pain (worries, fear, anger, sadness, anxiety, depression, insomnia), reduced tension and diminished pain, and can have a deep relaxation of both sides of the brain.

It’s an acoustic sound-healing journey that allows the listener to enter a meditative state to feel calm, relaxed, grounded, and focused. It has been described as floating on a cloud, feeling peaceful, happy, and energized.
presented by Cindy and Scott Smithers; The Center in Escondido

Date:     Saturday, July 22, 2023 
Time:     Arrive 1:00 P.M., Sound Bath 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Place:     St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 334  14th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014
What to bring: Mat, pillows, blanket, and paper and pen to record your experience
Price:  $50.00
Reservations recommended: click here.

Register early as space is limited.

SAYCO Spotlight: Tracy Myers

How long have you been with Silver Age Yoga? 

I’ve been with SAYCO since the very beginning, in 2003. Founders, Frank Iszak and his wife Serpil were my yoga teachers and friends. I knew I wanted to be involved in their mission to bring yoga to underserved seniors. They asked me to be the first Board Chair. I held that role for 10 years. 

What attracted you to Silver Age Yoga?

I think at the time SAYCO was founded, a lot of the senior population didn’t realize the benefits of yoga. I wanted to help get the word out. Things have changed a lot over the years. SAYCO grew to have classes in 24 locations in San Diego, as well as the many SAYCO graduates who teach in other cities.  We have many testimonials from students on how yoga classes have helped them with pain relief, balance, mobility, flexibility, mood, etc.

What do you think are the biggest benefits of yoga for seniors?

Strengthened bones

Reduced stress 

Improved sleep

Enhanced balance, flexibility, mobility and strength

Lessened risk for depression

Alleviate aches and pains

Creates an environment of social interaction

Why should teachers work with SAYCO?

SAYCO is a family. As a SAYCO teacher myself, I find there is so much support and camaraderie in being connected to other yoga teachers who specialize in teaching seniors.  We have continuing education together, share advice and experiences and support one another. SAYCO also places graduates of our course into yoga teaching positions when they’re available.

Why should seniors go with Silver Age Yoga over other competition?

SAYCO teachers must complete additional training after becoming certified as a yoga teacher.  This is in order to have a better understanding of working with the senior population and their specific needs. Conventional yoga training does not address the health concerns of seniors. SAYCO teachers meet monthly and share knowledge and experiences so that we bring a safer and fresher approach to our classes.

What is one thing you wish seniors knew about yoga?

It’s life changing, it’s healthy, social, exhilarating, it’s safe and fun!

What is one thing teachers should know before working with seniors?

Well, senior bodies are different than 25 year old bodies! There are exercise classes everywhere, but few are geared to providing safe movement, specifically for what a senior can do…and by the way, we have quite a few fit seniors in our classes too.  They may have not started out that way, but, at any age, you can build strength and flexibility.

What is the greatest reward in what you do?

When a student tells me after class that a pain they lived with for many years is gone because of taking my class, wow…I love that!

What is your wish for SAYCO?

SAYCO is always working to recruit more yoga teachers, to train them and place them as teachers in our locations. We hope to grow our locations in 2023. 

Alchemy Crystal Bowl Sound Bath to support SAYCO: Jan. 28

Happy New Year!  Start the New Year right and join us for our first Sound Bath this year. Reservations: click here.

Alchemy Crystal Bowl Sound Bath
for Healing and Restoration

Quantum physicists tell us that “Everything in the Universe is vibration and sound” including us! We are vibrational beings and our bodies are made of mostly water, a wonderful conductor of vibration, therefore, our bodies respond positively to the healing, high frequencies of singing crystal bowls.  It is an experience of relaxation and healing on a cellular level.  All you must do is find a comfortable position to sit or lie down and let the bowls do their magic!
presented by Cindy and Scott Smithers; The Center in Escondido

Date:     Saturday, January 28, 2023 
Time:     Arrive 12 noon, Sound Bath 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Place:     St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 334  14th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014
What to bring: Mat, pillows, blanket, and paper and pen to record your experience
Price:  $50.00
Reservations recommended: click here.

Register early as space is limited.

SAYCO Spotlight: Butch Whitmore

Welcome to our latest blog installment, where we shed light on the devoted individuals transforming lives within the senior community.

At SAYCO, our belief extends beyond the physical benefits of yoga; we champion the potency of community, connections, and the uplifting influence that yoga wields during one’s silver years. Through this blog series, we aim to unveil the personalities within SAYCO who are leaving an indelible mark on the lives of seniors.

Today, we are thrilled to present an exclusive interview featuring instructor Butch Whitmore.

Butch Whitmore has been interweaving wellness and wisdom into the fabric of seniors’ lives through his classes. In our conversation with Butch, we explore his journey into the world of yoga, his experiences working with seniors, and the transformative effects he witnesses with SAYCO on a regular basis.


  1. Let’s get a little bit of a personal background about you – where are you from?
  2. I was born in Iowa, grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I moved to Southern California at the age of 26.

    How long have you been with Silver Age Yoga?

    I became a Silver Age Yoga student in 2011 and became a Board Member a couple years later. I started teaching Yoga for SAYCO in 2015.

What attracted you to Silver Age Yoga?

In the beginning it was the classes I participated in. After becoming a Board Member It was the Mission and as a Teacher seeing the students progress as well as the comradely students developed before and after class.

What do you think is the biggest benefit of yoga for seniors?

Staying active as well as engaging with other seniors.

Why should teachers work with SAYCO?

The benefit of helping change seniors lives.

  1. Why should seniors go with Silver Age Yoga over other competition?

    It is donation based. If students can not afford to pay for classes they can still benefit from what Silver Age Yoga brings them. All SAYCO Teacher’s have completed teacher training specifically geared toward seniors. 
  1. What is one thing you wish seniors knew about yoga?

    I wish all seniors knew the positive reward Yoga can make in the lives.

What is one thing teachers should know before working with seniors?

Their limitations and how to modify postures accordingly.

What is the greatest reward of what you do?

Watching student’s progress and seeing their smiles after class.

Moving forward, what is your wish for SAYCO?

I would love to see SAYCO return to per/Covid-19 levels, both in classes and participation.


Online Classes Every Weekday!

In these odd times, we can’t all get together at the traditional venues. Thanks to some of our Silver Age Yoga teachers, we’re now offering online classes, using Zoom!

Join from your home — whether you’re in San Diego, San Francisco, or Santorini!

Click here or look on our Find A Class page for the Online Class schedule and signup information.