Alchemy Crystal Bowl Sound Bath to support SAYCO: October 7th, 2023

Fall 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, October 7, 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.

Senior Socializing: The Community Aspect of Senior Yoga Classes

Staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes increasingly important as we age. One fantastic way seniors can achieve this is by participating in senior yoga classes. Beyond the physical benefits of increased flexibility, balance, and strength, senior yoga classes offer something equally valuable: a supportive and inclusive community. In this blog, we’ll explore the social benefits of senior yoga classes and how they provide seniors with a sense of belonging and companionship.

Building Connections

One of the most significant advantages of senior yoga classes is building connections with like-minded individuals. Many seniors may find themselves dealing with loneliness or isolation as they age, which can negatively affect their physical and mental well-being. Participating in group yoga classes allows them to meet others who share their interests and concerns.

These classes often foster a sense of camaraderie among participants, as everyone is working towards similar goals. Whether holding a challenging pose or simply finding balance, the shared experiences during yoga sessions can spark conversations and lead to lasting friendships.

A Supportive Environment

Senior yoga classes are specifically designed to cater to older adults’ unique needs and abilities. In such an environment, seniors can feel comfortable and supported, knowing their instructors and fellow participants understand their limitations and challenges.

The instructors in these classes are often trained to adapt poses and exercises to suit different mobility and fitness levels. This adaptability ensures everyone can participate at their own pace without pressure to keep up with others.

Encouragement and Motivation

In a senior yoga class, encouragement and motivation are the order of the day. Seniors often find themselves uplifted by the positive energy in the room and inspired by their peers. When they witness others overcoming obstacles or achieving personal milestones, it can be a powerful motivator to push their boundaries.

Additionally, the group setting provides seniors with a sense of accountability. Knowing that their friends from class are expecting them can be a strong motivator to attend regularly, helping them stay committed to their fitness routine.

Mental and Emotional Well-being

Senior yoga classes offer physical benefits and contribute significantly to mental and emotional well-being. Practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques in yoga can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Moreover, the social interactions and sense of belonging gained through these classes can boost overall happiness and self-esteem.

Senior yoga classes offer far more than just physical exercise in the world of senior health and fitness. They provide a sense of community, connection, and support that can enhance the lives of seniors in numerous ways. For those seeking an active and social lifestyle in their golden years, senior yoga classes present an ideal opportunity to improve physical and mental well-being while forging valuable relationships with like-minded individuals.

If you’re a senior or know someone who could benefit from these social advantages, consider joining us at Silver Age Yoga. It’s not just about striking a pose; it’s about building a vibrant and inclusive community.

SAYCO Spotlight: Bob Spindler


Welcome to our latest blog installment, where we dive into the world of Silver Age Yoga and shine a spotlight on the dedicated individuals who are transforming lives within the senior community. Today, we are thrilled to bring you an exclusive interview with instructor, Bob Spindler.

At SAYCO, we believe in more than just the physical benefits of yoga; we believe in the power of community, connection, and the positive impact that yoga can have on individuals in their silver years. With this blog series, we aim to peel back the layers and introduce you to the faces behind SAYCO who are making a profound difference in the lives of seniors.

Bob Spindler, a seasoned yoga instructor with a heart as expansive as his expertise, has been weaving wellness and wisdom into the lives of seniors through his classes. In our conversation with Bob, 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.

How long have you been with Silver Age Yoga? 

I’ve been with Silver Age Yoga since 2005, about 18 years.

What attracted you to Silver Age Yoga?

When I first attended Frank’s yoga classes, I was impressed seeing an older guy doing all   these very physical, dynamic, precise and sometimes challenging poses.

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

Yoga helps you get centered and is very calming when beginning a session with breathing and meditation. This, in turn, helps reduce stress and enables students to better concentrate their efforts to improve core and upper body strength as well as balance. 

Why should teachers work with SAYCO?

As a teacher you get to see, weekly, seniors improve their lives through regular yoga classes.

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

SAYCO offers the only formal, structured and tested curriculum I know.

What is one thing you wish seniors knew about yoga?

The multitude of physical and mental benefits of a long-term regular yoga practice.

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

Any yoga teacher should know they will get older, (hopefully) and teaching yoga to seniors    repares you for this gradual inevitability.   

What is the greatest reward in what you do?

Students telling you they really needed the yoga class and they feel much better!

What is your wish for SAYCO?

My hope for 2024 is to increase our donations from foundations by at least two.

Enjoy the Summer Sun with Yoga: A Guide for Senior Citizens

As the summer sun shines bright, it’s time for senior citizens to discover the incredible benefits of yoga specifically tailored for their silver years. While many people associate yoga with flexibility and strength-building exercises, it offers so much more, especially for older adults.

In this blog post, we will explore why yoga is particularly important for senior citizens during the summer months, highlighting the numerous advantages it brings to their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Increased Flexibility and Balance:

Yoga is a gentle yet effective practice that can help improve flexibility and balance. As we age, our joints may become stiffer, and balance can decline, increasing the risk of falls and injuries. Regular yoga practice can counteract these challenges by promoting flexibility, stretching muscles, and improving joint mobility. Enhanced balance not only reduces the likelihood of accidents but also enhances overall stability and confidence.

Enhanced Strength and Stamina:

Engaging in yoga during the summer months offers an opportunity to improve strength and stamina. Senior citizens often experience reduced muscle mass and endurance, leading to a decline in daily activities. Yoga postures, combined with mindful breathing, engage various muscle groups, stimulating their growth and providing greater stamina. Regular practice can lead to increased vitality and energy levels, enabling seniors to enjoy summer activities to the fullest.

Stress Reduction and Mental Clarity:

Summer can sometimes bring its own set of stressors, such as excessive heat or changes in routine. Yoga serves as a powerful tool to manage stress and promote mental clarity. Breathing exercises and meditation techniques incorporated into yoga practice help calm the mind, reduce anxiety, and provide a sense of peace and relaxation. This mindful approach can improve overall mental well-being, fostering positivity and resilience.

Social Interaction and Community:

Participating in yoga classes designed specifically for senior citizens allows individuals to connect with like-minded individuals and build a supportive community. Summer yoga sessions offer an excellent opportunity to meet new friends, share experiences, and develop a sense of belonging. These connections can significantly enhance emotional well-being, combat loneliness, and create a positive outlook on life.

Cooling and Rejuvenation:

The summer heat can sometimes take a toll on the body, making it essential to cool down and stay hydrated. Certain yoga postures and breathing techniques help regulate body temperature, allowing for a cooling effect. Practices such as “Sheetali Pranayama” (cooling breath) and “Sitali Pranayama” (the hissing breath) help reduce body heat, keeping senior citizens comfortable during the warmer months. Moreover, yoga practices like “Savasana” (corpse pose) provide deep relaxation, rejuvenating the body and mind.

Yoga is a wonderful practice for senior citizens during the summer months, offering a multitude of benefits for their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Through increased flexibility, enhanced strength, stress reduction, social interaction, and cooling effects, yoga empowers older adults to enjoy the summer season to the fullest.

So, let the warmth of the sun be an invitation to embrace yoga, and let your silver age shine brightly with this transformative practice. 

Embrace the summer sun, embrace the power of yoga!

Learn more at www.silverageyoga.org

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.