Yoga for Healthy Aging
Whitefish Community Center offers a free yoga program for people in the community. Yoga for Healthy Aging is an ongoing program every Tuesday at 9:30 am. This program is a gentle, slow-paced yoga practice that aims to improve breathing, balance, strength, and flexibility. Yoga is a great way to stay fit and can be exceptionally beneficial for aging adults. Exercise is a crucial part of healthy aging, and yoga is a great way to get moving, improve flexibility, improve bone health and muscle density, and relive stress and depression. This free yoga program is a wonderful health resource for the Whitefish community!
Kathy Cozad, Site Manager and Activities Coordinator for the Whitefish Community Center explains the program further writing, “This program is open to men and women of any age or ability. Our instructor, Betty Kuropat, is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and she teaches at multiple venues in the Flathead Valley. Betty believes “if you can breathe, you can do yoga”. She further states that “just because it is gentle, doesn’t mean it’s easy”. She encourages and helps each student with proper body alignment, balanced posture, mental focus, and acceptance. She uses props, such as chairs, blankets, pillows, and straps to help learn a posture and make it easier. Modification is the name of the game for those who are just starting out or may be recovering from illness, injury, or surgery. Committing to a regular yoga practice will help you breathe more fully, enhance your concentration and self confidence, and over time will improve your strength, balance, and flexibility. One of the best things about this program—-it’s free! Betty gratefully accepts minimal donations, but they are not expected.”