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Community Spotlight: Tatyana Kochergina on the Benefits of Senior Yoga

As a lifetime yogi Tatyana Kochergina understands that as we get older, our muscles tend to stiffen, our joints lose their range of motion and we become more susceptible to chronic problems such as osteoporosis, arthritis and heart disease. That’s why she designed a series of chair yoga classes making yoga accessible to everyone despite the any physical challenges they may face. “My mission is to help people find a balance that will work for them, at any age and any stage in their life,” she says.

“Senior yoga can help slow down the effects of the aging process by maintaining muscle softness and flexibility, keeping the mind alert and awake, encouraging relaxation and strengthening muscles and joints,” says Kochergina. “It’s a multi-pronged approach that encourages the body, mind and spirit to remain healthy and strong while reducing the effects of many age-related issues.”

According to Kochergina, her senior yoga class is designed to stretch and strengthen the upper and lower body all while sitting in a chair. “You can stretch most of the major muscles groups in a thorough and effective way in these classes; in fact, many new students are surprised by how much they can do,” she says. Using a strap, Kochergina shows students, step-by-step, how to stretch the back, front and sides of the legs, as well as the hips and lower back. “This encourages blood flow to your feet and strengthens balance and body awareness.”

Kochergina knows that seniors who practice yoga and exercise regularly tend to be more at peace than seniors who lack an outlet for anxiety and frustration. “Yoga is great for mood regulation, as well as helping to lower high blood pressure. It also encourages a deeper, more restful night’s sleep,” she says.

She believes that yoga helps her senior students not only keep their bodies young and healthy, but it also helps them stay connected with the community while making new friends. “The social aspect of group exercise is critical,” she emphasizes. “Many of my students are living by themselves and it can get lonely. However, once a week they have an opportunity to express their love and feel they matter. We laugh a lot in class and you can’t put a price tag on that.”

Each class is designed to be interesting and interactive and, at just $5 per class, affordable for everyone. “Keeping costs low is my way of giving back to the community, and all are welcome to join us,” says Kochergina.

For more information, contact 363-0010 or or visit 

 “I look forward to going to the yoga class on Wednesday because I have neck problems and I was taught how to alleviate the pain with yoga. Tatyana is a great yoga teacher and the women who go to the class are very friendly.” ~Angela Warren from Sloatsburg

“Chair Yoga with Tatyana is wonderful. My joints are not as stiff. My range of motion has increased. My posture is getting better. I appreciate the class Tatyana gives at our Senior Center. I feel more invigorated and focused after the class.” ~Hedy Fink from Sloatsburg

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