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Yoga for Seniors: Thoracic Park

Beginner I

This is a short series designed to open up your neck, shoulders and thoracic spine (the middle of the back between your shoulder blades). It’s great for office workers and a fantastic class to do regularly if you want to avoid common issues from desk work and aging, such as carpal tunnel, arthritis and neck pain.

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rebecca909evans
rebecca909evans
November 10, 2022
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5
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I really appreciate this class. It is easy to fit into a break at work and really loosens my upper body

doyogawithmeara
doyogawithmeara
July 25, 2022
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5
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If i don't try to keep up (listen to your body!) i can work up to it and it is GREAT!

shelley24
shelley24
July 22, 2022
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great routine. its pace, however, is way too fast for me and I had to consciously keep slowing down to my pace to "stay aware" of my body and avoid movements from becoming mechanical.

overall a great routine, if you have to stay off your feet for a few days. :-)

Camomilla
Camomilla
November 3, 2020
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I'm truly enjoying Michelle's video. This one is great for me as I can sneak it into every moment of my day, and it gets the job done. Note that my pace is waaaay slower than hers: you don't have to keep up with Michelle (actually I think few people can without a certain amount of training), just do the stuff in your own time, it will still be highly effective.

Itsmaha
Itsmaha
October 3, 2020
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Perfect not just for seniors but office workers as well.

amyjgb
amyjgb
September 23, 2020
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I am not a senior, but I am an asthmatic, and found this really helpful for opening up my lungs. I made sure to go with the pace of my own breath, which is not as fast as Michelle goes in the video (otherwise would trigger a coughing fit). Following this up with some Alexander Technique to keep accessing my breath!

dawhaw
dawhaw
August 15, 2017
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Question: Just because I am over sixty, why do you say don't put my head back?

David Procyshyn
David Procyshyn
August 15, 2017
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I'm not sure what specific point in the video you're referring to, but I think that can be a comment for the general public. It's important to avoid letting the head drop back in a way that can stress the neck.

Thisni Caza
Thisni Caza
January 3, 2017
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I have one replaced vertebrae, and a total of eight fused, thoracic, so the title of this class really caught my eye. Unfortunately, this class was too fast for me, which is not a criticism of the class...as I am 67, don't exercise regularly, and have the special circumstances of the spinal fusion. I may return to this class after I build my endurance a bit.

Belinda Simonini
Belinda Simonini
March 6, 2016
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I enjoyed doing this video, myself a very fit 55 year old, with my 82 year old not too fit Dad. We both found it far too fast though. More direction on the breathing and a slower pace so that each breath sequence can match a yoga sequence would be great! Thank you!

jstar5dvm
jstar5dvm
October 1, 2015
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I just had major reconstructive surgery on my foot 4 days ago, so my mobility is very limited, but it was thrilling to find a little yoga sequence that can be done within the context of my physical limitation. Breath and movement are healing! Thank you!

Bobbijazzsinger
Bobbijazzsinger
February 26, 2015
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I didn't find it to fast but I did slow down now and then, I just kept going. I think I can do this! Thank you!

seggie1313
seggie1313
April 22, 2014
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Yes, the speed is fast. It's for a reason: to get heat into the muscles quickly. No, I couldn't keep up with it, as I am a beginner, but I found the pace that gave the "burn" and went through all the different stretches as she did. My pace was a bit slower and it worked for me. Ideally, the goal is to get near her speed, but ALL yoga should be done at your own pace. There is nothing wrong with my speed because it worked for me, just like yours would work for you. The faster, the better when it comes to the thoracic spine because of its use.

livestartled
livestartled
January 23, 2014
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I am a beginner and I lasted about five minutes. I'll do it again, only with more reflective speed. I don't remember yoga being so speedy.

klwms
klwms
March 30, 2013
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Perfect series for improving limited range of motion shoulders like mine, but way too fast for this senior at 69 years...any chance of making one I can follow along with without having to keep pausing the video? Even an audio only would be nice...

camin90066
camin90066
March 11, 2013
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While I appreciate that the moves are beneficial, the pace is much too fast if trying to coordinate the breath with the arm movements. I slowed everything down to what worked for me.

monicaa
monicaa
October 7, 2011
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thank you, thank
I would like to thank you for these great videos
you help me a lot
monica italy

YogaBonz
YogaBonz
September 21, 2011
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Great to see a series especially for seniors! And this is a great place to start! thanks.