Savannah’s Saints and Sages uncover yoga has no age limit
April 14, 2015 - accent chair
Three Wednesday mornings a month, 85-year-old Jessie Collier DeLoach comes to a amicable gymnasium during Savannah’s Butler Memorial Presbyterian Church.
She doesn’t come to play bridge. Or to speak with ladies over tea.
Instead, DeLoach and 4 friends come to use chair yoga, a mutated chronicle of normal yoga. Instead of lying, sitting or station on a mat, they work out while seated in a chair or station beside it, one palm holding on for balance.
“It’s relaxing. It’s good for us,” DeLoach pronounced before category one new day.” And we like a camaraderie. The organisation is terrific. We only have a good time.”
These seniors, ages 71 to 91, have been assembly like this for 5 years. Besides DeLoach, a longstanding members embody Jacqueline Byers-Johnson, Leona Williams, Georgette Battle and Ouida Thompson.
This women’s organisation has a name: Saints and Sages. Saints since they are good, kind people; sages since they are correct women, pronounced yoga instructor Betsy Strong who gave them a name.
“In a tradition of yoga, some of it is formed on Hinduism. It’s not a religion. But still, there are sages and swamis in a yoga field,” she said.
After brief conversation, Strong dimmed a lights and led a category in 90 mins of stretching poses and meditation.
They started with a chant, a discordant “OM,” afterwards took what Strong called “cleansing breaths.”
“Think that you’re bringing in appetite and respirating out tension,” she advised.
After focusing on their breathing, a women
began their stretches.
With Strong demonstrating, they sat adult true in a “mountain” pose. They carried their arms beyond to make “rainbow circles.” At one point, they wrapped their arms around crossed legs, branch themselves into tellurian pretzels.
Intent on their poses, a women were wordless many of a time. But spasmodic there was discerning rebuttal and delight as they attempted a formidable stretch.
“This is not that easy,” complained Battle as she attempted to put both feet on a chair to start a pierce called “Rock a baby.”
Added Byers-Johnson, “I tell you, I’m holding on for life.”
They attempted other tough poses. They slid their hands along a inside of their legs to do “the frog.” They crossed their elbows, one on tip of a other, to start “the eagle.” They put their heads down over their knees in a position called “sleeping cobra.” And, sitting adult again, they pulpy a palms of their hands together to make a “prayer” pose.
Toward a finish of a class, Strong led them in decrease exercises.
“Don’t worry if we go to nap since I’ll arise we adult again,” she said. “Consider that decrease is like a comfortable wave. It moves adult to your feet, your ankles, your knees and thighs…Let that call of decrease go adult into your wrists, your throat, your jaw, your nose. You are loose from a tip of your conduct to your toes.”
The women leaned brazen in their chairs, heads bowed, eyes sealed as Strong intoned, “You’re honoring each partial of your body. You have middle peace.”
They finished with another chant, “Om shanti,” definition peace. And afterwards they sang, “This small light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.”
Strong incited a lights behind on. The category was over.
And a Saints and Sages pronounced they felt renewed.
“It keeps a tragedy down,” pronounced Byers-Johnson.
Added Battle, “It energizes me and gives me flexibility. I’m not going out to do a limbo. But we feel great.”