Yoga party! Senior yogis stretch it out in Fort Greene

Yoga party! Senior yogis stretch it out in Fort Greene
Posers: Yoga lovers get their stretch on at a class for seniors in South Oxford Park on May 13.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

They took their downward-facing dogs to the park!

A group of stretchy seniors gathered in Fort Greene’s South Oxford Park on May 13 for a free yoga lesson for over-60s run by park-events organization the City Parks Foundation. One limber local said she loves the class, which runs twice a week through June 19, because it gives her a competitive edge in everyday life.

“I love doing yoga,” said neighborhood resident Betty Westry, who has been centering her chakra in the park for the past three years. “I enjoy it because it’s the only exercise I do, but now that I’ve been doing it a while I can do a lot of things other people can’t.”

The City Parks Foundation offers the yoga classes as part of its eight-week, city-wide CityParks Senior Fitness program, which also includes free fitness-walking and tennis lessons. More than 7,000 golden-agers have taken part in the program since the organization first launched the scheme in 2006.

Senior yoga in South Oxford Park [S. Oxford Street between Atlantic Commons and Atlantic Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 760–6999, www.cityparksfoundation.org]. Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 am, through June 19. Free.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Twisted sister: Yoga instructor Marcy Magrino assists Betty Westry with a pose.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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