Yoga for Seniors in Teesside – AMALAwellness’ Social Enterprise Project

Young at heart - Active for LIFE! Yoga in Middlesbrough and Teesside

Young at Heart and Active for Life!

Yoga For Seniors in and around Teesside!

– Introduction –

AMALAwelless’ aim is to help seniors and those with limited mobility get fit and active for life through accessible, fun, social community based Gentle Movement and Chair Yoga classes.

We include time to focus on mental wellbeing in class, as well as physical aspects, making AMALAwellness’ classes well-rounded. Exercises can be done seated, with chair support and free-standing. Making classes accessible for all. Wheel-chair’s and walking frames are welcome!

Aimee already has classes running across Teesside, helping seniors in the local community stay fit, active and independent. Her aim is to provide more classes to those who would benefit most, working alongside local charities, community centres and care homes to facilitate this.

AMALAwellness – A Brief History

I initially came to yoga in 2013 to help me with my own battles with anxiety. I fell in love with the practice and it totally changed both my mental and physical wellbeing. I also loved the sense of community and support from like-minded individuals, as well as the teachers. It really inspired me. I came to have a regular practice and in 2017 left my job as a Scientist to follow my dreams of studying Yoga and Meditation abroad. Whilst abroad, I studied and gained experience with wonderful teachers in Thailand, India and Nepal. I completed two Yoga teacher Trainings and courses in Breathwork, Reiki and Meditation.
In 2019, I came home to help and support my parents when my late father was diagnosed with cancer. An opportunity to teach arose from my Yogi friend and from that AMALAwellness was born.

Yoga Stockton Middlesbrough

I set up my project through looking after my friends Yoga Class whilst she was on maternity. The average age of the students is 60+ and I enjoyed teaching it so much that I did a Chair Based Exercise course – which is about teaching seniors or those with limited mobility gentle movement safely and inclusively. I also teach meditation and relaxation. I seen the benefits of the classes on student’s lives, physically, mentally and socially. I wanted to do more to be of service in the community using gentle exercise as a modality. I have worked alongside My Core Wellbeing in Teesside, to run Chair Based Yoga and gentle exercise classes in the community, as well as setting up my own classes independently.

I am very passionate about working with seniors and those with limited mobility. Since changing career paths in 2017, I have been drawn more and more to this modality naturally, where it feels more like a hobby or a vocation to me. I love hearing my students say they are happy, or that something in class has improved their physical/mental wellbeing. I cannot imagine doing anything else now.

– My Social Enterprise Project –

AMALAwellness’ aim is to offer classes for to help improve mental and physical wellbeing, as well as offering a safe, fun, inclusive social space for people to enjoy being active, learning something new and making new friends.

My main activities are gentle movement classes, yoga classes and chair based exercises, which can be done standing, with chair support or seated. My classes focus on – Flexibility, Mobility, Aerobics, Balance, Strength, and Mindfulness which is incorporated into every class.

This helps people stay motivated, fit and active as well as providing a sense of community.
I work with those with Parkinsons, Dementia and COPD, for example.
In Gentle Exercise and Chair Based Yoga and Exercise classes, exercises are done to music from younger years which really brings a smile to students faces.

I have helped over 200 people during lockdown and in person since January 2020, to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Please read on to read about our classes, their benefits and the mental, physical and social impact of my project.

Gentle Yoga, Meditation and Relaxation

Yoga for Seniors / Yoga for Limited Mobility

Gentle yoga classes for seniors / those with limited mobility are going to be accepting of beginners , as well as being beneficial to all levels. They may include meditation.
Classes will involve standing, seated and kneeling mat based exercises. They are intended to be slow paced, gentle and calming.

They aim to reduce stress and improve mobility, flexibility strength and balance.

If students have been intimidated by more athletic yoga styles or are looking for a way to unwind and reduce stress, they may want to explore gentle yoga. Also, gentle yoga is suited to those who are used to a faster pace and want to learn how to slow down.

Chair Yoga

Seniors or those who have mobility issues avoid unnecessary movements due to fear of falling or injuring themselves. With limited movements, the limbs get stiff. This leads to reducing the range of motion causing aches and pains in the limbs. Fortunately, with awareness of yoga practices spreading wide, those with mobility issues too can benefit from this practice through the introduction of Chair Yoga.

Benefits of Chair Yoga:

  • stretching the muscles, to reduce pain and stiffness.
  • improves blood circulation to keep the body fresh and active.
  • keeps control of the blood pressure.
  • improves the range of motion of the joints, keeping the symptoms of arthritis in control.
  • Helps lift mood – reducing anxiety
  • improves balance and coordination.

Chair Based Gentle Exercise classes

Our ‘Keep Moving Teesside’ Chair Based Yoga and Exercise classes are gentle exercise class designed for those age 50+ and over, or those with limited mobility and a need for a different approach to exercise than usual gym-based modalities offer.

Attending a ‘Keep Moving Teesside’ class is great fun social and designed to keep people enjoying later life for longer.

The exercises can be done standing, seated on a chair or standing with chair support.

They can be adapted to meet your needs with less repetitions or lower resistance.

They are great fun to participate in and teach!

-Our Impact on Teesside –

Aimee has already had a positive impact with Yoga, Meditation and Chair Based Yoga and Exercise classes in teesside. For those who have mental and physical health challenges, finding usual exercise settings, such as gyms, affects peoples ability to access services available. This affects 61% of people wishing to attend classes. By making classes accessible, this helps to eliminate this barrier.

We help to bring people together in the community, to socialise whilst keeping fit, active and looking after their physical and mental health.

The classes are taught in a community setting and in a warm, safe and inclusive environment. This makes the classes a wonderful way of looking after mental, physical and social wellbeing.

Mental impact

Yoga, Gentle Exercise and Meditation lessons have a myriad of benefits for those suffering with anxiety. For example, you can learn how to control your breathing and learn relaxation techniques which can be used in and out of class.

A big impact on mental wellbeing is loneliness. Our classes help to reduce loneliness within communities within Teesside.

Physical Impact

People who attend gentle movement and exercise classes are reported to be more mobile and active.

The more you move, the more you’re able to move.

It is important to stay active. These gentle exercise classes are taught with those who have certain challenges in mind, making them accessible and adaptable, so that anyone can enjoy and get the physical and mental benefits from a class.

The classes help improve flexibility, aerobic fitness, balance and strength.
Helping us stay fit, mobile and independent as we age.

Pain and discomfort can be a barrier to practicing and exercising. From back pain, to stiff joints – sometimes it can seem that exercising will make a pre-existing condition worse. Challenges with circulation and breathing can also make movement and exercise seem like it will be too difficult.

It is best to discuss exercise routines with a doctor or healthcare professional initially before starting a new routine. However,  chair exercise classes and chair yoga classes are designed to be gentle on joints and can be done seated or standing. 

When we injure ourselves, or have challenges to practice through illness, it can feel impossible to exercise. However, having a gentle approach to exercise can really help people heal and take steps, no matter how small, to being more active.

Movement helps us stay independent and able to do day-to-day things, like shopping, housework etc. Making classes functional and accessible means all can participate and get some physical exercise. Exercise also helps to reduce trips and falls, as well as reducing the onset of osteoporosis and other ageing related conditions.

Those who are experiencing challenges with memory, cognitive decline or dementia can still get many mental and physiical benefits from practice. Exercise and movement helps maintain healthy blood flow to the brain and helps the body produce new cells.  It helps with proprioception, keeping the mind active. It also helps with balance and hand-eye co-ordination.

Social Impact

Classes allow people to come together from communities across Teesside to not only exercise, but socialise and make new friends too. Classes are a lot of fun, older adults who joined classes like these reported feeling an improvement in their mood.

To summarize…

Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga and Gentle Exercise classes can have a wonderful impact on mental, physical and social wellbeing. I hope to continue to work in community centres and expand my business to reach more people that would benefit from these classes within Teesside.

If you would like to contact me, or work with me, please do so by the following means.


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Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Chair Based Yoga and Exercise  teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

Find AMALAwellness yoga and meditation classes in Teesside and online.

26 thoughts on “Yoga for Seniors in Teesside – AMALAwellness’ Social Enterprise Project

  1. Yoga is such a good form of exercise.So nice that it’s gentle enough for all levels and abilities to experience it.

  2. Wow! I agree, yoga serves both physical and mental wellbeing, and it’s one of the best ways to reduce anxiety and also keep fit. Your story of how you found the Yoga practice and the social enterprise you have formed is incredible. You’re such an inspiration! Congrats on the AMALAwellness project!

  3. I love that Teesside helps people keep fit and healthy no matter their age. The older you get the more important it is than ever to stay in physical shape.

  4. I have recently taken up yoga. And I must admit, some poses are harder then they look. This is great for older people to help out with their flexibility

  5. This is such a nice idea for elderly people to help increase their mobility as so many of them probably don’t walk or move as much as they should x

  6. Your Move It Or Lose It classes sound like such a wonderful idea not only because they help keep people active and maintain mobility but it gives them a chance to interact with new folk and hopefully widen their social circle.

  7. What a great project, gentle exercise and meditation is essential for both mental and wellbeing. If you expand to Manchester I will be first in the queue !

  8. The “move it or lose it” is a great phrase! This is why sometimes, I let my parents do the actions so they will move and consider it their exercise hehe

  9. I’d love to be this this active when I grow old (but never weary). I don’t want to be the bed-ridden type who just stays at home and nags at people in the internet. HAHA. I think I’m describing my grandma.

    But really, I’d love to embrace health way into my “geriatric” years.

  10. Yoga is great for any age and has so many benefits. I think my parents were looking to start, they would love this to get them started.

  11. This is a great idea fro the eldderly. I would have tried to get my father to participate in one of these classes. He might have felt better towards the end of his life.

  12. Yoga is great for people of all ages and all health backgrounds. Those with limited mobility can slowly gain more movement and that will motivate them to keep doing more.

  13. Yoga is fantastic for each and every age group. I used to practice regularly but lately, I’ve been too busy….and also too lazy.

  14. Nice to know that there are so many adaptations for different kinds of people to enjoy and have the benefits of doing yoga. I do that daily too and Yoga helped me a lot.

  15. this is such a brilliant initiative and concept by AMALAwelless. I think this is truly beneficial to the age bracket that it is being targeted with involvement of trained staff as brought out by you

  16. This is such a wonderful initiative! Yoga has a lot of benefits and seniors definitely need this too as part of their exercise routine to keep them healthy.

  17. have not try yoga yet more of a jogger and biking type of guy..but why not give it a try i might enjoy it too

  18. I will have to share this my mom as she is doing yoga for her age (she is in her 60s). She loves it as it helps her knees.

  19. Thanks for sharing this. I always try to incorporate yoga into my exercises whenever I can.

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