The Benefits of Yoga for Seniors & Prime Timers – July 2014

Yoga isn’t just for the young and limber!! Many Prime Timers are turned off by yoga because they think they will not be able to do the poses fully or that they will not experience the benefits of it. But yoga is not about sweating and flinging yourself in and out of strange poses. Instead yoga is a noncompetitive, mindful practice and poses can be modified to meet each person’s individual needs. You may never be able to bend yourself into a pretzel, but you can still experience the benefits of yoga.

Many of the symptoms we suffer from as we age can be alleviated by practicing yoga. The gentle postures of yoga, coupled with relaxation breathing, mental focus, standing in balancing poses, all work to reduce stress, fatigue, and pain, while reducing the risk of fall related injuries.

You will notice an Increase Flexibility and Stability
A major concern among seniors and care takers is the risk of falling. While there is no fool-proof way to completely prevent accidental slips, yoga can help avoid them. Regular yoga practice gently increases your flexibility helping to improve your stability, balance and joint strength. The more flexible and stable you are, the less likely you are to fall.

No More Counting Sheep….Zzzzzzz
If you suffer from poor sleep, with yoga you will be able to catch more z’s. Instead of turning on the TV or grabbing your laptop, try a gentle yoga sequence to help you wind down and quiet your inner monologue. Yoga poses are designed to bring awareness inward, to relax your mind while stretching and relaxing your body. A relaxed mind and body will drift off into sleep more readily resulting in a more sound sleep. Improved sleep helps to reduce fatigue, crankiness and other related ailments.

Mental Health, Inner Focus and Well Being
Stepping onto the mat is a time to focus on yourself….it is “ME Time”. It’s a time to forget about day-to-day worries, the global news, the grandkids and to pull your attention inwards. Focus on your breath and take note on how your body is feeling. Cherish this time from your day to focus on your inner-self, help yourself to identify sources of stress, and then “let them go with BIG EXHALES ….Ahhhh”.  Feels better already.

Oh…for Sighing Out Loud!!!
In yoga classes, we always provide a few moments of “Sighing out Loud” as an excellent way to physically release stress through the “Prana”(life force). Doing this also during your day, when you are off the mat, is a great way to release subconscious stress that we don’t even realize we are holding, as well as alleviating any stress you are outwardly experiencing. Alleviating stress will enhance your mood and your overall well-being and give a “break” to your auto-immune system.

Ending OMmmm….
By ending classes with the Universal Vibrational Sound of Om, we seem to connect to an awareness of being at One with the Divine and the Source of All That Is.  We realize, and are thankful, that we are part of this moment in time, in this very space, with these very people, in this very place. The ancient sound of Om (as in Ah-men) brings an ending to our practice just as prayers end in a sign of Amen signaling a conclusion of moments, well spent in Divine Connection.

Please Note The Side Effects of Yoga!!
Your eyes will be shinier, you will radiate well-being, you will sleep/rest better, your friends will think you have had a vacation, your skin will be moist and glowing, your attention will improve, you will be more tuned in and alert….and you may even need less of your medication!!
These are all things you may want to make note of before you sign up for Regular Yoga Practice. (Notice the key word here being “Regular”)….if you just do it once or every now and then you will not receive the stunning side effects! A regular practice of 2x’s a week or more is recommended for healing and brightening your energy. Further Note: Just hanging onto the yoga brochure without practicing has none of the above benefits.

Happy Returns!!! See you on the Mat!
Gianna Suarez, Owner, GoYoga Amelia Island
Basic Yoga every M,W & F 8:00am is recommended for Prime Timers. 3 x’s a week of sheer goodness.

We’re Moving!! Effective March 1

We’re delighted to announce that we’re moving to a new studio just down the road on 8th St. The new studio is conveniently located near the main shopping areas on Sadler Rd.

Official opening March 1st, with raffles, prizes, and more.

Starting Mar 1, all classes will be held at the new location at 2244 S. 8th St. in 5 Points. This is on the eastbound (inbound) side of 8th (A1A) shortly before the Sadler Rd intersection. Map:


Beachside Yoga at the Ocean Club

Our beachside yoga classes at the Ocean Club on Fletcher have been very popular. We have now expanded the classes to twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The Ocean Club location is a fantastic setting for our practice. This is why we live by the beach!

We hope you can attend at least once before the summer is out. Please bring your mat and other accessories as for normal classes. In case of heavy rain, we will hold classes in the studio. Check our Facebook page for any notices. Regular class fees apply.

Ocean Club yoga 300x225 Beachside Yoga at the Ocean Club Schedule: Mon and Wed nights at 7:00pm.

Location: The Ocean Club is located to the right of the public parking lot next to Sliders. The address is 2080 Fletcher.

Classes are held on the 2nd floor deck in the rear of the building. Come up the staircase on the right side of the building. Continue reading

AcroYoga Comes to GYAI

Recently, we were privileged to have Amy Powers and Jonas Trinidad visit us to host a special class on AcroYoga. AcroYoga is a fun practice that blends yoga and acrobatics and typically is done with partners.

One of our students, Marise Nazzaro, was kind enough to put together this cool video about the class. Please have a look!

Go Yoga Featured in July Amelia Islander Magazine

currentCover2 Go Yoga Featured in July Amelia Islander MagazineWe are delighted to report that Go Yoga has been featured in an informative Amelia Islander magazine article about yoga in our area.

It is an honor to receive such coverage and we wish to express our thanks to the Islander and to Mary Maguire, the author.

Read article (opens as pdf)

We were especially tickled by the comparison with a Navy SEAL. We wish we were so fit as those guys.

FOREVER YOUNG: Seniors Who Practice Yoga

 FOREVER YOUNG: Seniors Who Practice YogaMore and more American Seniors are taking up yoga than ever before. A recent study shows that over 16 million Americans practice yoga and 3 million are over 55. Since yoga honors the ageing process and is a lifetime journey many of the poses are modified to every body type making yoga accessible to anyone willing to step onto the mat.  Yoga is also empowering, regular practice boosts energy, increases flexibility and strength, decreases aches and pain all of which leads to a feeling of looking and feeling younger and more vital.  Research has shown that a regular practice offers tangible results to lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol, helps keep weight gain and depression to a minimum and eases chronic conditions like arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia and protects against some major killers like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Continue reading

The Meaning of Om

Mantras, sacred chants, are very  powerful. It’s believed that, just as a tiny seed contains a majestic tree, each sound contains vast amounts of spiritual resonance and creative force. One of the oldest and most widely known of these seeds is Om. 

om meaning The Meaning of OmOm is the audible expression of the transcendental and a call to the universe. It’s formal spelling is AUM, which raises up from the chest, then through the throat  and the humming of the last syllable brings the resonant sound out through a of closure of the M sound and then into silence.

Om is the “primordial seed” of the universe–this whole world, “is nothing but one vibrating sound of Om.” It is also considered to be the root mantra from which all other mantras emerge to encapsulate the essence of the many thousands of verses of Hinduism’s holiest texts. Continue reading

Sharing My Vision for Go Yoga Amelia Island

Dear Yogis & Yoginis:

I recently packed up most of my life’s belongings and left the Northeast to come down to Amelia Island and take over the Go Yoga Amelia Island studio from JP & Cassie as they moved on to pursue their dreams of expansion. I arrived on the Island for the first time in May when I came to see the studio…it was love at first sight.  The three of us bonded as we discussed our dreams for unfolding new chapters in our lives. 

I had been working in Corporate Life for over 20 years in Finance along with the last 8 years teaching yoga after work 5 days a week. The more I taught and saw the growing fans of Yoga come to deepen their practice with me the more I realized the benefit in following ones deep rooted dreams.  I have always wanted to share my broad yoga knowledge and experience with others.  I have taught in many different environments, have had privilege of studying with masters of the craft over the years both in the States, Italy, India and South America. So my eclectic background collects to form the basis of what I teach.  Continue reading