What Props do I HAVE to have for Senior Yoga Classes

Props will vary depending on the level of the class and the fitness of the students.

For a very gentle class with older students with fragile bodies:

  • you should check for wall space,
  • items that may trip someone,
  • flooring, and
  • chairs.

Often in retirement villages or aged care homes, the walls are not available because of the many pictures. Poses against the wall won’t be available with very crowded wall space.

But because it is a retirement village (or aged care home), the chairs will be very sturdy and heavy. A lightweight folding chair is not an acceptable chair for this group. They often will grab the chair to keep themselves from falling or tripping. If there are polished wood floors (which is unlikely), bring some mats to anchor the chairs so they won’t slide on the floor.

Often the meeting rooms in retirement villages and aged care homes are quite full of furniture and can be difficult to navigate. If you can move some furniture to get a clear space for the class then you have reduced the probability that someone could trip.

I bring blocks, straps, and tennis balls to these types of classes:

  • straps can help with alignment,
  • blocks to press between the knees to work the quads and
  • tennis balls to increase foot flexibility.

For a gentle chair class, then the same information applies about walls, flooring, and room to move. Usually in this group, they are more fit and can manoeuvre better. They still need:

  • a very sturdy chair,
  • the ability to use the wall for poses if possible,
  • will have a mat and may use it for some poses if they can get up and down from the floor.

Again blocks, belts, and tennis balls can be helpful with poses.

For students in a mat class,

  • A mat. I like students to try different kinds of mats during balance poses to challenge them. So having thick squishy mats, as well as very thin and medium thickness mats is helpful.
  • For kneeling poses, a squishy (I cut up a cheap yoga mat that was quite thick) pad for people with knee issues is helpful.
  • You can also fashion a wedge for people that have wrist issues from the squishy mat pieces.
  • Blankets can be very helpful during winter as they lay on the floor in savasana.
  • Chairs should be more substantial than flimsy folding chairs. These students are in better shape but still need something that is stable.