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"No segment of our population can benefit more from yoga than people over 50," says author Suza Francina, Iyengar yoga instructor and director of the Ojai Yoga Center, where she specializes in classes for people over 50. The New Yoga for People over 50 shows how to adapt traditional postures to suit any age or fitness level with step-by-step instructions aimed at the older beginner. Photographs, quotes, and personal stories of yoga teachers and students--many in their 70s and older--add inspiration.

One key to modifying postures for older, stiffer bodies is the use of props that provide support to let the yoga student get into strenuous postures and hold them longer without pain or fatigue. The book illustrates how to adapt many postures with the aid of chairs, walls, wall ropes, bolsters, back-bending benches, and straps. Yoga decreases stiffness and inertia, and enhances health, energy, flexibility, posture, breathing, independence, and balance (physical and emotional). Francina explains how yoga may prevent the shortening and rounding of the spine and ward off osteoporosis. This book is an excellent companion to a yoga class or an inspiration to begin one. --Joan Price

About the Author

Suza Francina is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor with over 20 years of experience in the field of yoga and exercise therapy. Francina is the author of Yoga for People Over 50 and is director of the Ojai Yoga Center in Ojai, California, where she specializes in classes and workshops for people over 50.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558744533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558744530
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Suza Francina was born in 1949 in The Hague, Holland, and is of Dutch-Indonesian heritage. A yoga teacher since 1972, she is the author of four books on yoga for people at midlife and older: Yoga for People Over 50 (Devin Adair, 1977); The New Yoga for People Over 50 (Health Communications, Inc., 1997); Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause(HCI 2003); and The New Yoga for Healthy Aging(HCI 2007).

Suza's new book, Fishing on Facebook: A Writing Yoga Memoir is the first in a series of "writing yoga" memoirs.

Suza lives in Ojai, California, where she is a former mayor and long-time community activist. She considers her social and ecological activism to be an essential part of her daily-life yoga practice. The mother of a grown son and daughter, she is a passionate animal advocate whose family also includes several dogs and cats.

www.suzafrancina.com
www.Suzaji.com (Suza's Writing Yoga Memoirs Blog)




Customer Reviews

I love the work that Suza Francina is doing with older adults.
Janice E. Freeman-Bell
I know I will never be able to do some of the advanced poses, but it is good to see how they are done.
justme123
Francina shows you how a few simple props help you to adapt the poses to your needs.
Jim Klausen

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By S. Kelly on May 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
My aunt (a flourishing over-50 yoga devotee) recently sent me (a very stiff 33-year old beginner) a copy of Suza Francina's marvelous book, The New Yoga for People Over 50. I previously acquired Mira Mehta's authoritative How to Use Yoga, which I find quite instructive and aspire to begin using (yoga isn't as easy as it looks, folks!). However, I don't believe anything could inspire me as much as seeing and reading the testimonials of so many over-50 yoga practitioners in Francina's book; their execution of some of the more challenging postures is absolutely mind-altering!
Francina's book and her work in general are truly a blessing. Bolstered by the knowledge The New Yoga for People Over 50 has given me I have begun "converting" my mother, who frequents the weight machines at the gym. She is a fit and vibrant 54-year old, but her hectic lifestyle, which includes a six-day work week (she owns a business) needs the addition of yoga to ensure her health and longevity.
This book is a wonderful, invaluable tool for everyone, regardless of age. I hope to catch up with Francina's octogenarian students within a few years! With Francina and her students as examples, I expect I will do just that - and anyone who reads this book will be motivated to set a similar goal: feel better and live longer with yoga!
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91 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
I wish I had read the review "Yoga or Yada" before I purchased this book for my 74 year old mother. I feel the books set up is out of wack ( the bleep on breathing is in the back of the book ), and the pictures are very intimidating. I thought this book would be a little more for beginners, like the title suggests, with easy yoga poses and more detail on breathing. Instead I read and saw expert Yoga students and teachers showing off their limberness and writing of the author's greatness and their own. I would return this book to Amazon but by the time I paid for the postage it would be a waste. The Yoga book I bought for myself (The Little Yoga Book) I feel is much more appropriate for all beginners regardless of age.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Carin A. Seebold on March 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
After recently reading Amazon review by "More hype than hope", I would like to counter her negative opinion with a few positive thoughts on "The New Yoga for People Over 50" by Suza Francina.

I first read this book (and subsequently reviewed it) in 1999. My enthusiasm has not waned. This, to me, was and is the most common sense yoga book I have ever read.

Its purpose is to inform the reader about various issues affecting those over 50 and the ways yoga can help. It is a serious and helpful resource for older students and teachers who instruct seniors. The "success stories" (term used by reviewer) are meant to inspire and encourage and do not include any specifically by the author (to glorify herself as suggested by the reviewer).

Yoga classes are not "elitist" (term used by reviewer). They are commonplace in many locations and range from YMCA, gyms, senior centers, etc. Additionally, many yoga studios offer instruction for all ages and levels of ability, from beginner to advanced.

I still feel this book is an inspiration to learn and practice yoga. The models are real people, over 50, which in itself is an incentive. While some are longtime practitioners and famous teachers (like BKS Iyengar who wrote the foreward), many began yoga while in their 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's. Perhaps someday "More hype" will meet Ms. Francina in person. She is an empowering teacher as well as a talented author.
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70 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Boston Bluestocking on February 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
Beginners beware. I have been an enthusiastic yoga practitioner for 20 years and purchased this for an older friend. I had not read it but thought this would be good for the friend, a beginner with a sensitive back. She returned it to me in bafflement. On examination of the book, I understood her confusion and was disturbed by the content. Breathing, the cornerstone of the yoga discipline, is an afterthought. The poses demonstrated in the photos are not at all for the beginner, and some are positively unsafe for beginners to attempt, particularly those with lumbar or cervical injuries. This book is full of "success stories", particularly those of the author, who seems positively enchanted with herself. I understand the application of yoga for those over 50, but a different work is needed for beginners, with practical tips for home practice. Not everyone can afford, or has access to, a personal yoga instructor/studio, yet the book is based on this elitist assumption. I am left with the impression that the author is merely interested in promoting herself and her career as an instructor, rather than the well-being of older people hoping to improve their health and reap the benefits of this wonderful discipline, which a proper yoga guide would have as its focus. A pity.

Here's the book on this topic I WOULD recommend, and ultimately selected for my friend: Yoga for 50+: Modified Poses and Techniques for a Safe Practice, by Richard Rosen and Robert Holmes. As the title suggests, it is appropriate for all health concerns, suitable for beginners, with clear instructions and photos, and lacking Ms. Francisca's self-congratulatory hype and granola aura. Yoga for grown-ups. My friend is very happy with it and well on her way.
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