Video: Old Buckenham’s Eileen, 71, pens a new yoga book for the elderly
09:44 20 January 2014
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A pensioner who credits her health and flexibility to decades of yoga has written a book demonstrating postures and techniques for the elderly and less mobile.
Eileen Oliver, 71, from Hargham Road in Old Buckenham, has practised the relaxation technique for 40 years, and taught classes for more than 10 years.
She was also a nurse for 30 years and then worked in chiropody until she retired 18 months ago, and said her experience with older people has helped her with the book.
Yoga, Simple Stretches and Postures for the Less Able, printed by Erskine Press in Eccles and which took three years to write, features more than 260 photographs, with moves and stretches demonstrated by Mrs Oliver and two other women aged 70 and 77.
“There are lots of books on the market full of beautiful postures and beautiful models but which are totally unrealistic for people of my age or for people who aren’t as fit or flexible,” she said.
“As we’re getting older there are going to be more of us who will need to be exercising at home and this is what prompted me to put it together.”
The book describes exercises and poses suitable for all ages and abilities and also covers how to breathe correctly and develop meditation techniques.
Mrs Oliver, who lives with her husband of 51 years, and has three children and four grandchildren, said it was important to keep fit and healthy into old age.
“How do you travel or go to the shops or get on and off the bus or in and out of the bath if you’re tripping and falling or losing your balance,” she said. “Yoga is suitable for everybody provided you adjust it for your needs.”
To order the book, which costs £9.95, call 01953 860664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org