Yoga Over 50


This class is taught by:

Lynn Maguire

Lynn added yoga to her repertoire of chronic pain management strategies in 2007 and then started thinking about how to follow her career as a Duke professor of environmental science with something that didn’t involve sitting at the computer for the rest of her life – yoga teacher! In January 2014 she completed her 200 hr certification at Blue Point Yoga, with Sarah Trelease from Portland, Oregon, and BPY’s own Sara Doyle as instructors. She has since earned a Certificate of Completion in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors from the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine and attended workshops on yoga injuries and their prevention and on yoga for a healthy back. She is most interested in adapting yoga for those who believe they are too old, too stiff, too weak, too fat, or too something else to do yoga – not true! Since completing her training she has enjoyed teaching yoga for beginners, for the desk-bound, and for older adults with a range of sensory and physical limitations.

Linda Martinez

Linda graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in sociology/anthropology; received a Masters in Library Science from Simmons College and a Masters in Education from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She is currently the engineering and computer science information specialist in Duke University's Perkins Library.

Her interest in teaching yoga grew from her diagnosis of early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 2006. As her yoga practice deepened, she is convinced that the physical and mental benefits of yoga contributed to her RA's remission.

Linda received her 200 hour yoga certification through OM Yoga. She has earned a Certificates of Completion in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors and Yoga of Awareness for Cancer from Duke Integrative Medicine. Her particular interests are in working with students who are new to yoga, or students who have physical issues that lead them to believe that yoga is not available to them. Among her classes are students who are living with cancer and others who have suffered from trauma. There is a yoga practice for every one and every body. Yoga is not about what you can't do, it is all about what you can do.

Cheryl Fenner Brown

Cheryl Fenner Brown (E-RYT 500) found yoga in 2001 as a way to ease chronic back pain and became instantly enchanted by the subtle connections between the breath, body, mind, and emotions. She has trained with master teachers from Piedmont Yoga Studio and the Integrative Yoga Therapy schools and she blends both traditional Hatha teachings and alignment principles with subtle energy work and intuitive healing. Students appreciate her deeply educational approach to yoga and her classes weave anatomy, philosophy, asana, mudra, chanting, pranayama and yoga nidra together for a well-rounded experience delivered with compassion and humor. Cheryl encourages each student to honor where they are in their bodies every time they step onto the mat so deep healing and transformation takes place.

As a yoga therapist with over 500 hours of individual client experience, Cheryl co-creates home practices that meet the lifestyle needs of her wide variety of clients. As a teacher, she has taught over 4,200 hours of public classes, workshops and retreats in studios and cancer centers nationwide, and serves on the faculty of several teacher training and yoga therapy schools. As a mentor, she helps to develop both aspiring and seasoned yoga teachers. As a researcher, her Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship study on the benefits of yoga for reducing side-effects of cancer treatment has been presented at IAYT's Symposium on Yoga Research and the Society of Integrative Oncology's annual conferences in 2015 and highlighted in Yoga Journal. Cheryl is also a published author with three Yoga Nidra CDs and a companion DVD to the cancer research available from her discography.

As we age, our bodies change. Starting with careful observation of ourselves and our anatomical differences, we'll learn what asanas work best and how to make appropriate modifications. The focus is on healthy movement at the joints, building strength and flexibility. We'll incorporate meditation, pranayama, and different sequencing to create a practice that's tailored to each student. This class is appropriate for beginners.

Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Oct 20 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Mon Oct 23 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Tue Oct 24 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Cheryl Fenner Brown
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Wed Oct 25 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Thu Oct 26 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Cheryl Fenner Brown
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Fri Oct 27 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Mon Oct 30 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Tue Oct 31 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Cheryl Fenner Brown
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Wed Nov 01 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Thu Nov 02 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Fri Nov 03 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Mon Nov 06 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Tue Nov 07 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Lynn Maguire
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Wed Nov 08 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Thu Nov 09 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Fri Nov 10 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Mon Nov 13 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Tue Nov 14 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Cheryl Fenner Brown
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Wed Nov 15 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Linda Martinez
    at Blue Point Yoga Center
  • Thu Nov 16 10:00 am - 11:15 am with Cheryl Fenner Brown
    at Blue Point Yoga Center