Every Tuesday afternoon as many as 25 people join Nora van Houten as she leads a chair yoga class at the . The class began in August 2009.
van Houten said she follows the methods of Lakshmi Voelker. Members of the class have visited tyhe Kripalu center in Lenox, Mass. where they got a more enlightened underdstanding of what they atre doing.
Class member Lucille Kessler said the exercises in the class help participants relax, improve their flexibility and ease the pains of ailments such as arthritis.
The class is offered for free and at the senior center because yoga is an exercise that the participants might not have experienced otherwise, van Houten said.