Yoga-cize in 2010!

Friendly Wheels, Issue 26
March 2010

By: Fran Hetzner, Amigo Mobility

altRecently, I began to notice subtle but distinctive changes in a good friend of mine. Kathie is my very tolerant watercolors' instructor, 70+ years old, and sharp as a tack. She is more than fun and attends Curves on a regular basis. Seeing her clothes drape her frame in a more flattering fit and her eyes sparkle and complexion glow, I asked her what she was up to.

Her immediate response was brief and to the point, "Yoga. You need to try it." While I haven't yet, the benefits are outwardly and inwardly (as you'll read below) apparent.




Keeping an exercise routine intact is important, but especially so as people age. Stretching is always helpful for the body. Yoga is a great way to calm your body, and stretch your muscles. Even better, it's accessible to people with disabilities.

Shelley Sidelman (yogabilityandyou.com) is a yoga therapist (her students with MS attend class regularly) who has been in private practice, since 1995. "My soft and gentle approach to yoga is both therapeutic and rehabilitative. I combine simple breathing, relaxation and stretching techniques that will enable you to reduce pain, increase circulation and improve your flexibility."

An excerpt taken from Yoga Resources For People With Disabilities by Kim Donahue, Disaboom.com, cites the following benefits on practicing yoga from the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD):


  • Digestive system, as the bending and stretching poses stimulate the digestive system
  • Cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary systems (also known as your heart and lungs!), as the more active poses increase heart rate and lung capacity through aerobic activity
  • Lymphatic system (essentially, the primary component of your immune system), which needs strong muscles and active interaction among the lungs, diaphragm, and thorax to stay strong
  • Skeletal and muscular systems, which benefit from yoga's focus on proper alignment, flexibility, and muscle-strengthening

One of the best free sources of information on the benefits of yoga is the NCPAD's Web site section, "Yoga for Individuals with Disabilities." Visit it today!

Make yoga a lifestyle change in 2010. I will...if you will. Let me know at fhetzner@myamigo.com.


Read more Friendly Wheels articles here.

News Flash

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

Friendly Wheels, Issue 121

June 2018

Carrie Rostollan, a longtime member of the Amigo family, recently visited our Bridgeport facility for the Amigo Mobility Center open house. She shared with us some of her upcoming summer plans and entertained us with her magic tricks! Discover more about Carrie's 'magical' adventures.

How Writing Helped One Amigo Owner Connect

How Writing Helped One Amigo Owner Connect

Friendly Wheels, Issue 120

May 2018

Last summer Sister Karen Zielinski came to visit us at our headquarters in Bridgeport, Michigan. Sister Karen is a Sister of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio. Be sure to check out the Sisters' online store and learn more about Sister Karen.

The Difference Amigo Can Make

The Difference Amigo Can Make

Friendly Wheels, Issue 119

April 2018

In this edition of Friendly Wheels, we get to meet Becky Jackett and learn a little bit about her story and how her Amigo helped her get home a week early from the hospital.

Amigo Mobility Blog

       amigo-material-handling-image.jpg