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Long Island Yoga Instructor Uses Skype To Reach Seniors

FILE (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

FILE (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – For some seniors it can be difficult to get to the gym. Now luckily,┬áseniors in North Hempstead have a new way to exercise.

Mike Mancini is a yoga instructor who is using technology to reach out to seniors who need some help with a few exercise tips.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall gets details on the new exercise program for seniors

Mancini works out of the town hall building, reports WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall, and through the use of Skype he is able to reach seniors across town and show strengthening moves.

“The arthritis, your pain in your hands or whatever, by moving you can actually relieve that stress and pain,” said Mancini.

Does the system work? Two seniors who are doing the program, Hazel and Sheldon Pactman, say yes.

“I feel as if I am doing something for my body. Most of the time I’m not an exercise person, I’m like Elizabeth Taylor… I hate exercising. So, this is a great opportunity. You don’t have to leave the house,” said Hazel Pactman.

The yoga classes are part of the town’s senior initiative called ‘Project Independence.’

Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman told Hall the yoga class isn’t just for the exercise. “Couple different benefits here… of course there’s the physical component of it but it’s also the socialization. They’re actually doing it in a group even though they’re in their own home. And they feel like they’re part of the larger community.”

What do you think of this “virtual” exercise class? Any other tips for working out at home? Share below!