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Yoga for Birthday Parties? Not Just for Kids

By Christy Brock Miele 

This week, I had the honor of being a private yoga instructor for a birthday party.  Typically, I hear of yoga birthday parties being hosted for children.  What a wonderful thing, I often think, for children to come together with their friends to physically and imaginatively express themselves as an alternative birthday honor.

This party had a different target age, women in their sixth and seventh decade. This special group of 65-70 year old women gave me good reason to advocate the yoga birthday party theme for adults.  Carving out time for guests to enjoy this reflective and restorative practice can set the stage for a lovely interaction amongst friends.

Here's an short interview with the 71-year-old birthday girl:

Why did you decide to have a yoga birthday party?

Because my friends and I are of an age where we really need yoga.  It's always hard for us to work it into our schedules.  I thought it would be a good way to celebrate my birthday with my friends to do something that we like and need.

How did your birthday party with your friends turn out?

Hugely successful.  The teacher was great and much appreciated.  My friends loved the session.  Everyone was in a great mood.  We spent the rest of the evening enjoying dinner, wine and each other's company.

Did all your friends participate?

No, two did not because of prior injuries.  They joined us for dinner.

Seems like you gave your friends the "present" of "presence", yogically speaking. What did your friends bring you for a birthday present?

There's an organization in town that supports underserved children to have a summer camp experience.  I asked my friends, in lieu of bringing me a gift, to please make a donation to the non-profit, ForKids.  They brought me checks and I couldn't have been more pleased.

Would you consider incorporating yoga into another birthday celebration?

Definitely, because people enjoyed it so much.


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