Back by popular demand, free senior yoga and fitness programs have returned to Carl Schurz Park after a pandemic pause, and it’s all thanks to new funding from an Upper East Side lawmaker.
“I’m so glad to bring back a program that has brought so much joy to our seniors in the neighborhood,” said Council Member Julie Menin, who announced the return of the popular programs earlier this month.
The senior yoga and fitness classes, which are open to residents 60 or older, started more than a decade ago here on the Upper East Side, to help keep our aging population active.
“Our Council District ranks 47 out of 51 in terms of open green space,” Menin says, “so it is imperative that we effectively use the little space that we have for outdoor activities.”
However, those activities came to an end when the Covid-19 pandemic began in New York City, according to Menin, who says she was contacted by many Upper East Side seniors calling on the programs to return.
“These were terrific classes with good attendance,” one person had wrote to Council Member Menin’s Office, “I had hoped that these classes would be renewed once the pandemic was under control.”
The City Parks Foundation is holding free senior yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays at the park from 10:00 am to 11:00 am through November 9th, while the fitness program is held on Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 10:00 am through November 11th.
“I am ecstatic to fund this fall programming in Carl Schurz Park for our seniors to stay socially and physically active in our community,” Menin adds.
To register for the free senior yoga or fitness classes, click here.