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Seniors Fitness

Come out and get active in your neighborhood park! We welcome New Yorkers 60+ to participate in free tennis lessons, yoga and fitness walking in neighborhood parks across the city. Activities in this six-week Seniors Fitness program take place twice a week and all equipment is provided.

SENIORS FITNESS

Ages 60+
Spring – Fall
Free

Seniors Fitness offers free instruction in a variety of fun activities in parks including yoga, walking, tennis and pickleball. Participants of all levels are welcome to get active and socialize. Learn more about programs below.

Registration opens in mid-April.

For more information on our Seniors Fitness program, contact sports@cityparksfoundation.org.

Generous private support for CityParks Seniors Fitness is provided by program founder David B. Pinter. Additional private support is provided by The Linda B. and Howard S. Stern Family Foundation and The Venable Foundation. Generous public support is provided by the NYC Council including Speaker Adrienne Adams, Majority Whip Selvena Brooks-Powers, Council Member Shekar Krishnan, Council Member Julie Menin, Council Member Mercedes Narcisse, Council Member Sandra Ung, and Council Member Majorie Velázquez. Seniors Fitness is also supported by NYS Assembly Member Khaleel Anderson. In partnership with NYC Parks.

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TENNIS

Learn the basics of this popular sport in your neighborhood park. Our instructors will guide you through proper techniques as you play on the court with fellow participants. All levels of players are welcome and all equipment is provided.

YOGA

Find inner peace and balance through our weekly yoga lessons. Whether you have never tried or want to keep up a regular practice, participants of all levels are welcome. By practicing yoga, participants can increase mobility and flexibility to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Get a free sample of our yoga classes below!

PICKLEBALL

Try the latest fitness craze: pickleball! This racquet-based game combines tennis and ping-pong for a fun outdoor court game. Easy to learn and played at a comfortable pace,  this sport offers a full body workout that will get you hooked. All equipment is provided. 

FITNESS WALKING

Get moving, explore your local park and meet your neighbors along the way! Our twice-weekly fitness walking program takes participants on group walking excursions to add some healthy movement to their routine.

 

YOGA WITH CITYPARKS PLAY

Hatha Yoga
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Hatha Yoga with CityParks Play Instructor Peggy Hill

This mat Hatha yoga class is customized for 60+ participants and focuses on stress reduction, flexibility, strength, concentration, and resilience. It includes integrated breath practice and relaxation. Led by Peggy Hill, representing Pelham Bay Park (Bronx).

Yoga with Ruth Vargas
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Beginner Yoga with CityParks Play Instructor Ruth Vargas

This beginner yoga class focuses on a variety of poses and techniques. Led by Ruth Vargas, representing Roy Wilkins Park (Queens).

Chair Yoga 1
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Chair Yoga Class 1 with CityParks Play Instructor Lois Heitner

This chair yoga class is designed to help develop strength and flexibility with the support of a chair. We will also explore breathing techniques to help both calm and energize the soul, and deep relaxation to complete our practice. This class is good for those with limitations or injury. Led by Lois Heitner, representing Soundview Park (Bronx).

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Chair Yoga Class 2 with CityParks Play Instructor Lois Heitner

This chair yoga class is designed to help develop strength and flexibility with the support of a chair. We will also explore breathing techniques to help both calm and energize the soul, and deep relaxation to complete our practice. This class is good for those with limitations or injury. Led by Lois Heitner, representing Soundview Park (Bronx).

Yoga 1 with Richard
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Beginners Yoga Class 1 with CityParks Play Instructor Richard Barcia

This class is focused on proper alignment, breath work and an introduction to a variety of beginner yoga poses. Led by Richard Barcia, representing Carl Schurz Park (Manhattan), JJ Walker Park (Manhattan), and Williamsbridge Oval (Bronx).

Yoga 2 with Richard
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Beginners Yoga Class 2 with CityParks Play Instructor Richard Barcia

This class is focused on proper alignment, breath work and an introduction to a variety of beginner yoga poses. Led by Richard Barcia, representing Carl Schurz Park (Manhattan), JJ Walker Park (Manhattan), and Williamsbridge Oval (Bronx).

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Woody Mann (left) with his wife Valerie Lettieri Mann and CPF Board Vice Chair, David Pinter. Mann and Pinter are holding guitars, and everyone is smiling for a group photo.
Woody Mann (left) with his wife Valerie Lettieri Mann and CPF Board Vice Chair, David Pinter

In Memoriam: Seniors Fitness Supporter Woody Mann

City Parks Foundation mourns the passing of world renowned guitarist Woody Mann; our dear friend and loyal supporter of our Seniors Fitness program.

 

Woody will be remembered by the entire CPF family for his artistry, his kindness, and as a steadfast friend of our Board Vice Chair and founder of the Seniors Fitness program, David Pinter. Woody gave both his time and extraordinary musicianship generously by supporting our Seniors Fitness Benefit since the event’s inception 15 years ago.

 

A modern master and devoted teacher, Woody first studied guitar in the living room of the legendary blues, gospel, and ragtime guitarist, Reverend Gary Davis. Woody later paid tribute to his mentor by co-producing “Harlem Street Singer”, the award winning feature documentary on the life of Rev. Davis.

 

We will miss him dearly.

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