An Active Adult Community



Yoga in Sun Lakes goes back to the earliest days.  Mary Miller had been bedridden for a year before she began to practice yoga.  With a dramatic improvement in health, she became an advocate for yoga.  Mary offered the first Sun Lakes Yoga class in the Navajo Room at Sun Lakes country Club in 1974 and continued until an injury at age 80 convinced her to stop.  Mary turned the class over to long-time attendees Gail and Shirley Barnes in 1997.  Fourteen years later, Gail and Shirley continue a tradition of gentle yoga, still in the Navajo Room from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Over the past several years, yoga has grown in popularity both around the country and in sun Lakes.  Yoga is an ideal form of exercise for people over fifty.  Many continue yoga into their eighties and nineties.  Yoga’s focus is developing and maintaining strength, flexibility and balance, focusing on breathing and yoga poses that loosen and strengthen muscles, relieve tension and aid in maintaining balance.  People who do yoga often realize benefits immediately.

Yoga in Cottonwood began in September 2003 in the Cottonwood Palo Verde Dance Studio at various times on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Now the sessions are held in the Phoenix Room from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Yoga sessions are offered by Becky Paschal-Snyder at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church.

Yoga sessions are open to all Sun Lakes residents, both men and women.  Check times and places at each HOA.





*Cottonwood Palo Verde at Sun Lakes is an age 55 and older housing community in accordance with the Arizona and Federal Fair Housing Acts.