THEY may be in their 90s but residents of a care home are out to prove you are never too old to boost your fitness by taking part in yoga.

Chair-based yoga has been introduced at St David’s Residential Home in Rhyl.

The weekly sessions have become so popular that even staff are joining in to fight old age and boost their flexibility.

The eldest resident taking part in the classes, run by professional yoga teacher Alison Jones, is Betty Waller, who is 98.

Joan Mitchell, activities co-ordinator, said: “The experience is so relaxing and calming that many of the residents enjoy a snooze post-workout while others are buzzing with energy.

“I don’t think we will be moving on to the floor anytime soon but we’ve definitely seen a big improvement in our flexibility and movement.

“It really quietens down the spirit and the residents are calmer and more relaxed afterwards, especially those with dementia.

"Many have a sleep after the session.”

As well as chair-based yoga, residents at the care home enjoy gardening and singing.

Joan added: “The residents were a bit tentative at first, but they are trying really hard and practising getting their breathing right.”

Mario Kreft, chairman of Care Forum Wales, said: “I applaud the team at St David’s for their fresh thinking and commitment to positive living.

“Some of the residents have been surprised at just how quickly they’ve loosened up.”