Yoga is a full-body workout and is easily adaptable so that all skill levels can enjoy a calming, yet powerful, practice session. For seniors looking for a safe, effective way to build strength and improve their overall physical wellness, yoga may be the right choice. Learn more about yoga, the different types available and what they can do for your health.
Yoga is a relaxing workout consisting of physical motions, stretching, meditation and breathing exercises. It is often used to eliminate stress and enhance a sense of self-awareness. Yoga can be practiced at any time and anywhere, and is great for all skill levels, making it easily accessible for all seniors. Here are some different yoga practices to explore:
While yoga is typically done on a mat, other types, like chair yoga, can be just as effective. Chair yoga is a practice where all movements are done while sitting, making it perfect for seniors that need a little more support while exercising. Not to mention that chair yoga promotes independence and the mission to become stronger, which can help with falls or brittle bones. Additional benefits of chair yoga include:
By practicing yoga for as little as 20 minutes a day, many notice a positive difference in body and mood. Yoga is all about connecting the mind and body and is an incredibly relaxing way to stay active while not adding physical strain or pressure to the body.
Mentally, yoga can alleviate stress, combat anxiety, increase body awareness and promote a more restful night’s sleep. Also, yoga can be communal — ask your senior living community to incorporate different yoga practices into the monthly activity calendar so you can enjoy the practice with your friends.
Independence Village understands the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle. See what other community activities we have implemented into our monthly calendar to keep you moving and healthy.