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Senior Yoga: Chair-Yoga, Mobility & More

Posted by Village Green Team on Apr 1, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Have you tried goat yoga? What about Bikram? Yoga is more popular than ever before, leading to a broad offering of styles and intensities. Yoga doesn’t have to be an intense and exclusive club. More seniors are turning to yoga each year. The number of seniors who report yoga as part of their daily routine has been steadily increasing for decades but has blossomed into increasing popularity, according to the 2016 Yoga in America Study.

Senior Yoga: Chair-Yoga, Mobility & More

Yoga and wellness classes at Village Green in Federal Way, WA, are popular calendar staples. Many of our residents are continuing a life-long yoga practice, but even more, are finding yoga for the first time in our community. We enjoy introducing our residents to new things, almost as much as we enjoy reuniting them with lifelong passions. Our wide array of offerings includes exercise classes, game nights, shopping trips, and educational and intellectual opportunities, so there is always something exciting going on.  Enrich your life by choosing our thriving community to be your new home.

Why Should Older Adults Consider Yoga?

Active lifestyle choices are an essential part of a well-rounded life. It is vital to keep moving; how you choose to do is much less important. Yoga is an excellent option for physical and mental health, which makes it efficient and rewarding—many people from all walks of life report that they benefit from regular yoga. 

The positive results are evidenced in various measurable health and wellness metrics such as blood pressure and quality sleep. One can realize these benefits at any age, but more importantly, they address many common difficulties seniors report. Benefits of yoga include:

  • Increased mobility
  • Reduced pain
  • Decreased symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased core and body strength
  • Improved sense of wellbeing
  • Decreased blood pressure

Best Types of Yoga for Older Adults

Seniors may choose to sweat it out in hot yoga or practice faster-paced and more intense styles of yoga. If a senior is a yoga beginner or facing new mobility challenges, gentler, more versatile types of yoga are usually better suited. Here are a few gentle yoga styles to consider for seniors:

  • Hatha Yoga- Hatha Yoga focuses on improving and building core strength through various poses.
  • Restorative Yoga- This gentle method focuses on creating calm and relaxing sensations. It is about stillness and breath, which creates good habits that translate into daily life.
  • Chair Yoga- Chair yoga supports the core so that people with limited or reduced mobility can safely tend to their body systems with yoga.
  • Yin Yoga- This type of yoga features slow, flowing movements and sustained poses, making it easily adaptable.

How to Prepare for Yoga Class

If you’ve never been to a yoga class before, consider checking out a few books or videos online to familiarize yourself with some of the standard poses. Don’t worry if you don’t know about a pose, resolve to try your best, and remember that your instructor is there to model good form and help you. If you’re feeling nervous, take a breath! Yoga classes are usually very kind to beginners!

Here is a checklist to help you prepare for a yoga class. It’s short because you don’t need much. That’s one of the best things about yoga!

  • Dress in comfortable clothes that give you a full range of motion
  • Hydrate! Have water handy.
  • Yoga mat- Customize your yoga space with an attractive yoga mat. 

Tips to Adapt Yoga for Seniors

It can be tempting to push yourself to meet the old expectations of your body. If you’re new to yoga or returning after a pause, you may need to use some tools to adapt your practice to meet yourself where you are.

Do not try to mirror everything the instructor does precisely. Everyone is working with a different range of mobility. Don’t push it! Honor your limits and stop when you feel a gentle stretch. You won’t get better results by pushing harder.

Use tools. Various simple and readily available items can make yoga easier for anyone with reduced mobility. An experienced yoga teacher can help you choose the right tools and place them appropriately. 

  • Towel or resistance band: This extends your reach and allows you to hold your limbs in place without grasping them.
  • Pillow: (Can also be a folded towel.) A cushion can support and stabilize an area to target another region.

Village Green Senior Living Supports Wellness and Vitality

Village Green Retirement Community offers a vibrant and evolving array of living options for active seniors in Federal Way, WA. Our enticing amenities and enrichment opportunities nourish every aspect of our residents’ life. We cannot wait to welcome you home. Reach out today to learn more about our options or check our availability.

 

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