What’s so great about yoga? Overall, it improves flexibility, balance, and strength. Examples: You can build strength when holding a pose. Deep breathing and slow movements warm up muscles and increase blood flow. In general, here are yoga’s biggest benefits:
- Promotes better self-care
- Gets you in touch with a supportive community
- Helps manage stress
- Encourages brighter moods and increases energy
- Helps you sleep better and relaxes you
- Heart health benefits
- Ease symptoms of arthritis
- Relieve back pain
- Improve flexibility, balance, and strength
While all of that is beneficial to people of any age, it is particularly advantageous for retirement-age individuals and older. There are certain types of yoga for senior adults more beneficial and/or appropriate than others.
When it comes to yoga, there are 11 basic types:
- Anusara yoga
- Prenatal yoga
- Restorative yoga
- Yin yoga
- Bikram yoga
- Ashtanga yoga
- Kundalini yoga
- Iyengar yoga
- Hatha yoga
- Vinyasa yoga
Not all yoga types are appropriate for people 65 years of age and older. We’re going to recommend some of the best yoga types for retirement-age individuals. We will also introduce a type of yoga more appropriate for people having balance or mobility issues.
Appropriate Yoga Types For Retirement Age Individuals
For adults in their golden years, the following involves holding poses for longer periods as well as being slower-paced.
Here are the generally accepted yoga types that work best for people 65 years of age and older:
- Chair yoga (see below)
- Restorative yoga (focuses on relaxing your mind, body relaxation, and winding down)
- Hatha yoga (grounded in a physical practice, this encompasses a wide range of yoga styles)
Individuals With Lower Body Mobility Limitations – Yoga Poses
We’re going to name a few poses that would be best for someone having lower body mobility limitations. Any of these poses can be easily looked up online, so you can see an example:
- Needle pose
- Seated twist
- Forward fold
- Side stretch with band/belt
- Cat and cow
Chair yoga is exactly what it sounds like: Yoga you do while sitting in a chair. This is very appropriate for people who have balance or mobility problems. While it promotes the same benefits as does regular yoga, it’s simply safer and less strenuous.
Retirees Can Count on Regency Pointe For a Healthy Lifestyle
Even for retirees with limited mobility, yoga can be extremely beneficial. At Regency Pointe, we understand the importance of exercise and physical fitness. That’s why we provide programs, events, and activities that inspire movement, socialization, and more. Additionally, to further promote health and well-being, we provide three nutritious and delicious chef-prepared meals every day, served in a fine dining atmosphere.
To speak to a representative regarding sales and leasing, please phone 256-269-1919. For all other inquiries, phone 256-456-0016. Feel free to use our convenient online form to open the lines of communication. While we’re on the topic of your parents and assisted living, why not schedule a tour so you can show them all we have to offer?