The Woodlake is Sacramento’s newest senior living community. The Woodlake will offer independent living, assisted living, and memory care services. As part of our holistic approach to senior care, we also offer one on one personal training and group fitness classes, including yoga classes. Learn more about the benefits of yoga and how you can participate in yoga and other fitness classes at The Woodlake!
Benefits of Yoga for Seniors
Yoga is a centuries-old practice that has proven health benefits for people of all ages. Take a closer look at the benefits of yoga for seniors.
1. Yoga can reduce stress and hypertension
A 2015 study published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that women who participated in a one-hour yoga class twice a week reported greater reductions in anxiety after an 8-week period. This isn’t surprising given that yoga induces the relaxation response effectively changing the way our bodies respond to stress. Instead of responding to stressful situations with an increased heart rate and tense muscles, yoga helps us to lower blood pressure and reduce the heart rate — even in the face of a potential threat or ongoing stress.
2. Yoga can improve balance and reduce the risk of falls
Yoga is a practice comprised of slow, measured movements that build strength. Practicing yoga regularly can help you achieve better balance and even prevent falls that are more common with age. Additionally, yoga tones muscles, and improves proprioception (spatial awareness), building strength and confidence.
3. Yoga protects the joints from the effects of aging
Yoga can help seniors living with arthritis as practicing yoga regularly actually lubricates the joints and can prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis. Yoga is also a good way for seniors who already have carpal tunnel and arthritis to exercise, reducing the effects of the conditions, and improving joint function.
Personal Training for Seniors at The Woodlake
In light of the many benefits of yoga for seniors, The Woodlake will be offering Chair Yoga. The class is appropriate for all ages and all skill levels. In addition to yoga, all residents will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one instruction from our personal trainer.
Patrick Reynoso is the personal trainer at The Woodlake and has been training, coaching, and teaching clients for over four years. Focused on how movement, fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle choices affect overall health and well-being, Patrick provides a holistic approach to fitness that greatly benefits our residents. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and a B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science from Fresno State, Patrick has worked with clients of all ages and abilities, helping them improve strength, lose fat, and improve overall cardiorespiratory endurance.
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