The Woodlake is Sacramento’s newest senior living community, opening early 2020. The Woodlake will offer independent living, assisted living, and memory care services. As part of our holistic approach to senior care, we are also offering Chair Yoga, taught by Stephanie Dodds, our very own Sales Manager who is well trained in holistic nutrition and fitness. Learn more about the benefits of yoga and how you can participate in Chair Yoga with 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.
Free Yoga Classes for Seniors
In light of the many benefits of yoga for seniors, The Woodlake will be offering Chair Yoga. Taught by Stephanie Dodds, Sales Manager at The Woodlake, the class is appropriate for all ages and all skill levels.
Stephanie is a yoga instructor who is passionate about holistic health and wellness for seniors. She teachers Restorative Yin Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Vinyasa Flow. She has two 200-hour Yoga Alliance certifications and over 15 years of experience in the wellness industry as a coach, health educator, EFT practitioner, and holistic nutritionist.
The class will be every Wednesday morning at 10:00 am in the chapel at the First United Methodist Church, starting on September 18. Please RSVP to 916-446-5025 to hold your spot. We can’t wait to see you on the mat!
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