As a former corporate highflyer, Lynette knows the effects of stress and the resilience required to deal with it. For the past 10 years she’s practiced mindful yoga to relax her mind and her body. The inner peace it provides helps her immensely in her daily life - as does the community she has found at her Ryman village.
Some people start their day with coffee. For Lynette, yoga is the first thing she does every morning. She wakes, completes her stretching and breathing exercises, and “then life begins”.
Lynette has found that practising mindful yoga gives her inner strength, but it’s not the only activity she does for wellbeing. She also finds walking relaxing. In fact, her love of walking is one of the things she enjoys most about village life at Ryman – she describes the expansive grounds and beautiful gardens as “unbelievable”.
Walking can be a social activity in the village, which has helped Lynette adapt to the loss of her husband. “My husband passed away exactly a year ago, so walking was fantastic because it cheered me up to see the flowers and the gardens and meet people.”
She particularly enjoys the Monday outings with her village walking group. It’s casual - organised by one of the residents. Locations are researched, transport is organised, “and of course, there’s coffee at the end!”
Lynette describes the group as a family. One of the reasons she and her husband moved to the village was because they knew ‘one would go before the other.’ “I'm so pleased that we moved because I've had a chance to make a lot of friends. I've had a chance to get to know pretty much everyone in the village team. And everyone has been so supportive, particularly over the last year, that it's my family now.”
Lynette spent time in many places around the world before settling in New Zealand with her husband. With her global perspective it was easy for them to see the benefits of moving to a village when the time came. “A lot of people in New Zealand still believe that you're going to a rest home. They don't know the concept of a retirement village. You go there, it's beautiful. You've got facilities. You've got activities. And you don't stop living.”