Many of the benefits associated with a consistent Yoga practice can be attained through Chair Yoga. Some of Yoga's positive effects include improving strength, flexibility, balance, and mobility, as well as reducing tension, alleviating chronic pain, and injury prevention. The Chair, like any other prop, is there to assist and support you in your Yoga practice.
We recommend a sturdy Chair with no armrests or wheels, such as a dining room Chair. To ensure proper alignment, your thighs should be parallel to the floor so that you feel stable, grounded, and in control of your movement.
If your knees are pointing upward or downward when seated in your Chair, place a folded Blanket underneath your seat or beneath your feet.
Generally, Chair Yoga is considered to be lower risk and lower impact compared to other styles of Yoga. If you are pregnant or rehabilitating from an injury, Chair Yoga may be a suitable option for you. Nonetheless, we recommend you consult a doctor or physical therapist to clear you for exercise.
As a Chair provides extra support, seniors can feel more comfortable enjoying the benefits of Yoga. Along with improving mobility and balance, the Chair can make intimidating moves such as Downward Facing Dog, Triangle, and Warrior poses (to name a few) more accessible. Furthermore, Yoga is known for reducing chronic pain, such as arthritis, commonly found amongst aging populations.
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