Chair yoga is a form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. It is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. Almost any traditional yoga pose or move can be replicated and altered to accommodate chair yoga.
Chair yoga is a great practice for everyone. Simply put, if you can sit you can do chair yoga. And while anyone can do chair yoga, it is especially perfect for:
- Pregnant women
- Anyone who works a desk job
- Senior citizens
- People who travel a good bit, spending hours seated in a car or on a plane
- Anyone who uses a wheelchair
- Individuals struggling with any mobility issues
- Anyone recovering from various injuries or surgeries
- Someone who struggles with chronic pain, high blood pressure, vertigo, carpal tunnel syndrome, anxiety, arthritis, osteoporosis, and multiple sclerosis
The beauty of chair yoga is that is quite versatile and can be modified based on who is in the class. The chair can be used solely as a prop or it can be the place from which yoga happens. Either way, the practice can be challenging and provide a wide array of benefits to all practitioners.
There are many reasons to do chair yoga. Some of the main benefits include improved flexibility, relief from cramps and stiffness, reduced stress, improved mental state, increased strength, improved balance, strengthens personal body awareness, better concentration, reduced joint strain. Plus chair yoga is incredibly portable and convenient – you can do it at home, work, while traveling, or in a studio or gym.
So the next time you see chair yoga on the schedule, give it a try. You will be pleasantly surprised what it will do for you and your body, whether you are a seasoned yogi, a newcomer to yoga, or someone looking for an alternative to traditional yoga classes.
By Ignite Owner, Bobbi Billman