Yoga: What is Chair Yoga?

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Just like other types of yoga the benefits are similar; an increase in energy and flexibility. The only difference is this version can be done while sitting on a chair. 

These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions. This appeals to persons with mobility issues, the elderly, obesity and those with disabilties.

Although improves overall health, it has a significant effect on persons with mobility issues.  These benefits include:

1. Get Stronger

Our loved ones will be able to continue enjoying thier hobbies and remain more independant for more years to come. If they suffered a fall or injury, increased strength will allow them to better withstand this better and sustain fewer injuries. 

2. Improve Flexibility

With increased flexibilty, range of motion will lengthen allowing them to perfom daily taks, like picking up something off the floor or standing up from a chair. 

3. Feeling Balanced

When we are balanced, we can coordinate our movements accurately and safely. This is special important for elderly persons. For persons who have disabilties like multiple scelrosis, it's important to feel physically grounded and in control of their movements. 

4. Relax.

The impact of chronic illness and pain is intense and difficult. This can make one feel isolated and worried. Being calmer and more relaxed will lead to feelings of happiness and well-being. An emotion we all could benefit from!

5. Meeting New People 

Joining classes allows you to meet and socialize with other persons. Maybe an opportunity to meet new friends. 

6. Stress & Pain Managment. 

Any kind of yoga and pranayama (breathing) techniques will help manage stress and pain. By focusing on our breath and practicing meditation, we can calmy address our situations as they arise. We are better able to cope with pain from an injury or illness we suffer from. 

Chair  Yoga is available for private and group sessions.  For more information, please contact yogawithdanielle@gmail.com