Monday, March 20, 2017

Don't Let The Name Fool You: Why Chair Yoga May Be For You

Chair Yoga

In this class we will do modified gentle yoga poses while seated and supported in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who have difficulty/discomfort standing or lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions on the floor. While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and mild backbends.  Also ideal for people pre and post joint replacement, those with arthritis, vertigo or people in rehabilitation and physical therapy.
In addition to a good stretch, chair yoga participants can also enjoy other health benefits of yoga, including improved muscle tone, better breathing habits, reduction of stress, improved proprioception, better sleep, and a sense of well-being.

Don't let the name fool you, chair yoga can meet the needs of a wide variety of practitioners. Those with experience, those who are just beginning and those who are post injury are all good candidates for trying this class. Some of the feedback from students so far includes: 

-Nice stretch
-That felt good
-I really enjoyed that
-It didn't hurt my knee/hip/shoulder
-I was really surprised by how much I can get out of a chair yoga class
-It was great to be able to move, bend and stretch without pain or discomfort

Yoga is not a one size fits all practice and chair yoga is another great example of that at Shree. This class is gentle and supportive, while still engaging your muscles, to help you get a full practice without stressing your body. 

Join Susan Walsh on Wednesday's from 11:15 to 12:15 pm for chair yoga. On March 22nd bring your parent or grandparent to class and YOU get to take the class for free!