Spotlight on Chair Yoga
Sunrise Yoga is proud to offer two Chair Yoga classes each week.
Chair yoga is a general term for practices that modify yoga poses so that they can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand for a long period of time (or at all) or who lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to reclined positions.
Many of the basic body mechanics of the individual postures are retained, no matter the stance of the practitioner. While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and backbends. 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, better sleep, and a sense of well-being.
In addition to its benefits for physical well-being, Chair Yoga also provides a great social outlet and place to make new friends. These classes are appropriate for those with MS, Parkinson’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, cancer survivors and other conditions or those who want a slower paced class.
One regular participant, Vicki Jones, has this to say about the Chair Yoga classes at Sunrise Yoga:
“Seven years ago, the MS Society and Sunrise Yoga Studio offered class sessions for MS patients to let us see how we would benefit from yoga. I am still attending these classes and they are truly beneficial for me!
Many times, I come into class using a cane to assist me with walking. I feel so good after class, however, that I have no need to use it as I leave. The many different stretches and moves we do in class help me move, walk and feel more limber. I ALWAYS feel good after class and I would recommend yoga for anyone!
And as an added bonus, I have made many wonderful friends with the other students and the instructors.”
The class is open to students who use walkers, canes, and wheelchairs. Learn more about Chair Yoga and other yoga classes available at Sunrise Yoga HERE.