The person in the image above is obviously an experienced yoga enthusiast and may be how many unfamiliar with yoga visualize what a yoga enthusiast should look like.
The person in the image above is also a yoga enthusiast. She may not perform the same poses as the person in the first image, but she’s a yogi, nonetheless.
Yoga can be made accessible for just about anybody and any body. At Sunrise Yoga, Chair Yoga is offered twice per week so that even those with special health conditions have access to yoga classes. According to Wikipedia, “It (Chair Yoga) is in the process of being recognized formally as a type of yoga distinct from other types, such as Iyengar Yoga or Ashtanga yoga,” an indication that the need for this level of yoga exists.
“Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that can be done sitting on a chair or standing on the ground while using the chair for support,” says Kate Dusek, CHWC, LRT, in healthysetgo.com. She continues with, “It is beneficial for people with limited mobility and for those who want to practice yoga at their workplace.” So, while Chair Yoga in the studio may be for those unable to participate in other class levels, Chair Yoga can be beneficial for anyone who sits for extended periods of time and for those who simply want to work in a bit more yoga outside of the routine yoga practice!
At Sunrise Yoga, Chair Yoga classes are appropriate for those with special health conditions, those who want a slower paced class, or those who are looking for a beginner level class. The class is appropriate to students who use walkers, canes, and wheelchairs.
Most of the class activity is performed seated in a chair. For those who are able, some standing (with support) and floor movements may be given. For those who are unable, alternate poses appropriate for remaining seated will be given.
Joanne Spence, BSW, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and RCYT, writing for Yoga Alliance, lists 10 reasons for trying Chair Yoga:
10. Chairs don’t take up much floor space.
9. Chairs are easy to come by.
8. Chairs are accessible to anyone who can sit.
7. The quality and range of movement one can achieve from sitting in a chair is surprising.
6. A chair can be a great prop.
5. Chairs are a great aid to posture.
3. Chairs slow you down.
2. Using a chair is humbling. Practicing in one is good for the ego.
1. Using a chair allows REAL people to do REAL yoga.
“The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of your body allowing you to take full advantage of yoga’s amazing fitness and health potential,” notes Lakshmi Voelker, founder of Get Fit Where You Sit™. The key is to work with your body where and how your body exists.
Those who participate in Chair Yoga may see improved range of motion and flexibility, involvement in a social activity, strengthened muscles and joints, and reduced stress. The classes at Sunrise Yoga include yoga poses for the body, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques.
Do you know someone who could benefit from Chair Yoga? Encourage them to visit Sunrise Yoga and try a class! It may change more than you might imagine!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions and/or if you need additional information.