What’s your yoga excuse?
“I’ve never done yoga before”
“I’m too inflexible to do yoga”
“It’s all flaky hippie stuff”
“Isn’t it just for women?”
“I’ll look daft sitting on a chair and stretching”
“I bet everyone will be wearing lycra leggings and Om t-shirts. All I’ve got is my old jogging bottoms”
If you have shied away from yoga because you feel intimidated by the postures you see on the cover of magazines and /or you have made the above excuses, have a read of some of benefits of chair yoga.
1. Yoga has been shown to improve overall health. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that it can therefore lend its benefits to everyone – especially those with mobility issues.
2. An non-intimidating introduction to yoga – If you consider yourself pretty active but are new to yoga, Chair Yoga is just the thing. You don’t have to worry about getting up and down from the floor. And you will become familiar with the “language” of yoga, which will help with your comfort level if you decide to move on to a more traditional yoga practice.
3. Improved Strength – As you gain strength, you will be better able to continue with hobbies and daily activities independently for many more years to come
4. Improved Flexibility – Chair yoga can help those with mobility issues to undertake everyday activities like tying shoe laces, putting on your socks, picking things up from the floor and even getting up from the floor.
5. Improved proprioception – Proprioception is the skill of knowing where your body is in space, and coordinating your movements accurately. This is particularly important in preventing falls.
6. Reduced stress and improved pain management – Chair yoga can lessen the impact of chronic illnesses and pain. I’ll teach you some powerful, simple and effective breathing techniques that will help you feel calmer and more relaxed which will inevitably lead to a greater feeling of happiness and well-being.
7. Opportunities to meet people and socialise – These classes will also give you a chance to socialise and make friends (optional of course 😉). It may also help cope with feelings of isolation as we’re all in this together. Classes are small and personal.