WHAT IS CHAIR YOGA?
Chair yoga is an accessible exercise class attended by people of all ages and conditions.
The term 'Chair Yoga' can have strong connotations. But I'm not religious or incapacitated you might be thinking? Allow me to set a few things straight. Firstly, yoga is not a religious practice. The term simply refers to the mind-body connection, an aspect that sets yoga apart from other movement modalities. Secondly, you don't have to be weak or in bad health to practice yoga in a chair although due its accessible nature it lends itself to a wider audience. My classes are gentle in nature but options are given to tailor the practice to your needs so you can work as much or as little as you like.
My teaching is aimed at beginners so it is assumed you will not have prior yoga experience. However, if you have attended yoga classes before you will recognise elements such as mindful breathing and modified sun salutations. There is a strong focus on maintaining and enhancing mobility, strength, coordination and balance, as well as opportunities for relaxation through breathwork and meditation.
IS THIS CLASS FOR ME?
Our bodies require continued exercise to stay strong and supple. Use of a chair in seated and standing exercises ensures continued access to yoga and movement as we age and our bodies change. There really is no excuse not to keep moving!
Chair yoga is suitable for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, osteoporosis, high/low blood pressure, joint replacements, cancer, recent injury, cardiovascular disease, asthma, diabetes, chronic pain, reduced mobility as well as behavioural and mental health conditions.
Has it been a while since you exercised and you're unsure where to start?
Are you looking for a class where you won't be pushed beyond your limits or struggle with the pace?
Do you have a pre-existing condition that makes attending a studio or gym class challenging?
Are you interested in meeting like-minded people and extending your social circle?
Does practicing in a safe and judgment free environment appeal to you?
Would you like to learn techniques to help you breathe better and manage stress?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you're an ideal candidate for chair yoga!