Step up close toward the front of the chair. On an inhale, lengthen your spine. On an exhale, fold forward and bring your palms onto the seat of the chair. Spend some time here breathing. If you want more of a challenge you can 'walk' in place, keeping your feet planted (slowly bend one knee and then the other). To exit, bend the knees and bring yourself back up into Mountain.
Stretches hamstrings, calves and gluteal muscles. Strengthens quads, hip flexors, abdominals and knee joints. Improves flexibility of hips and balance.
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Teaching Chair Yoga FAQs
What Shall I Tell A Student If They Are Interested In Chair Yoga?
Chair yoga is suitable for people of all levels of fitness (beginners, intermediate and advanced yogis). You’ll discover that chair yoga is more gentle than others, because it is practised sitting on a chair, or standing, using a chair for support, which helps with balance and reduces pressure on the lower joints such as the hips and knees. Even though it’s gentle yoga, you still get 100% of the benefits of traditional Yoga.
Is Chair Yoga Only For Seniors, Disabled And The Injured?
If age, disability or injury prevents you from participating in a typical yoga class Chair Yoga could be a style to consider. Though, Chair Yoga is also ideal for anyone who does a lot of sitting (e.g. desk workers, office workers, air/train travellers, car passengers), which is pretty much all of us! Everyone can and should take advantage of Chair Yoga, to experience the benefits of yoga regardless of physical limitations.
Why Is Chair Yoga Considered Gentle?
Traditional yoga poses are adapted and supported by a chair which makes them accessible to everyone. You don’t have to worry about getting up or down off the floor or standing for long periods.
Who Would Benefit From Going To A Chair Yoga Class?
Go to a Chair Yoga class if you want:
- Gentle exercise
- Physical therapy
- Support using props
- Beginner Yoga
- Senior Yoga
- Office Yoga
What Are Some Good Preparation Poses For Chair Standing Forward Fold?
Chair Yoga: Cat Cow I
Chair Yoga: Cat Cow III
Chair Yoga: Chair Sit-Ups I
Chair Yoga: Abdominal Breath
Chair Yoga: Arms In
Chair Yoga: Arms Out
Chair Yoga: Heart Centre Focus
What Are Some Good Follow-Up Poses?
Chair Yoga: Child
Chair Yoga: Blast Offs
Chair Yoga: Arms Up Toes Up