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There’s no pretension here; just you and the chair and maybe a block or two. Humbleness is good. Neither chairs nor yoga has the corner on the market when it comes to relaxation. There are many ways to practice, relax and meditate. However, if you have never tried yoga, chair yoga is a great way to start.
The benefits are similar to those we can reap from other types of yoga — like reduced anxiety and an increase in energy and flexibility. The only difference is this new version can be done while sitting on a chair. Yes, sitting. The benefits of doing chair yoga in the middle of a busy workday are plentiful as well. Yoga is a physical exercise as well as a mindfulness practice, which can help reduce stress and get new energy flowing throughout your body just when you feel like you’re about to crash.
Chair yoga is often misunderstood to be an age-specific practice. The truth is that we would all be better off with a few chair yoga sequences under our belt, especially where back care is concerned. In an age where long hours are spent sitting at a desk, in a meeting, or traveling by car or plane, none of us are exempt from its practical benefits. Chair yoga is a great choice for beginners who are interested in trying yoga for the first time. It is a safe and accessible practice for anyone, of any age, and particularly for those who are living with physical limitations.
Learning chair yoga sequences are also extremely valuable for anyone whose lifestyle requires long hours of sitting. We live in an age where long periods of sitting occur whether you want them to or not, and hopefully I do not have to convince you that learning some chair yoga sequences will equip you with a number of creative and preventative tools to alleviate back and neck discomfort, keep your joints well-oiled and your blood circulating properly, and reduce muscle tension and atrophying.
You’d be surprised, probably even a bit fascinated, to learn how many yoga poses and sequences can be adapted to a seated chair practice. Whatever your age or flexibility level, you can gain all of the benefits of yoga without the mat.
I hope you pull up a chair and join me.