In chair yoga, one of the gentlest types of yoga, a chair replaces the mat and gives students who may not have felt comfortable in a traditional yoga class the chance to experience all of the benefits of the
practice. Relaxation, meditation, breathing and asana can all be a part of the practice.
“Chair yoga IS yoga. The chair is simply a prop, no different from a block, strap or bolster,” said Joe Kaufman, who will teach an upcoming Chair Yoga workshop at Valley Vinyasa in April.
Chair yoga has become popular in senior centers and as a way to introduce disabled students to the practice. Poses are adapted with the chair being used as an extension of the body for stability and balance. Forward bends, cat-cow stretches, twists and even vinyasa can be performed from the support of a chair.
In addition to older people, types of students who benefit from chair yoga are:
The benefits of chair yoga track those of regular yoga: improved range of motion, body awareness, strength, flexibility and lowered stress.
Valley Vinyasa will offer the workshop on chair yoga on April 11 from 1:30 to 3:30 with Joe Kaufman.