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Chair yoga has been very popular at Wellington Place, and due to the current restrictions with Covid-19, we’ve moved our weekly sessions online! We spoke to qualified yoga instructor Susi Wicks from L1 Performance to learn more about chair yoga and poses you can try at home.
Chair yoga is a form of yoga that has been adapted from traditional yoga. Typically, chair yoga is practiced sitting on a chair or using a chair for support, yet still allows for twists, stretches and minor backbends.
Chair yoga is ideal for those who might not be able to take part in traditional yoga due to mobility restrictions, an injury, or those who simply don’t have the space to lay down a yoga mat and practice.
It’s a gentler form of yoga, but just like regular yoga, it helps increase body strength and flexibility, as well as promoting mindfulness and mental relaxation.
The many benefits of traditional yoga also apply to chair yoga.
Chair yoga increases mobility and encourages blood flow around the body; something which is important if you spend prolonged periods of time sitting down to work. Sitting at a desk for long periods can cause tight hips as well as a tight lower back and hamstrings. The postures strengthen the body and core which in turn help to improve posture, helping us to sit taller and relax our shoulders further down the back. It works to release tension in the wrists, arms, neck and shoulders – all areas which can hold tension when sat at a desk.
Breathing techniques used in chair yoga help to calm the nervous system and settle the ‘fight or flight’ instinct which can be triggered when we are stressed or anxious and can in turn increase blood pressure. The techniques focus on calm and a move towards ‘rest and digest’.
Anyone can give chair yoga a go!
A chair. Ideally, a stable chair that won’t move during the practice. Try and avoid chairs with armrests, wheels or swivel features.
We are hosting weekly online free chair yoga sessions every Thursday, so you can give it a go! Get first-hand guidance from Susi, and fellow L1 Performance yoga instructor Jess, who lead the sessions alternately.
For more information or to register for the virtual chair yoga sessions CLICK HERE
Thank you to yoga instructor Susi Wicks for contributing to the blog.
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