WHO CAN CHAIR YOGA HELP?

In a word — everyone.

Chair Yoga can be practiced by those who might otherwise be excluded from traditional yoga. People who are overweight or obese frequently avoid exercise either because of the physical limitations or embarrassment in a public setting. Chair Yoga, because it is performed in a seated position, is less taxing and enables students an easier entry point into the practice.

Those with other physical limitations can benefit from Chair Yoga. People recovering from lower extremity trauma or surgery, in casts or splints, can still perform the stimulating and invigorating postures. Those suffering with neuropathies or balance disorders, where traditional exercise or standard yoga practice is not appropriate can also benefit.

Seniors are perfect candidates for Chair Yoga. Seniors can enjoy the physical and mental benefits offered by this accessible form of exercise. In addition to the physical benefits—including: increased movement and range of motion, strength, and improved balance—the group setting encourages socialization.

Sitting in a chair is easier than floor postures during pregnancy. Yoga increases the oxygen levels and chair yoga reduces stress on the pelvic region.

Finally, Chair Yoga can be applied to a corporate setting. Employers have seen the benefits of an activities program, either during or after work, to increase employee productivity and reduce sick leave.