Chair Yoga & Mindfulness for seniors
Chair Yoga is a fantastic way for senior people to lubricate joints, loose and stretch painful muscles, stimulate blood and lymphatic flow, improve posture and balance.
The class is suitable for people who have difficulty getting down on the floor and prefer the support of a chair. As yoga doesn't need to be complicated to be effective, the poses are gentle and accessible to even the most elderly. Options are given depending on the level of mobility.
The class starts with joint rotations but we’ll stay seated in the chair and we do gentle forward bends, spine twists and arm and leg stretch.
We practice balance poses with one or both hands on the back of the chair as support. For younger and more active seniors we’ll just use the chair as an optional prop.
We don’t lie down on our fronts or backs like in a regular yoga class.
Most of the time, classes include breathwork exercises to increase awareness of breathing and lung capacity.
At the end of the class, we do a body relaxation before the guided meditation.
Before starting a yoga practice, a general check-up with a doctor is recommended, especially for anyone who has not exercised for some time or who has ongoing health problems such as high blood pressure, a heart condition or osteoporosis.
You should wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict your movement. Don't wear anything tight around the waist. This will bother your stomach during some of the bending or twisting movements.
Chair Yoga and Mindfulness courses for seniors are now available in Highbury and surrounding areas. Community centres, nursing homes and clubs can choose tailored courses to the needs and timetable of their communities.
Rates vary depending on course length, class duration and other requirements such as provision of yoga mats and equipment.
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The video recordings below are 45-minute chair yoga practices done on Zoom for the Blue House Club of Elizabeth House Community Center.