When you imagine someone doing yoga, you usually think of a person on a yoga mat doing complex body-bending poses that only Cirque Du Soleil acrobats can do.
Yoga, just like its poses, is quite flexible when it comes to practicing it. You can easily do various poses just by sitting in the comfort of your chair. This is called chair yoga.
If you think you can’t sit on the floor due to joint problems or want to do some poses while you are at work then these amazing chair yoga poses will change your health for the better.
Benefits of Chair Yoga
- Improves strength—Even if you are an elderly person or have some injuries, you will notice that your overall strength has increased due to practicing yoga regularly. You will be able to do all those physical activities which you thought you had long left behind. Your mobility levels are enhanced and there is a drastic improvement in your bodily reflexes as well.
- Improves flexibility—People with issues like frozen arm or shoulder can greatly benefit from doing yoga as the stiffness will decreases thereby having more flexibility. Yoga, including chair yoga, increases a person’s flexibility twofold and no longer does a person have any nagging aches and pains if there is any stretching movements or activities to be made such as reaching down to tie shoelaces or reaching out to grab something from the top shelf.
- Reduces stress—whether you have mental stress or physical stress, yoga decreases all that with just a few simple poses done every day. It gives you mental clarity, makes you calmer and more relaxed. The tension in your mind and muscles is gone and you notice that your mood has become better.
How to start chair yoga
Here are 3 simple poses for you to start chair yoga at home or in your office:
Have both of your hands on your thighs, have a straight posture and sit tall. Exhale and have your abdominal area pull up in your spine and tuck your chin into your chest. Have your mid-back pushed towards the chair to ensure that it is as round as it can be. This is the cat pose.
When you inhale, make your belly come forward, have your back arched, sternum forward and look towards the ceiling. This is the cow pose.
Repeat this process at least 10 times by inhaling into the cat and exhaling out of the cow pose.
Place your left hand on your right thigh and have your right arm at the back of the chair. Turn to your right to look over your shoulder and hold your breath for 10 seconds. When you are inhaling, stretch your spine and exhaling, feel a twist. Exhale back to normal sitting position and repeat 5 times.
Sit at the edge of the chair and interlock your hands behind your back. When you inhale, lift your hand up and keep them away from your back. Make sure your chin is away from the chest and slightly lifted. Lower your hands down when you exhale. Repeat this process 5-10 times.
You only need to do these poses twice a day and you will start noticing a difference within a week.