Chair yoga offer the same benefits as a Floor yoga. The difference being that not all poses to regular Yoga can be practiced while sitting in a chair so some very minor level of benefit may be lost from one pose but can be found in another.
We offer chair yoga for people who are elderly, physically disable, office workers, and people with weight issues
Elderly people – particularly those living in aged care facilities, have little reason to lift their arms above their head. The gentle practice of Chair yoga gives them opportunity to awaken many parts of their body that may have been neglected for years and gets their blood flowing.
Weight issues – like obese are often unable to manage floor posture, so chair yoga can be great place for them to start moving and connecting with their body.
Office workers – People who work in offices and sit at desk all day can practice chair yoga postures to get their blood flowing and recharge their energy without needing to find the space and privacy they would need to practice regular Yoga.
Physical disable – People who are chair bound or otherwise physically disable can begin to experience the wonderful benefits of Yoga by remaining seated and only using the parts of their body that are movable. This helps to strengthen those active body parts, improves general health and provide a great sense of achievement and body connection.
Recovery program – The chair yoga is also wonderful and very gentle addition to a recovery program for anyone who is recuperating from an accident or convalescing from illness.
Benefits of Yoga Compared to other forms of exercise
Parasympathetic nervous system dominates
Subcortical regions of brain dominate
Slow dynamic and static movement
Normalization of muscle tone
Low risk of injuring muscles and ligaments
Low caloric consumption
Effort is minimized, relaxed
Energizing (breathing is natural or controlled)
Balance activity opposite muscles groups
Awareness is internal (focus is on breath and infinity)
Limitless possibility for growth in self-awareness
Sympathetic Nervous System dominates
Cortical regions of brain dominate
Rapid forceful movements
Increased muscles tensions
Higher risk of injury
Moderate to high caloric consumption
Effort is maximized
Fatigue (breathing is taxed)
Imbalance activity of opposing groups
Competitive, goal orientated
Awareness is external (focus is on reaching toes, reaching the finish line, etc)