3 Reasons Chair Yoga for Seniors is Not Just for Seniors
When I started working with Cat Kabira to produce a series of chair yoga for seniors DVDs and online videos, I did so with a certain level of detachment. After all, chair yoga for seniors is for people in their 70s and 80s, right?
Boy was I wrong. After just 10 minutes of the first video in the series, I could feel my muscles working and my joints loosening.
Is Chair Yoga for Seniors Just for Seniors?
I started to realize that chair yoga isn’t just for seniors, although elderly people can absolutely benefit from the additional support. Chair yoga is for everyone. In fact, given the fact that boomers of all ages spend most of their time sitting, you could argue that we need it most.
Here are a few of the many reasons that boomers of all ages should consider chair yoga.
You’re Already Sitting – Why Not Make the Most of It?
One of the hazards of modern life is sitting. Studies have shown that sitting for extended periods of time can actually be as bad for you as smoking. One solution is to set an alarm to remind yourself to get up every hour and take a short walk. In addition, adding chair yoga to your daily routine will help to keep your joints lubricated and your body limber.
If you are already sitting, why not add a little chair yoga to your daily routine? Your muscles, joints and tendons will thank you. And, when you feel good, you will be more productive.
There is No “Right” or “Wrong” Type of Yoga for Your Age
Many people stay away from yoga because they feel that they are “too old” to get started. Picturing a 20-something woman, twisting herself into a pretzel, they stay on the sidelines, getting tired and stiff. The opposite is true for chair yoga. Since many people believe that chair yoga is just for people with mobility challenges, they think it’s not for them. Both perceptions are misguided.
The truth is that yoga is a personal journey. The only person that you are competing with is yourself. Your only goal should be to select a yoga practice that is right for your body’s unique needs and your lifestyle.
Personally, I have grown to love chair yoga. Maybe you will prefer a different kind of practice. That’s totally fine. Just don’t let stereotypes prevent you from giving your body the care and love that it deserves.
Chair Yoga is as Challenging as You Need it to Be
One of the misconceptions about chair yoga is that it is “too easy” to be effective. Well, for starters, what’s wrong with yoga being easy? Isn’t the point of yoga to connect with your body and give it nourishment and love? Who ever said that yoga had to be hard or painful to be effective?
Beyond that, chair yoga, like every yoga practice, can be as challenging as you decide to make it. In fact, I find that some of the positions in chair yoga are more challenging than their free-standing counterparts because you can really focus on one part of your body at a time.
If you are curious about chair yoga for seniors, I encourage you to take a look at our chair yoga video series. Cat Kabira is an amazing woman, filled with vitality and positive energy. Even if you decide not to try gentle yoga, I strongly encourage you to stretch throughout the day. It will make a huge difference in almost every aspect of your life.
Do you currently practice yoga? Which kind of yoga do you prefer? Do you think that people’s stereotypes about yoga prevent them from getting started? Why or why not? Please join the conversation.
Watch this short video for more information about my own personal chair yoga journey.