3 Reasons Chair Yoga is Great for Seniors
If the idea of getting down on the floor to do anything reminds you of those old “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercials, you may think yoga is not for you.
Chair Yoga is Amazing for Seniors
The truth is that yoga can benefit anyone, regardless of age, inflexibility or even disability. There’s a saying among yoga teachers that “If you can breathe, you can do some form of yoga.”
For those who can’t get on the floor to do a traditional mat yoga class, chair yoga offers wonderful health benefits. Here are a few of the many benefits that chair yoga offers to seniors:
Few people stop to think about the fact that relaxation is a skill. We tend to assume that we are not relaxed because the circumstances of our lives are too stressful. We may tell ourselves that we will relax after the mortgage is paid or after a family member completes chemotherapy. The truth is that everyone’s life always contains some tension-inducing problems. So we must learn how to relax.
Like any other skill, relaxation can be cultivated through learning and practice. A good chair yoga instructor will start by teaching you yoga breathing skills which you can use not only during class but anywhere, anytime you need to decompress.
Some people assume loss of flexibility is inevitable with aging. This is a misconception. Flexibility actually works on the “use or lose it” model. You can improve your flexibility at any age. People who start taking yoga in their 60s, 70s, 80s or even 90s find that they regain flexibility in their joints, connective tissues and muscles. Those who continue taking yoga over the long term even report that they not only regain lost mobility, but often become more limber than in their younger years.
Reduce or Even Eliminate Insomnia, Arthritis and Constipation
Most chair yoga participants report that after one to three months of regular weekly classes, they sleep better at night. Many senior chair yoga students who previously experienced chronic constipation have more regular bowel movements without medication. Pain from arthritis, sciatic, chronic back ache and other conditions also tends to decrease or in some cases even disappear with yoga practice.
Have your say! Have you ever tried chair yoga? What was your experience? What benefits did chair yoga bring to your life? Please add your thoughts in the comments section below and remember to check out our chair yoga video series that we filmed in beautiful Bali specifically for you!