42-Minute Gentle Chair Yoga Practice for Beginners and Seniors (Special Focus on Joints!)
What’s one of the most frustrating things about being women over 60? For many of us, it’s that the pain of aging joints sidelines us from the physical exercise that we once enjoyed.
Yet without regular physical activity, those same joints will deteriorate even more – in some cases, to the point of requiring surgical repair or replacement. Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place!
Do your achy joints have you limping down that road? Then please don’t take up one more step until you’ve tried working out with this joint-focused entry in Sixty and Me’s Chair Yoga for Seniors video series.
Chair Yoga after 60: A Joint Effort
In this video, our delightfully down-to-earth, down-home yoga instructor Cat Kabira will lead you through a series of joint-restoring movements. Beginning with your ankles and ending with your jaw, you’ll perform them while seated on an ordinary chair.
For anyone who’s been through joint surgery, suffers from a joint–impairing injury or illness or worries about balance, the chair’s advantages are obvious. But as helpful as it is, your real support has to come from within.
And it begins with a willingness to accept your physical limitations. That willingness is the foundation of Cat’s teaching philosophy. She always emphasizes loving our bodies as they are.
If, during the workout, some part of your body tells you it needs a bit of extra attention, don’t disagree. As Cat puts it:
“You’re listening to your body, and if you find some place where you want to hang out a little bit, you do. You press pause. You breathe. When you let yourself really unwind, that’s what your yoga practice is. It’s listening to the needs of your body and creating support.”
Rebuilding Lost Connections: Gentle Yoga for Seniors
As you age, losing touch with people you once felt strongly connected to may be inevitable. But with the help of chair yoga, losing touch with your connection to your body doesn’t have to be!
Practicing chair yoga with Cat gives you the chance to experience and accept your body as a community of interconnected parts. During the workout, she encourages you to test this for yourself while pointing and flexing your feet:
“Just notice what this feels like… You might feel your calf muscles also responding. So everything is connected in the body.”
She also bookends the video workout with five minutes of deep breathing, or Pranayama, and a 10-minute resting period, or Shavsana. They’re two more chances to connect to what’s happening within. And in today’s hectic world, how rare (and welcome) is that?
What’s happened in your life that makes you think chair yoga might be right for your joints? If you’re hesitating, what’s holding you back? Have you had any earlier yoga experience, and if so, how did it compare to Cat’s “listen to your body” approach? Let’s have a conversation!