Exercise the Gentle Way with Chair Yoga for Seniors
If you have never experienced the benefits of chair yoga for seniors, you’re in for a treat! Over the last couple of years, I’ve become addicted to this simple, yet powerful, practice. I hope that my passion for chair yoga encourages you to give it a shot!
Why is Chair Yoga for Seniors So Powerful?
By the time you reach your 60th birthday, you have probably taken 2-million steps. If you are like most of us, you have probably also dealt with your share of injuries or illnesses. Maybe you have had a hip replacement. Or, maybe, like me, you have an experienced a broken ankle (or two). As we reach our 60s, we know instinctually that keeping fit and flexible is essential. But, most of us have little tolerance for gyms and aerobics classes.
So, what’s the alternative? Many women I know have turned to gentle yoga, which is a fantastic option for getting in shape after 60. But, what if you have mobility problems or are just feeling a bit fragile these days? Maybe it’s time to consider chair yoga.
Is Chair Yoga “Hard Enough” to Work?
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “How could sitting in a chair possible be good exercise?” Well, based on my own experience with chair yoga, I can tell you that it is surprisingly effective. Best of all, because it is so accessible, it is the kind of exercise option that you will do every single day.
Don’t Let Excuses Hold You Back from Giving Your Body the Love it Deserves!
Let’s be honest. There are hundreds of excuses that we give ourselves when it comes to starting an exercise program – even one as easy and gentle as chair yoga. Perhaps, like me, you have gained a little extra weight over the years. Or, maybe you just feel stiff and inflexible. Maybe you have an injury. Or, maybe you feel that you’re “too busy” to exercise. If anything, these are all reasons to consider chair yoga, not reasons to avoid it!
Now, the big caveat here is that everyone’s body is different, so, you should definitely check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. But, that said, I have never met a single person who has regretted starting gentle yoga – especially chair yoga.
It’s not just about the physical benefits. Chair yoga is also a great way to reconnect with your body and calm your mind.
What to Do When Gentle Yoga Doesn’t Feel So Gentle – Try Chair Yoga!
To be honest, when I started doing traditional yoga classes a few months ago, I found that I was too stiff and inflexible to enjoy the process. It felt like I lacked the balance and flexibility to do even the most basic asanas (movements). So, I got discouraged. I wanted to do the positions properly, but, even sitting cross-legged was a challenge.
Don’t forget to check out the free chair yoga video at the beginning of this article. And, if you enjoy the practice, you can always order a chair yoga DVD here.
Instead of quitting, as I might have done in the past, I decided to switch to Cat Kabira’s chair yoga classes. Wow! What a difference! Just having the chair to support me addressed many of the flexibility and confidence issues that I was having.
Now I’m ready to include other gentle yoga movements into my routine. Cat is an amazing teacher and I honestly can’t say enough good things about her approach. She genuinely understands the unique challenges and opportunities that we face as yoga students in our 50s, 60s or 70s.
Why Not Start Doing Gentle Chair Yoga Today?
If the idea of starting a new yoga program makes you nervous, I want to tell you that I completely understand where you are coming from. I felt the same way too. But, Cat’s chair yoga videos really are different. For starters, Cat Kabira takes her time. Instead of rushing through the movements, Cat helps you to connect with your body, one gentle movement at a time.
I love Cat’s gentle, reassuring voice and her focus on building confidence and self-awareness.
Cat calls this process “meeting yourself where you are” and, for me, this relieved much of the pressure.
The poses that Cat demonstrates offer an easy way to get started with chair yoga. They also provide a foundation for more advanced classes that you may take in the future. I hope that you enjoy working with Cat as much as I did. She really is an amazing instructor and woman!
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