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5 Reasons to Do Chair Yoga

Jul 24, 2012

Pull up a chair. Sit down. Listen up. We’ve got something new on tap for you – Chair Yoga. If you haven’t tried it before, I suggest you get acquainted. Here’s why.
  1. Chair Yoga is highly accessible practice. It’s appropriate for all levels and all ages, beginners included. All you need is your lovely self and a chair. Doesn’t get much easier than that!
  2. Chair Yoga can be practiced anywhere i.e. in the office, in the airport, at home, in the car, watching TV, at the beach, at a desk, etc. Wherever you find yourself in a chair, there is potential to whip out some Chair Yoga poses.
  3. Chair Yoga is a highly restorative practice. For those in recovery from injury or illness, this practice is perfect for you. It’s calming, healing, supportive, and safe.
  4. Chair Yoga decreases stress and releases tension. It’s a great tool to have on hand when you’re in a high stress environment i.e. the office, the airport, etc.
  5. Chair Yoga is a great practice for off days - those days when you’re too tired or too sore to get in your typical vigorous practice, but still want to get in a feel-good, relaxing practice.

If you’re not familiar with Chair Yoga, we’ve got some short, simple, and sweet free online yoga videos for you to check out with Margaux Permutt. For a tension releasing Chair Yoga Break, practice Margaux’s Neck Opening video. Moving on down, test out a video working the shoulders, elbows, and wrists. For a juicy hammy stretch, see Chair Yoga Break: Hamstring Stretch and Chair Yoga Break: Hamstrings and Lower Back. For an energizing and cleansing experience, enjoy a Chair Yoga Pick Me Up.

Margaux also offers a 28-minute, simple Chair Yoga Break, targeting the neck, shoulders, and wrists. This online yoga class was designed for those of us who spend a lot of time sitting, driving, or at a computer. It aims to open up the joints in the shoulders and wrists while stretching the delicate muscles in the neck. This practice is done mostly seated in a chair (really?) and is suitable for all, even people with knee or ankle injuries who have trouble standing. All you need is a chair (obvious?) and a towel or yoga mat (for when you lie on the floor).

What’s the hold up? Go grab your favorite chair. Take a seat. Get pumped. It’s Chair Yoga time, baby.

Stretch it out. Release your tension. Revitalize Energy. Feel renewed. ~TJ

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