Seated yoga is a gentle form of yoga where you enjoy the exercises in a seated position, it brings harmony between the body, mind and spirit. People of all ages and activity levels can enjoy seated yoga, even if you have limited mobility or balance issues.

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The benefits of seated yoga

Increased flexibility – being able to move more freely allows you to do the things you need to do and engage in the activities that you love.

Improved strength – using your muscles to complete yoga poses builds strength. More strength can lead to better balance, which can reduce your falls risk.

Reduced stress – focusing on your movement and breathing creates a moving meditation that promotes relaxation, reduces stress and improves mental clarity. Chair yoga may also improve mood and offer some relief from issues like anxiety and depression.

Reduced pain – chair yoga can help release natural painkillers in your body. The meditation and breathwork can be applied in other situations to cope with pain and discomfort.

Better sleep – chair yoga can help ensure you are ready to rest, and the accompanying reductions in stress and pain can help you get a more restful night’s sleep.

There are 3 main principles of yoga:

  • Exercise (Asanas)
  • Breathing (Pranayama)
  • Relaxation (Savasana)

In seated yoga, we will incorporate the principles above in each session. A typical session includes the following aspects:

  • Breathing Exercise – the practice will begin with a short breathing exercise and setting an intention of the class

  • Warm-up Postures – the routine helps to warm up the body by increasing the blood flow into the muscles, which helps to prepare them for the held postures

  • Seated Postures - these poses are performed by sitting towards the front of the chair and the breath is used while performing each of the exercises

  • Meditation/relaxation – the session concludes with meditation and deep relaxation, which allows the body and mind to relax and unwind

Some weeks we may incorporate a theme into the session, such as changes in the season or a life value.