Traditional yoga poses make it look as though you need to be a talented contortionist to experience the benefits. Yet surprisingly with chair yoga, in only 45 minutes a week, it's the one thing that can keep seniors mobile for longer, without relying on a walker frame to get around.
Nobody wants to feel as though they're a burden on their family members, and the way to avoid that is by getting active through exercising.
Whoa, hold up - Exercise?
Settle your nerves - there's no need to break out in a cold sweat...
We're not talking about preparing to climb Mount Everest, or Skiing the Swiss Alps.
Chair yoga is simplistic motions you can do right from your armchair. Just as you lift your arm when you're drinking your coffee, green tea, or sipping on a glass of water, the same motions are mimicked in chair yoga poses.
Just 45 minutes per week keeps your joints flexible and helps with pain management
If you're sitting there thinking you've left it too late, or you've an elder relative that will think the same, I'm here to tell you you're wrong.
Even those who are wheelchair bound can experience the benefits of chair yoga.
Simple poses have a massive impact on your lifestyle.
- Being able to reach into the top shelf of the cupboard and not worry about spraining your wrist
- Being able to move around without a walker frame, cane, or other walking aid
- Being able to bend down and get up minus mirroring the appearance of the Hunchback of Notre-Dame.
I'm in my thirties and tasks as simple as weeding can become a nightmare. You've heard this before probably...
It's not the getting down that's the problem; it's the getting back up part!
I can vouch for that one, as I mentioned above about when I'm weeding the garden. Standing up after that is a real pain - right up the spine.
For seniors that problem is heightened as part of the aging process will see your joints stiffen and your muscles tense.
It's only natural, but listen up...
Yoga teachers are in more demand now than they've ever been. Do you know where they work?
They work in every corner of health care supporting seniors with independent living.
- Day care centers
- Senior centres
- Nursing homes
- Assisted living complexes
In all of those places, yoga instructors provide around 45 minutes of exercise to patients in need of support.
The medical community recognise that chair yoga increases flexibility and strength, while reducing the following:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic pain (Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Multiple Sclerosis)
That's for those already in support centers for assisted living.
Why wait until then though?
All the benefits of chair yoga can be experienced by anyone, regardless of age, or current health.