A chair can help special populations perform yoga poses.
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Chair yoga utilizes a chair as a prop to adapt yoga poses. This type of yoga is often beneficial for certain populations like seniors and people with reduced mobility or disabilities. It is also popular in a workplace environment. You can adapt both the standing pose Balancing Stick pose and the seated pose Seated Stick pose to a chair.
Adapting to a Chair
In a Yoga Journal article "Yoga Does Every Body Good," Carol Krucoff explains that you can adapt an entire yoga practice to perform it with a chair. Seated and standing poses are best suited to using a chair, so both Stick poses can adapt to this prop. Attend a chair yoga class or work with a certified yoga teacher who is trained in chair yoga to learn the proper methods of performing yoga poses with a chair.
Standing and Seated Poses
Chair yoga utilizes a chair in various ways. In standing postures, holding onto the back of a stable chair can provide balance. If necessary, put the chair on a yoga mat to prevent it from slipping and put it against a wall to give it added stability. For seated postures, perform the pose while sitting in the chair instead of on the floor.
Chair Balancing Stick Pose
Balancing Stick pose is a standing posture that requires a lot of strength and balance. The chair can assist people who are lacking in either one to perform the pose. Typically, you perform it by standing up straight in Mountain pose. Lift your hands to the ceiling, interlock your fingers and point your pointer fingers up. Exhale as you bend forward at the hip, lifting your left leg and lowering your arms so your body is parallel with the floor. Hold the pose for 10 seconds and switch sides. To utilize a chair, hold the back of the chair with your hands in front of you for balance instead of interlocking your fingers. In addition or alternatively, rest your lifted leg on the seat of a chair.
Chair Seated Stick Pose
Seated Stick pose is more commonly called Staff pose. This is a seated posture that requires sitting on the floor. People who have difficulty doing that can perform a variation of it by sitting in a chair. You perform the classic pose by sitting on the floor, extending both legs in front of you and flexing your feet. Place your palms on the floor at the sides of your hips and extend your spine. Hold it for five to 15 breaths. To perform it with a chair, sit in the chair. Hold both sides of the chair near your hips with your hands and lift and extend your spine. Flex your feet with your heels on the floor. If you can, lift both of your legs off the ground as close to parallel with the floor as you can while continuing to flex your feet.