Chair Yoga for Seniors
Chair Yoga has become quite popular with residents living in Retirement Homes. I have taught at several different retirement and long-term care residents and seen tremendous results. My oldest (and very vibrant) student is 101 years old and comes every week!
This program is designed specifically for people who would like to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle that is appropriate for their age and fitness level. It consists of 30 minutes of modified yoga postures done while sitting in a chair. The gentle movements help improve the function, mobility, and range of motion of the spine and other joints in the body.
Some of the exercises stretch and release tension in tight areas such as the shoulders, neck, sides of the chest, hips, and lower back. Other exercises work to gently strengthen the shoulders, upper back, thighs, and abdominal muscles. Throughout the class, students are asked to become aware of their breath. Many of the movements are done in sync with the breath. When the breath is relaxed and gently lengthened the body feels less stress and tension.
Along with the physical benefits of practicing Chair Yoga, students have reported a more restful sleep, feeling less anxious and lonely, as well as greater confidence in their abilities. Chair Yoga is an endlessly adaptable form of exercise that helps improve the quality of life for those with limited mobility, depression, and chronic pain or disease.
Below is a sample of some Chair Yoga sequences that I teach seniors.