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Chair Yoga for Seniors - Important Tips

William Ralph is a mental health and wellness expert with several years of experience in mental health research and awareness programs.


Aging comes with lots of life adjustments, and slowing down, these adjustments involve lifestyle, and habits and are not quick and sudden so it is easy to overlook them. However, they are important adjustments that are needed in order to increase the quality of life.

As age progresses, there present age-related inhibitions like fatigue, Joint pain, achy muscles, etc. that make exercising more difficult. This could drive seniors to inactive and sedentary lifestyles and habits, making these things even worse. As we age, we need to adjust our lifestyles within our strengths through executrices and active habits. Fortunately, chair yoga is an interesting and accessible exercise style with incredible benefits recommended for older adults to stay active.

Is Chair Yoga Good for You?

For seniors, regular exercise is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, the type of exercise should not be high-impact exercise. Unlike high-impact exercise, chair yoga is an easy routine that is good for your joints, and can also serve as a route through which you can transition to other forms of exercise. Chair yoga is a beneficial form of fitness activity that is good for every fitness level, from seniors recovering from injury to seniors struggling with mobility to active seniors.

Benefits of Chair Yoga for Senior Adults

Here are some of the benefits of Chair yoga for older adults:

Improves flexibility and reduces inflammation

Chair yoga increases flexibility because the activity which includes the increased activity of bending, stretching, and twisting helps to reduce inflammation and improve the free movement of joints and muscles allowing more mobility improvement.

Reduces Stress

Chair Yoga improves both the ease of body and mind. Improving mindfulness is one of the tenets of yoga. Through the activity of focusing on your body movement, breathing, and meditation, chair yoga promotes body and mind relaxation, reduces stress, and improves your mental clarity. Like other forms of exercise, chair yoga is a mood booster relief from issues like depression and anxiety.

Improves Circulation

Yoga improves blood circulation in the body and the activity of the routine which involves shifting from one pose to another is perfect for circulation.

Improves Balance

Chair yoga just like every other form of yoga activity uses the muscles to complete yoga poses thereby building the body and muscle strength. More muscle and body strength means better balance for your body, reducing the risk of losing balance or falling. It also improves your muscle and body’s ability to withstand injury because it has more strength.

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Improves pain management

According to research and several studies, exercise improves the body’s ability to withstand pain, thereby reducing the feeling of pain. This is because working out prompts the body to release endorphins which are like natural painkillers. Participating in chair yoga helps your body hone pain management skills including meditation and breathing exercises you can apply to cope with pain, discomfort, depression, and anxiety.

Promotes individual fitness and well-being

Chair yoga is a simple and easy way to promote fitness and well-being in seniors, with all its attendant benefits and advantages.


What Do I Need for Chair Yoga?

Although chair yoga is a low-impact and low-risk form of exercise, you still need to ensure that you have the right equipment to get the most out of your workout and prevent injuries. Here are some of the essential equipment you need for chair yoga:

  • An armless sturdy chair (stable, no wobbling!)
  • A flat surface for your chair
  • Flexible and comfortable clothing that isn’t too baggy or too tight
  • Enough Space to fully extend your limbs during exercise
  • An experienced instructor or friend for safety

In Conclusion

Here are some additional and important tips as you start on your chair yoga journey;

  • If you are new to chair yoga, concerned about your readiness for exercise, or about the proper and correct yoga chair for you, please consult with a chair yoga expert and your physician to get clearance. It is important to get the go-ahead of your doctor before embarking on this if you are not completely sure.
  • Use props because they can help make your poses easier and more comfortable, especially as a beginner. Yoga props in addition to the chair include a strap or belt, blanket, etc.
  • Mind your balance especially if you are someone that struggles with balance. You don’t want to fall, or sprain something if you lose your balance, make sure you have an instructor or a friend to help with your balance as you start your chair yoga journey.
  • Find a class, you can do this by using Google search to find a chair yoga studio or experienced instructor near you. Ensure your instructor is qualified so you get a teacher that can help you achieve an active lifestyle through chair yoga.

You can also look up chair yoga videos on YouTube and find easy chair yoga routines but don’t overextend yourself, ensure you have an instructor present to try your videos.

Patience. Be patient with yourself, don’t overextend or rush yourself. Be comfortable and move at your own pace.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 William Ralph

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