The use of a chair in your yoga practice heightens everything; your sense of inner and outer space, the tensions and blockages within the body and the wide open space, your sense of mental stability and your physical flexibility.
The chair allows us the space to explore a pose longer, giving the body time to receive what the shape of the posture has to offer. Some postures that may feel constricting or holds a lot of dis-ease for us, the chair brings the posture to us, bring the floor to a height were we can ground into or offering less work in a space that would normally be in tension. A chair becomes an extension of your body and a helper in finding our way.
Here’s an example of a standing series.
Tadasana: The hands on the back of the chair offer a sense of grounding and space for a light open chest. By placing the souls of the feet up the legs of the chair elongates the calf muscles and the Achilles’. Great one for runners and cyclists.
Salute in Mountain:
By taking the arms up challenges the balance and helps to align the body.Adho Mukha Svanasana: The hands on the back of the seat of the chair helps bring the weight of the body back into the legs. Giving space to extend the truck, stretch the arms and open the chest. The hands slanted help lift the forearms and integrates the elbow into the pose. Extremely helpful for hyper-extenders. Uttanasana: “Deepen your hip creases” the pose does just that. It’s an intense stretch for the whole back side of the body with equal relaxing qualities.Utthita Trikonasana: Having the front foot again on the seat helps bring the weight into the back leg. The slanted surface helps the leg in the same way the arms from above. Supporting the ankle, knee and hip crease.Virabhadrasana II: “Sitting” on the chair will show you your potential. It gets you right in there, allows you lots of ease to explore the outer rotation of the front thigh, creating a healthy alignment with the front knee. You will feel like a warrior this this variation of the pose.Utthita Parsvakonasana: All the lovely things from Virabha II and more. The grip of the seat back helps to roll and lift the chest.Parsvotanasana: The chair not only acts as a support but helps to align the pelvis. The connection through the arms helps engage the shoulder girdle and lengths the spine towards neutral.Parivrtta Trikonasana: The chair helps with balance in this pose, giving you a lifted support to assist in the rotation of the twist. Find the ease if your efforts.
If you’d like to experience a chair yoga class with me, I’m leading a series of classes at our Rec Complex. Contact the Complex directly to get involved, 604.485.2891. If you’d like more information and to chat yoga contact me here.
Advanced Chair Yoga :: Sept 30 – Nov 25 (8-weeks) $75
Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30pm
A yoga practice designed for those looking to add depth to their already existing practice. With the use of a chair as a prop or extension of the body, we will investigate alignment, stability and precision. The intension of this series is to have fun exploring this new element on our yoga mat and to bring us into our curious mind. This class is not intended for people suffering from special health problems. An understanding of Yogasana is needed. Please bring a sturdy blanket and other yoga props you may have.