There are many people who are intrigued by yoga and all it’s benefits, but unable to practice yoga on a mat due to mobility issues, poor balance, chronic illness, advanced age or previous injuries. Those recovering from surgery, or weakened by a serious illness and ensuing treatments; those who have had a mental or emotional trauma or suffered abuse sometimes feel too vulnerable down on a mat.
There are a myriad of reasons for choosing chair yoga. There is no reason why one cannot get the same benefits of yoga by practicing sitting in a chair, or with the support of a chair. Chair yoga can create a balance between breath, the body and the mind. It can increase flexibility, strength, improved awareness, calmness and concentration. Just like traditional yoga, chair yoga can improve circulation, stimulates some hormonal and immune systems. In the last decade, the medical community and mental health professionals worldwide have begun to acknowledge the benefits of yoga, and recommend yoga to their patients.
What does Chair Yoga look like?
We begin by sitting in a straight back chair with a mat underneath it for safety. We ‘center’ ourselves, bring our awareness to the breath and open ourselves up to the practice. We may set an intention for our practice that day. We then spend a few minutes exploring and practicing correct yoga breathing. We then do some warm up movements and stretches. Next, we begin practicing various chair yoga postures or ‘asana’ and ‘flows’ influenced by TriYoga. Aligning our movement with the breath are encouraged throughout the practice. Options for individual adaptions are offered and demonstrated throughout the session, in order to tailor chair yoga to the individuals needs. Smiles are encouraged! We close class with a deep guided relaxation to absorb the benefits of our practice and honor each other with ‘Namaste’.
Kirtan with Jens Jarvie & Sahar
Chant into being, awaken within community and feel alive in the sacred space of song. Join us as we sing out in collective voice. Through the vibration of medicine mantra and the sweet trinity of guitar, violin and tabla, Jens Jarvie and Sahar will enliven the evening with transformational music. (Check back for dates)
If you are a kirtan artist and are interested in playing your music at Devi Yoga Center, please contact us.