It’s popular these days to say “yoga is for everybody.” But is that really true? Can it really be practiced by everyone? Even those who, due to age, inflexibility, or injury, need to practice completely from a chair?

Absolutely!

In fact, seniors may be able to get more out of yoga

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 than most students. Since the brain’s two hemispheres are used more equally as we age, we can bring a better overall awareness to yoga, thus utilizing the mind-body connection more effectively than younger students.

Keep in mind that many seniors who are physically fit have no limitations when it comes to practicing yoga, except maybe using the adaptation devices many younger people use as well, such as blocks or straps. However, chair yoga may be the way to go for people:

  • with balance issues
  • looking to start slowly
  • who would just feel more confident starting out this way

It not only has the benefits of regular yoga, such as helping with stress, pain, and fatigue — but it can also help with joint lubrication, balance, and even age-specific issues like menopauseand arthritis.

This sequence will benefit anyone who prefers to do yoga in a chair, such as seniors or those in a chair at work. Keep in mind that you want a sturdy chair that you feel comfortable and stable in. That means no office chairs with wheels or anything that feels rickety.

And be sure to start off each new pose by making sure your butt is planted firmly in the seat. You will want to sit toward the front edge of the seat but still on the seat enough to feel stable.

This is a great pose to simply engage your core, check in with your posture, and focus on your breath. Come to this pose after each of the poses below.

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