Chair yoga is an ACTIVE yoga class using a chair for balance and support. In Pull Up A Chair Yoga we practice the traditional Hatha yoga poses using a chair. Just as you might use props in other classes or even equipment at the gym to aid in your workout, the chair works as a prop to help us find balance in the poses and allows us to go deeper in many of the poses compared to standing alone.
Who should practice Chair Yoga?
Everyone! Pull Up A Chair Yoga is a very active class and suitable for all levels of experience. I have students who practice both chair yoga and hatha yoga. Experience with the chair has allowed those students to go back to the traditional hatha class with more balance allowing them to focus on proper alignment in the poses. I have watched students who struggled with a down dog because of arm and shoulder strength, gain that strength over time using the chair. Returning to a traditional down dog with perfect alignment.
We ALL tend to lose balance and flexibility over time. We use the chair to support us in our practice, but we also practice the poses traditionally (letting go of the chair) so we can feel our balance increasing. As with any class or workout, you will get out of it what you put into it!
If you are rehabbing from an injury or a surgery, chair yoga is a great way to get back into your routine. Using the chair supports proper alignment taking pressure off the joints.