Monday, April 5, 2010

Chair Yoga for Sparkling Seniors

Its that time again. We just completed another wonderful 5-week session of Chair Yoga @ Frank Bailey Senior Center, Riverdale, GA. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my senior yogis (age 55 and up)!!! I have yogis up to age 90!!!!

If Riverdale doesn't work I also have a class at New Beginnings Neighborhood Senior Center Fairburn, GA. The Chair Yoga sessions there are ongoing.

So, for those of you looking for healthy & fun activities for your senior dudes and divas send them my way. But before you do that read a little bit about chair yoga and how it can help the sparkling seniors in your life.

What is Chair Yoga?

Chair yoga is the term generally used to describe a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair, or standing using a chair for support. It is not recognized formally as a type of yoga distinct from other types, such as Iyengar Yoga or Ashtanga yoga. However the poses, or Asanas, are often adaptations of Hatha yoga poses.

Frequently the chair yoga student is unable to participate in a traditional yoga class due to the effects of aging or disabilities. Chair yoga classes are sometimes made available at senior fitness centers, retirement facilities, and adult daycare centers.

Most people in chair yoga classes have health issues, and many are there because a health care professional that knows about their problems recommended it. A good chair yoga teacher will ask about, and be aware of any limitations the student might have. Chair yoga has helped people with the symptoms of many health issues including: hypertension (high blood pressure), anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, vertigo (medical), multiple sclerosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, clinical depression, and chronic pain.

Chair Yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. Complicated maneuvers and complex movements are not present in a chair yoga class. Within this type of yoga class, you can cover standing, seated, and prone postures. Most of these classes use the chair only, due to the difficulty of getting down or up off the floor.

Frank Bailey Senior Center is located in Riverdale, GA. New Beginnings Neighborhood Senior Center is located in Fairburn, GA.

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