Sunday, 26 February 2017

Chair Yoga & Benefits

The history of yoga goes back centuries - Read more about Hatha Yoga in my blog 

The sages and gurus of old wanted to understand the meaning to a long life. Why would shrews have a short lived life of three to five years but the tortoise live a 100 years and beyond? Once studied, it became clear that freedom from stress, slow deep breathing, exercises for purification, fresh air and nourishing food were secrets to eternal life.

Chair Yoga is something that is relatively new, created around the 1980's by a lady called Erika Hammersrom. The idea behind doing yoga on a chair is to make it accessible for those who have lack of mobility; they can't sit on a mat, or can't get up and down from the floor.   

Ultimately Chair Yoga can be done by anyone, old, young, pregnant or not. It just opens up the beautiful gifts that yoga has to offer to everyone. Why should one not be able to do yoga because they can not get on to a mat and lie down? It should and is accessible to all in many forms and ways. It can be done for the very first time on a chair, you don't need to have yoga experience before trying it on a chair.  Heres are some amazing benefits that can be received from taking a Chair Yoga session.

10 benefits 
  1. Circulation
  2. Enhances Mobility
  3. Increased brain function
  4. Concentration
  5. Reduces Stress
  6. Better breathing
  7. Weight Control
  8. Increases strength
  9. Releases Tension
  10. Keeps spine supple

Its still important to seek a health care specialist approval before attending a session. Its vital you are given the all clear to do the session. Listening to your own body during the sessions is important as you are there for yourself to increase health and wellbeing not in any way hinder it. Being observant of your breath, your body at all times and knowing when to just give something a miss that is being practiced. The beautiful thing of yoga is "You are on a journey of the self, through the self, to the self" - Bhagavad Gita

"Remember the emphasis on the heart. The mind lives in doubt and the heart lives in trust. When you trust, suddenly you become centered." ~ Osho

Sessions at Lotus Flower Yoga Studio, Leigh, Lancashire WN7 1BY will begin Friday 3rd march, 11am-12pm.  


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