Chair Yoga aims to give you the experience and benefits of classical yoga, even if you have mobility issues or find regular yoga a challenge.
A short video clip showing Zoe Smith teaching Hatha Yoga and Chair Yoga at beautiful Messing Village Hall.
Highly beneficial for people with limited mobility or minor injury, hypertension (high blood pressure), anxiety, ME, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, vertigo (medical), multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, carpel tunnel syndrome, clinical depression and chronic pain.
Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Often the poses, or asanas, are adaptations of Hatha yoga poses, it is a great practise for everyone, as it promotes flexibility, strengthens muscles and deepens personal body awareness.
Students can learn many kinds of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and ways of relaxation, with the aid of a chair.
Kula is a Sanskrit word that can be translated as 'community', 'clan' or tribe. A sense of inclusion and belonging that can be cultivated through yogis coming together to practice yoga. The kula is considered sacred because it is a group of people who come together freely, with intention and a shared sense of purpose. In this way, the traditional idea of yoga as a personal and individual practice can be expanded to include more social aspects and experiences of connection with others as well as the self. If we harness the power of connection with loving intention, we can influence even greater positive changes in the larger community outside our yoga world.
What to wear
Wear clothes that are comfortable and non restricting, women usually wear leggings and a T-shirt. Men usually wear training bottoms/shorts and a T-shirt. Bare feet is normal during class, (non slip socks could be worn in winter).
What to bring
Extra cushions for comfort if required, blankets and blocks are provided; Drinking water.
Try to allow at least two hours after a meal before you come to class (have a light snack if necessary)
Private Classes are available for: Individuals, Partners, Families & Small Groups
(including care homes and support groups for specific health conditions)
You'll have the opportunity to truly focus on your own practice and tune in to what your body needs. It's the perfect way
to address your personal needs and intentions and really make your yoga practice work for you.
St Fillans Care Centre, Colchester CO4 0PT (since July 2017)
Croll Healthcare, Ayletts, Broadoaks & Hill House (since October 2018)