As we age, we may experience certain changes and limitations in range of motion, level of flexibility, and balance. Chair yoga is an accessible form of exercise for almost everyone, regardless of age or level of physical fitness, and can provide a number of benefits for your physical and mental well-being.
Anyone with mobility or balance limitations, especially seniors, may appreciate the benefits of chair yoga, which involves performing specific yoga poses while using the support of a chair. Consult your doctor if you have any medical concerns that may affect your ability to perform chair yoga.
Here are a few of the potential benefits that come with practicing yoga at any age:
Increased flexibility and circulation Flexibility is something that should be worked on over time and we increase our flexibility through stretching. When stretching, listen to your body. Know the difference between discomfort and pain. Find the modifications that work for you.
Strengthening of muscles you haven’t used in a while A yoga practice can help you strengthen your core muscles—your legs, hips, abdominals, pectorals, shoulders, spine and neck—thereby making daily activities easier.
Improved balance Certain chair yoga poses can be beneficial to improving balance, increased focus, and better stability.
Mindfulness and body awareness Mindfulness and yoga go hand in hand. When we take time to check in with our bodies and our breath, we become more mindful and present.