Doing yoga on a chair
Chair Yoga is a fantastic way for senior people to lubricate joints, loose and stretch painful muscles, stimulate blood and lymphatic flow, improve posture and balance.
The class is suitable for people who don't want or have difficulty getting down on the floor and prefer the support of a chair.
As yoga doesn't need to be complicated to be effective, the poses are gentle and accessible to even the most elderly
How is a chair yoga class going?
We start the class sitting on a chair doing joint rotations, gentle forward bends, spine twists and stretching arms and legs.
When we stand, we practice balance poses with one or both hands on the back of the chair as support. For younger and more active seniors we’ll just use the chair as an optional prop.
We don’t lie down on our fronts or backs like in a regular yoga class.
Most of the time, classes include breathwork exercises to increase awareness of breathing and lung capacity.
At the end of the class, we always take the time to do a conscious relaxing.
Before starting a yoga practice, a general check-up with a doctor is recommended, especially for anyone who has not exercised for some time or who has ongoing health problems such as high blood pressure, heart condition or osteoporosis.
What do you need?
- Comfortable clothing that does not restrict your movement. Don't wear anything tight around the waist. This will bother your stomach during some of the bending or twisting movements.
- It's also nice to be barefoot so you can move your ankles and toes freely.
Time, Venue, Cost & Booking
- If you live in Highbury West Ward, you can join the Blue House Club of Elizabeth House Community Center, 2 Hurlock Street, London N5 1ED.
Wednesday - Term time only - From 11:15 am to 12:00 pm
Classes are free, funded by Community Fund.
Check their website here or call 020 7690 1300 for more information.
- If you live further away or do not want / cannot travel, you can book an online class on ZOOM.
Mondays - Term time only - From 11:00 to 11:45 am
£6 per class.
The video recordings below are 45-minute chair yoga practices done on Zoom for the Blue House Club of Elizabeth House Community Center.
You can find more video recordings on their Youtube Channel by clicking here.