As we age, we need to adjust our habits and lifestyles to thrive. Joint pain, achy muscles, fatigue, and other common age-related ailments can make exercise more difficult. These concerns often drive seniors to an inactive or sedentary lifestyle, which only makes things worse. Fortunately, chair yoga is an accessible and affordable style of exercise with incredible benefits for older adults.
Is Chair Yoga Good for You?
For seniors, regular exercise is one of the best ways to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Unlike high-impact exercise like running, lifting weights, and plyometrics, chair yoga is easy on your joints, and may serve as a gateway to other forms of exercise. Chair yoga is a beneficial form of yoga for any fitness level, from active seniors to those recovering from an injury.
Chair yoga has the following benefits for older adults:
Low impact on joints
Improves pain management
Combats depression and anxiety
Promotes independence and wellbeing
What Do I Need for Chair Yoga?
Though chair yoga is a low-risk and low-impact form of exercise, you should make sure you have the right equipment to prevent injuries and to get the most out of your workout. Some essential chair yoga equipment includes:
An armless, stable chair (no wobbling!)
A flat, level surface for your chair
Flexible, comfortable clothing that isn’t too tight or baggy
Space to fully extend your limbs
An experienced instructor or friend for safety
View our infographic below for some fun, easy, and healthy chair yoga positions. If you are new to chair yoga or concerned about your readiness for exercise, please consult with a physician or chair yoga expert before jumping right in. Try these positions with a friend or expert if you’re new, or alone if you’re confident in your abilities.