Chair Yoga is approved by the Arthritis Foundation to ease the aches and pains of arthritis sufferers, and is very beneficial for office workers who need a lunch-break stretch. For many people just starting off with yoga, "Chair Yoga" is an easy and gratifying way to get started.
Creator of Chair Yoga
Mary Cavanaugh, co-founder of YogaJP, is the creator of Chair Yoga - which really was an accident back in the 1970's. Mary was asked by Saddleback School District Night School to teach at a retirement home. Not knowing anything about retirees, she showed up ready to teach a regular class and found that everyone was using walkers, wheel chairs, cains etc. After the initial surprise of the class dynamics, she used her quick and enterprising mind by moving the folding chairs from the outer edges of the room into a big circle and low and behold, Chair Yoga was born!
What benefits can you expect from Yoga with a Chair?
- Increased circulation in the feet, legs, knees, hips, shoulders and elbows, which helps the general well-being of the heart.
- Aids heart and lung functions - The breathing techniques used in this approach are very effective for people with emphysema and asthma and aid in heart function.
- Improve mental clarity - Following the directions and guidance of a yoga teacher challenges the brain and supports the mind/body connection for better mental processing.