yoga for limited mobility

Why Do Chair Yoga?

Why Do Chair Yoga?

Why do Chair Yoga?

Pull up a chair and join us in our Chair Yoga Class in Mississauga.  We are always looking at images on social media from the yoga industry that make us think we need to get into pretzel like shapes to do yoga, or be upside down to do yoga. Often these types of poses are achievable by a very small percentage of people practicing yoga and may even be contraindicated for most people practicing yoga. So, let’s get honest and real.

Anybody can do yoga. If you can breathe, then you can do yoga. 

Here are some reasons why chair yoga is for you:

Chair makes yoga accessible to all

The purpose of yoga is to have a strong and pain free body that can sit still for long periods for meditation and spiritual purposes.  This is evidenced in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.2 “Yogas citta vritti nirodhah,” meaning “Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.”  In today’s age we sit in front of our desk for work for several hours, wouldn’t it helpful if we had a pain free body which will increase our productivity.  You do not need to stand on your head to do yoga or get into a wheel pose to be called flexible. These sort of images can be intimidating to many people. Most of yoga poses can be performed on a chair making it accessible to people with limited mobility, injuries, or knee discomfort.  

Chairs yoga can improve your posture

Have you ever seen a person practicing yoga with poor posture? Doing chair yoga can significantly improve your posture over time. Both your posture and breathing will improve.

Chair Yoga helps relieve chronic pain

Chair yoga can help people with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, migraine, low back pain, and many other types of conditions. A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine at Harvard University found that among 313 people with chronic low back pain, a weekly yoga class improved mobility more than standard medical care for the condition. Also a meta-analysis of 17 studies done at Harvard University found that more than 1,600 participants concluded that yoga can improve daily function among people with fibromyalgia and osteoporosis-related curvature of the spine. Practicing chair yoga also improved mood and psychosocial well-being.

You do not have to get down on your knees

Surprising lot of able-bodied people get nervous about yoga as they are unable to get down on the floor. Chair yoga is a great practice to explore.

Chair yoga can improve range of motion

The quality and range of movement one can achieve from sitting in a chair is surprising. Even fit people can benefit from this slow movement as their bodies would not have moved in this way making it a beneficial practice for them. Not so fit people who feel a little disconnected from their bodies can experience yoga in a non-threatening way by practicing yoga on a chair.

Chair yoga is an excellent prop

You can stand right beside it for balancing poses, or you can sit on it, or you may place your foot on it for some hip opening poses. If you struggle with a balancing pose like the Half Moon pose, try using a chair instead of blocks. Chair yoga can be a beautiful and freeing practice making your pose steady and comfortable as written in the Yoga Sutra text 2.46 sthiram sukham asanam.

Chair yoga in Mississauga is offered at Mind to Body Yoga and Fitness. Check our schedule here. If you are unsure of which classes to take, please feel free to contact us at any time. Haven’t given our studio a try yet? Sign Up for unlimited access with our $65 – 30 day intro offer or check our promotions page for current promotions. Or just drop by to chat about what options might work best for you. We are so proud of our studio and will continue to build and develop a positive community that supports the health and wellness of our clients. We hope to see you soon!

Sara Ryatt
Sara Ryatt
22:35 12 Dec 19
I was in search of a yoga teacher training program and stumbled upon Mind to Body....its become my second home ever since. The yoga teacher training program was very detail oriented and definitely prepared for my yoga journey. They covered a lot of topics like anatomy and basics of ayurveda as well. I continue to attend regular yoga classes there now. They offer many various different types of classes..my favs are the restorative and yin classes. The staff is very inviting and friendly and the studio is very very clean and well maintained. Oh yea...can't forget the complimentary delicious detox tea i have every time i attend a class is a bonus!!read more
olga g
olga g
00:29 05 Nov 19
Great prenatal classes. Would recommend to anyone this place. Inside is very inviting and positive environment.
christal gordon
christal gordon
18:09 01 Nov 19
The mind to body yoga teacher training program was a life changing experience. Not only were we taught the foundations of yoga practice, we were also given the opportunity to form relationships with a variety of yogis. I have grown in confidence since started this program and look forward to start teaching and sharing the joy instilled in me with others. Thank you mind to body!read more
Lindsay LeBlanc
Lindsay LeBlanc
14:51 09 Oct 19
I attended training here and loved it! It is very warm and welcoming, and Pritpal is truly dedicated to serving the community!read more
Louis French Los
Louis French Los
01:51 19 Aug 19
Loved it! Did a drop in today - was visiting from out of town. Staff were super friendly and welcoming gave a great tour. The class was great especially the lavender oil in shavasanaread more
poonam pandher
poonam pandher
17:48 10 Jul 19
If I could give Mind to Body more than 5 stars I would! Since starting at this studio 6 months ago, all my aches and pains have been eliminated. That's due to yoga but more so thanks to the personable, caring, passionate and dedicated instructors. It's a blessing to have found a yoga studio where each class by any instructor here is taught with so much passion and bring their own experiences and way of teaching, teaching the right techniques and foundations of poses (grounding feet and hands) alot of others overlook when teaching. They don't ever ever ever make you feel like you have to do a pose they always tell you to follow your body. Love the variety of classes, started with Restorative yoga and now on to hot detox yoga which I didn't ever think I'd do. Mind to body has a great community of employees and members who are always friendly with a huge smile on their faces. It's been so great to connect with other members especially while having the detox tea, yum! Honestly don't know how they keep it so clean with so many members but it's immaculate and shiny. Floors are always swept and mopped constantly. Couldn't have found a more amazing yoga studio, love you guys for all that you do! It's definitely been a life changing process and I'm excited to continue to grow in every way with all of you :).read more
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
Nikki Dhillon - Harold M Brathwaite SS (2482)
13:39 28 Mar 19
I found this studio six months ago, after having searched for a calm and rejuvenating space for a long time. I'm so grateful that Mind to Body Yoga has become my space for growth, fitness and connection.I have tried various classes and I love the fact that each and everyone of them is inviting, knowledgeable and caring about the pace and the participants.The studio is always clean and organized.They also offers many classes on meditation and restorative yoga to enhance and learn new techniques.I have certainly achieved a better mind to body connection since I joined this studio.read more
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