Stretch & Strengthen with Chair Yoga

Wednesday, February 09 2022

It’s Yoga Week on Fitmotivation!  Jackie Lebeau shared her Deep Water Yoga class with subscribers. Now, she is back with seated yoga routine that is ideal for those days when you can’t get in the pool or for studio instructors who teach chair classes.  Treat your class participants to some gentle exercise for flexibility and stress reduction. 


Blog Summary

  • Enjoy traditional yoga benefits such as increased muscular strength, flexibility, posture balance, stress reduction, improved sleep and less back pain.
  • Seated yoga would be preferable to standing yoga for those with poor balance or lower body joint pain and injury. 
  • An appropriate armless chair and loose clothing is necessary to successfully perform the exercises in this seated yoga practice.
  • Fitmotivation is expanding their Land Fitness category.  Let us know your feedback.
  • Music used in Video:  Off the Shelf:  Yoga 2
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Yoga Passion
Teaching yoga for the past 10 years, Jackie was certified after completing 200-hours as a YogaFit Registered Yoga Teacher.  In addition to her video, Aqua Zen Flow, Jackie recently shared her Deep Water Yoga Workout, which transitioned a traditional yoga exercises into the deep end of the pool.  “I love sharing my passion for yoga with my class participants in both the studio and the pool,” says Jackie. 


Mind & Body Benefits
Yoga classes are designed to help participants improve muscular strength and flexibility.  However, there are many other benefits that can be obtained from regular participation in a yoga class.   Yoga can help improve posture with the lengthening and strengthening poses, as well as the breath work. Improving posture by increasing flexibility in the hip flexors can help decrease back pain. Standing yoga exercises can help participants improve balance and their fall prevention skills.  Yoga can also help practitioners achieve a more restful slumber.  All exercise is good for improving sleep quality, but yoga is especially beneficial because the breath work promotes relaxation and stress reduction. 


Chair Yoga Benefits

Standing yoga exercises have many benefits, such as improving balance, but if your students have balance issues, they may feel more comfortable performing yoga exercises in a seated position.  A chair provides support, in the same way the water provides support and increased confidence for performing yoga exercises.  Chair yoga is recommended for class participants who have joint pain in their ankles, knees or hips, or for those who are recovering from injury or illness.


Chair Exercise Success

With seated yoga, less space is needed to perform the postures and your students don’t have to get up and down from the floor.  All that is needed is a chair.  The chair should be armless and preferably cushioned for more comfort.  As you can see in the video, Jackie changes her body position for some of the poses and arms on the chair would make some of the exercises impossible.  Loose and comfortable clothing is recommended so that you are less constricted in your movement.   

Watch Jackie talk more about a seated yoga practice. 

Fitmotivation Chair Exercise Workouts
Fitmotivation is expanding their Land Fitness category to give instructors options for class substitutes when it is not possible to get in the pool.  The land fitness videos can also be utilized by studio instructors or those looking to expand their horizons.  If you liked the chair yoga workout, be sure to check out Fitmotivation’s other chair workouts.
Chair Dance’letics – Explore a 45-minute chair workout that blends together AEA Arthritis Foundation exercises with seated dance aerobics.
Chair Sports & Rec – Treat your students to a 45-minute chair workout that combines AEA Arthritis Foundation exercises with seated cardio that has a fun sports & rec theme.


Music used in Video

The music used in the video was Off the Shelf – Yoga 2, and is available to download from Muscle Mix Music’s Virtual Music category for $20.00.    


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Author: Mark Grevelding is the founder of Fitmotivation. He is also a training specialist and consultant with the Aquatic Exercise Association’s (AEA). Mark has been active in the fitness industry for 22 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, international presenter and a continuing education provider for AEA, AFAA & ACE.