I’m not sure what to talk about today, so I’m going to put in a brief plug for an upcoming free yoga series I am offering on Tuesdays in March at the Hunterdon County Library. And guess what? We’re going to be doing yoga in a chair.
This is one of my favorite types of yoga classes to teach, because almost ALL excuses (except for the “it’s against my religion” one) are nullified when you bring a chair into your yoga class. The following are reasons why people say they can’t do yoga, and why those reasons are not true.
“I can’t do yoga because I have a knee/hip/shoulder replacement”
Mat yoga is not impossible after joint replacement surgery, but it is more challenging to modify poses. Not the case in a chair! Even recovering joints can do all basic movements safely with the help of the chair for balance and support. Odds are good your doctor WANTS you exercising to strengthen the muscles around that joint, so here is your chance.
“I can’t do yoga because I can’t get up and down off the floor”
No problem! You can do your entire exercise practice seated if necessary, or standing and using the chair for balance.
“I can’t do yoga because I can’t take my shoes off because of blahblahblah problem”
Leave them on. But I won’t leave mine on, and you will enjoy seeing my fashionable collection of Harry Potter, Sesame Street, and funny catch phrase socks.
“I can’t do yoga because it’s too expensive”
FREE. This class is offered by the library for free to all, whether you are a library member or not.
“I can’t do yoga because I’m not bendy enough”
Oh boy, do I hate hearing this one. You do not need to be a human pretzel to do yoga. Yoga can meet the needs of every type, size, and shape of body. Because it’s so adaptable, it can also accommodate mobility restrictions and acute or chronic injuries and conditions.
If you are done telling yourself stories and want to try out some free yoga, you can meet me at the Main branch of the Hunterdon County Library in Flemington on Tuesdays in March. We’ll meet from 11:30 to 12:30, and class will include simple meditations and visualizations, along with yoga postures in and holding onto a chair. More info to come about registering, which you can do directly to the library.
See you soon for some all-level Chair Yoga!
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