Not everyone can get up and down off the floor, making standard yoga classes difficult for them. With the help of a chair to provide additional support and stability, participants are able to enjoy the potential benefits of yoga practice, including improved range of motion and flexibility, increased mobility and circulation, strengthened muscles and joints, better breathing habits and sleep, as well as reduced stress regardless of potential limitations. This style of yoga is recommended for those with hypertension, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, vertigo, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, osteopenia, chronic pain, injury recovery, fibromyalgia, cancer, amputees, etc. and open to those that use walkers, canes, and wheelchairs, as well as those of able body that aren’t sure they are flexible enough for other yoga classes. Most postures will be done from a seated position, though some standing and prone positions may be included as participants are able. During each session, chairs and props will be used to keep everyone safe, in consideration of whatever movement is appropriate for their body.
A great complement to more active yoga practices, sports, crossfit, etc. as well as for those with fascial conditions like fibromyalgia; Yin yoga works with the connective tissues by holding postures with props in a more passive way to allow deep release. A meditative practice, postures are held for three or more minutes, without movement, and in stillness we observe our whole being with detached awareness. While this is not restorative yoga, it is a very restorative practice beneficial to anyone looking for increased flexibility, stamina, joint lubrication, and energy as well as decreased stress and a calming of the mind and body.
Learn additional ways to enjoy yoga in your body, as it is in this moment, in this gentle hatha class. Modifications and awareness, along with a slow pace are keys to this class- excellent for MS, RA, Fibromyalgia, Other Auto Immune Disorders, Joint Replacements, Voluptuous Bodies, Cancer, etc. – every body can practice yoga if they can breathe and focus. This class can be done from a chair, the floor, or somewhere in between. We focus on breath, and body awareness, for grounding in the busyness of our lives. Small Class Sizes Maintained