Types Of Yoga Chairs
LMany standard kitchen or desk chairs could potentially work well for chair yoga. For example, a wooden kitchen chair, or standard metal folding chair may work just fine for your practice. However, keep in mind that using one of these chairs as a yoga chair may create some issues. For instance, you will need to make sure that the chair is the right height for your body type. Many normal desk chairs may also work, but you may want to use one without wheels or arm rests.
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You may discover that you would prefer a backless yoga chair. A backless chair will make more poses accessible to you. Since most home chairs aren’t backless, you will need to shop around a little to find one. Luckily, there are some inexpensive options. If you’re handy, it may also be possible to convert one of your existing folding chairs into a backless yoga chair.
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Balance Ball Chairs:
It may be worth considering using a balance ball chair with your yoga practice. These chairs have become a popular alternative to standard desk chairs and many people use them daily while working behind their desk. Balance ball chairs are also a comprise between sitting on just a ball or sitting on a standard chair. Sitting on these chairs helps to engage the core muscles which can help improve your posture.
Balance ball chairs can also act as a yoga chair, but you would want to lock the wheels during your practice time. The balls are also removeable to allow use of the ball without the chair.
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Benefits Of Chair Yoga
Yoga Chair Poses
Side Stretch & Shoulder Stretch:
You will discover that using a chair will allow for a nice simple side stretch and shoulder stretch. There are several ways to stretch the side and shoulders from a yoga chair. The easiest option is to simply sit with flat feet, reach one arm at a time above your head and lean your torso to the right or left.
As you can see from the photo, you can also slide toward the middle of the chair and then straighten the leg opposite of the lifted arm.
Chair Pose is an example of a standing posture that can be made easier with the use of a yoga chair. The chair will provide support and allow for the student to take a seated break after a couple of breaths holding the pose. Just slide closer to the chair’s edge and then slowly lift into the posture keeping the chair in position. After a few breaths, slowly sit back into the chair.
One very popular backbend posture is Cat/Cow Pose. The combination of these poses provides a very nice way to add a gentle backbend to your practice. Fortunately, these poses can also be practiced from a chair. To give it a try, just slide toward the front edge of the chair and then follow the same process for the poses while seated.
Seated twisting will help you to practice a twisting posture from your chair. Simply sit in the chair with your feet flat on the ground and then twist to the left and right. You can grasp the chair arm or seat to help twist into the position.