A beautiful sunny start to the day, just sitting in my garden listening to the birds and savouring a delicious cup of coffee. Simple pleasures to be enjoyed. I like to make time in my life for peaceful little interludes of mindfulness, even if it’s only ten minutes here and there, it makes me feel good….unashamedly and utterly ‘me’ time!!!!……Happy Sunday x
Have you ever thought you might like to give Yoga a try but cannot get on to the floor? Well, this is the class for you!……Chair Yoga will be starting in August on Fridays at 11:15. There are many benefits and here are a few:
Benefits of Chair Yoga
Yoga has been shown to improve overall health, prevent and (even in some cases) reverse disease when practised regularly as a lifestyle. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that it can, therefore, lend its benefits to those with mobility issues. Here are some of them:
1. Improved Strength
This means that elderly people will be better able to continue with hobbies and daily activities independently for many more years to come. If they are unlucky enough to suffer a fall or injury, a strong body will be able to withstand this better and sustain fewer injuries.
2. Improved Flexibility
Chair yoga can help those with mobility issues to undertake activities that they have perhaps been unable to, such as reaching down to tie shoe laces or pick things up.
3. Improved Proprioception
Proprioception is the skill of knowing where your body is in space and coordinating your movements accurately. This is particularly important for elderly people and can prevent falls. For people with disabilities or conditions such as MS, it may mean having greater control over your body and its movements.
4. Reduced stress and improved mental clarity
Chair yoga can lessen the impact of chronic illnesses and pain. For elderly people, it may also help them cope with feelings of isolation if this is a problem. Being calmer and more relaxed inevitably leads to a greater feeling of happiness and well-being, which everyone can benefit from!
5. Opportunities to meet people and socialize
Joining chair yoga classes for those with mobility issues and the elderly will also give them a venue to socialize and make friends. However, it’s important that you choose an appropriate class so that the instructor will have specific knowledge about what is appropriate for you to do—they’ll be able to suitably adapt the exercises.
6. Improved stress and pain management
Chair yoga (and yoga in general, really) includes breath work, which can help people not only with stress management but also for coping and managing pain. Through meditation and paying attention to your breath, you can help your body and mind to cope with the pain of an illness or condition you may suffer with.
The perception of Yoga to the general public can be very misleading.
This has largely been created by the media, who when they are putting together a magazine cover want classy and complicated postures by a model who looks very thin, very svelte and very flexible!…..consequently this has created an image that Yoga is basically some form of complicated exercise similar to that of a circus acrobat!…..which then makes people believe…..!
I am not FLEXIBLE enough to practice Yoga
I have to be THIN to practice Yoga
I have to be YOUNG to practice Yoga
It is too COMPLICATED
These are huge misconceptions as Yoga can be adapted to any ability, regardless of limitations.
Yoga is suitable for everyone, all levels of it are not the same of course, BUT you are still getting the mind/body coordination and the meditative component – the mindfulness and the awareness.
There are four components:
The physical postures: stretching/breathing & relaxation techniques.
Self-regulation: the ability to control our internal stress response, and to control our emotional response
The cultivation of mind/body awareness: the sense of being able to feel and experience what is going on in the body, and to experience what is going on mentally to observe the flow of thought, this can lead to increased mindfulness which can change behaviours in a very positive way.
Experiencing deeper states: even short term meditative states can be transformative and can help take you to a more positive lifestyle.
THERE IS ALWAYS SOME ASPECT OF YOGA THAT IS APPLICABLE!!
The more control we have in our minds the more power we have in our life.
When we strengthen ourselves as individuals, we take back the power over our behaviour.