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Maybe you’re nursing a bum knee. Or you’re tied to your desk trying to meet a deadline. Or your balance isn’t what it used to be. That doesn’t mean you have to skip your yoga practice. Chair yoga gives you the opportunity to stretch and strengthen, just like a traditional yoga practice.
“With some creativity you can still get such a great yoga stretch for the body,” says Jivana Heyman, founder and director of Accessible Yoga. “All the practices can be adapted for the chair.” You will have the benefit of extra support—whether you’re sitting on the chair, using it in lieu of blocks, or have it nearby for stability. And it may be a safer and more accessible way to practice if you have had injuries.
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Chair yoga is one of the most democratic forms of yoga: It’s accessible to almost anyone. Try this chair yoga sequence designed by Jivana Heyman to reduce joint strain and boost your concentration, mobility, and strength.
If you don’t have time to get on your mat, you can re-energize yourself using this simple chair yoga sequence designed by Jenifer Cohen Harper and Mayuri Gonzalez. It’s perfect for desk-bound days or any time you’re feeling sluggish.
Whether you’re working from home or toiling away at the office, taking a few minutes to breathe and stretch can help boost your energy and your creativity. This sequence incorporates quiet meditation, invigorating breathwork, and deep stretches to clear your mind so you can perform at your peak.
If work has you feeling tense and tight, Jillian Pransky’s desk yoga practice can help you loosen up without leaving your seat. And the best part? This short and slow practice won’t even take up your whole lunch hour.
Looming deadlines, a mile-long to-do list, and that one special co-worker who is like a pebble in your shoe: sometimes the workplace can feel like the worst place. Ease your stress with this seated yoga routine from Lynn Stoller, a Boston-based hatha yoga teacher and occupational therapist.
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