This week we explore a chair based session, perfect for everyone in the family including those who are less mobile, injured or stuck in an office-like situation. You will, however, need high-backed chairs without arms to take part. Please be reminded to only do what feels comfortable to you taking good kind care of yourself.
Whilst using this yoga resource know you are helping you and your family's wellbeing:
1) Get Active - yoga may not be running a marathon but regular practice, yes even on a chair, will reap many benefits to the physical and mental bodies. Aim to engage your body as much as you can as you move through different postures whilst practising kindness and not pushing yourself too far.
2) Keep Learning - Sometimes you may feel like you are stuck in a rut and that you have to create a lot of physical and mental space to do a Yoga session, however yoga and mindfulness practices can be broken up and placed into your day in a pattern that makes them useful to you. Learning chair yoga can also keep things fresh & exciting if you have never tried it before, and help create a sense of understanding of what it may be like for those who are less mobile. If you have never tried yoga due to mobility issues, then perhaps this can be the start of a journey into trying something new.
3) Be Mindful - Take the opportunity throughout this practice simply to notice. Notice how you are breathing - fast/slow, when does it change? Notice how your body feels in the postures - which are comfortable, and which less so? At whatever point you are coming to yoga at, proceed mindfully. It's not a case of judging yourself either positively or negatively but attempting just to see yourself as you are exactly as you are practicing. It's not in the postures made on the screen, nor the one you think you 'Want' to make but in the acceptance and careful watching of what your body can actually do without pressing or pushing it.4) Practice Kindness- Yoga is a practice that is to be built up over time and practiced with a keen inner ear listening to our bodies every single time however yoga can also be riddled with wanting to make the 'pose'. Be sure that in every practice you listen keenly to how your body is feeling and practice with kindness. In yoga only ever practice with kindness to yourself - EVERY practice is different and our bodies will feel the postures differently every time. Yoga should never hurt. Look after yourself - there is only one of you.
5) Think Community - Practice this session with your community at home and spread the word online.