Easy Chair Yoga Poses to Try for Beginners

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Since we all know that yoga is a very easy form of exercise for everyone, there are other ways that you can work out even while seated. Chair yoga is a good way to modify what you already know, and can be accessible as well to those who cannot stand or lack the capability to stand in an upright position.

Aside from getting a good stretch out of these exercises, chair yoga will also allow you to improve your muscle strength and ensure good breathing habits, which reduces stress, promotes better sleep, and overall good health.

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Here are a couple of chair yoga poses for beginners that you should try. Take a look at these:

Chair Cat Cow Yoga Pose

This pose is great for beginners. It’s simple to do, and does not require much effort on your part to do. As a beginner, it will also improve the health of your back, and will get rid of any cranks.

Here’s how you can do it:

  • With a chair in place, sit on the chair with your spine extended and your feet securely placed on the floor. Put your hands in a comfortable position, preferably on top of your knees or on top of your thighs.
  • Slowly inhale, and then arch your back. Roll your shoulders down, with your shoulder blades onto your back.
  • Round your back and drop your chin to your torso when you exhale, allowing your shoulder and head to move forward.
  • Continue to move from the cow position to the cat position while you are inhaling and exhaling.
  • Do this for 6 breaths.

Chair Raised Hand Yoga Pose

Here’s another great way to practice your poses without that much effort. If you want to practice your breathing however, this will be the best pose for you.

Here’s how you can do it:

  • Take a chair and sit down with your feet planted firmly on the floor.
  • With each inhale, make sure to raise your hands up in the air.
  • Let your shoulder blades move down your spine as you reach for the sky with your fingers.
  • Also remember to anchor your sit bones, and then reach up for the sky from there.

Extended Side Angle Chair Pose

This pose is great for getting rid of stress in the back and on the sides of your body. Through the stretching technique, it will build your spine health and support, as well as help develop your spine flexibility.  You will find that after this pose, you will relaxed and calm.

Here’s how you can do it:

  • In a sitting position, position your arms on your sides and sit with your back straight.
  • From that position, bring your left or right fingertip down to the floor, just to the outside of your opposite foot. Depending on which side of your arm you are comfortable with starting with.
  • Twist your chest to the opposite side of your current position, and inhale as deeply as you can. Bring your right arm and gaze up.
  • If in any case that you cannot extend your arm as easily as one or the other to the floor, you can put a block under it or bring yourself down to your knee and then twist from there.
  • Make sure to breathe properly and do the same thing with your other arm.
  • Remember to hold your breathing for a few breaths before changing to the other arm.
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