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Chair Yoga: Yoga For Any Body

Updated on September 23, 2013

Yoga?? Me??


Yoga isn't about being the most flexible, or athletic, or strongest - it is about reserving a space in your day to put everything else aside and spend some time in your body. Participation in yoga is an incredibly rejuvenating and healing activity. It is not just for the young and active - it's for every body! Those who are aging, recovering from an injury, dealing with weight issues, or even those with no time away from work can all do yoga , too!

Chair yoga is a form of yoga for those who need a little extra assistance or support in the poses. It is just as effective and recuperative than yoga on a mat! Do you have your chair ready? Let's go!

Who Can Benefit From Chair Yoga?

  • If you find yourself sitting and feel the need for some rejuvenation, try a few Chair Yoga poses. Fold forward and let your hands and head hang. Enjoy the stretch across your shoulders and back of your neck. Chair Yoga is especially helpful if you are:

Extremely Inflexible

• Those with very tight hamstrings or inflexible spine might find yoga in a chair more comfortable and supportive while they work on increasing flexibility.

Recovering From an Injury or Surgery

• The pain of an injury may keep someone from performing the exercise they did previously. Doing Chair Yoga while recovering can maintain strength and flexibility until the person is able to get back to his or her regular exercise program.

Dealing With the Effects of Aging

• Chair yoga helps keeps muscles stronger, joints flexible, minds alert and improves balance.

Managing Weight Issues

• Chair yoga is an excellent way to ease back into an exercise routine and makes the poses more accessible and comfortable.

Working With a Chronic Illness

• Extended illnesses can rob one's energy. Gentle exercise helps invigorate the body and build stamina while still allowing the body to heal.

Struggling To Get Away from Work

• Strapped for time and can't get away from your desk? Stay in your chair, do a few postures and you'll be re-energized for your next project.

Easy Does It Yoga!

The American Yoga Association's Easy Does It Yoga : The Safe and Gentle Way to Health and Well-Being
The American Yoga Association's Easy Does It Yoga : The Safe and Gentle Way to Health and Well-Being

One of THE BEST books on chair yoga! This book targets older adults and persons with chronic medical conditions who may require a gentle or modified approach to exercise. A six-week program to get you started and to help you develop a basic understanding of essential movements!


Sample Chair Yoga Poses

  • Side twists are beneficial for spine flexibility and mobility. Also great for massaging and increasing the blood flow to the organs.


Adho Mukha Svanasana is wonderful for strengthening the arms and shoulders, aligning the spine and improving mobility in the hips.


Virabhadrasana I is perfect for building strength in the legs and shoulders, mobility in the hips and alignment of the spine.

Teaching "Easy Does It Yoga"

The Easy Does It Yoga Trainer's Guide
The Easy Does It Yoga Trainer's Guide

Do you want to share the experience of Chair Yoga with others? Check on this book for a comprehensive guide to teaching Easy Does It Yoga!


Chair Yoga Demo Videos

Find a Yoga Chair!

Set of 4 Triple Braced & Double Hinged Gray Fabric HERCULES™ Folding Chair - 2.5''Thick Seat [HF3-MC320AF-GRY-GG]
Set of 4 Triple Braced & Double Hinged Gray Fabric HERCULES™ Folding Chair - 2.5''Thick Seat [HF3-MC320AF-GRY-GG]

The best type of Yoga Chair is one that won't slip, is comfortable, does not have arms, and has a back to use for support. Check for rubber caps or non-slip patches on the feet of the chair. Comfort is also important. Hard chairs with any sharp or rough edges or places that pinch can make your yoga experience unpleasant.


Sitting at a Computer All Day?

Yoga for Computer Users: Healthy Necks, Shoulders, Wrists, and Hands in the Postmodern Age (Yoga Shorts)
Yoga for Computer Users: Healthy Necks, Shoulders, Wrists, and Hands in the Postmodern Age (Yoga Shorts)

An ever-increasing number of people depend on computers for both work and entertainment, which means an ever-increasing number of hours spent slumped in a chair and an ever-increasing number of hand, wrist, neck, and shoulder injuries. Yoga for Computer Users offers a new kind of preventive self-care. It contains 23 illustrated poses and exercises, plus breathing and relaxation techniques, that increase circulation and range of motion, prevent injuries to the upper body, improve posture, and avert energy stagnation. They can be performed regardless of age or yoga experience.


Chair Yoga for your TV

Chair Yoga: A Seated Practice
Chair Yoga: A Seated Practice

Chair yoga with yoga certified instructor Ann Richmond is a seated yoga practice designed specially for those who would like the benefits of yoga, but for whom a standard yoga practice is not possible.

In this practice, you will be gently guided through a series of stretches and modified yoga poses designed to increase stamina and bloodflow, as well as to help with problems that many of us deal with, such as fatigue and stress. Yoga tones the body and clears the mind.

Yoga is something that can help every person and every body. Yoga is highly beneficial, regardless of your level of flexibility.

Enjoy the benefits of yoga without having to perform rigorous standing poses.

Yoga is for EVERY body!


  • What do you think of Chair Yoga? Would it be helpful for someone you know? Have any additional yoga tips for those easing into yoga?

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      5 years ago

      Chair yoga allows anyone who for whatever cannot participate in mat yoga to derive all the benfits of yoga.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana

      We spend way too much time sitting, so using chair for any other activity is great idea!

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      three rexer 

      7 years ago

      wooo very useful

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      7 years ago

      I feel so much pain in my back due to bad position and i will try chair yoga. Very nice lens!

    • KANEsUgAr profile image


      7 years ago

      i never though about using a chair for yoga before. great ideas i love it.

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      Gerald McConway 

      7 years ago

      I have a very bad back and have been looking for ways to partake in Yoga at a "beginner" level so I can enjoy the benefits. This looks like the perfect solution, thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the info nice work.

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      Ilona E 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      I think it is wonderful! Yes, I think it would be great for me :)

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      8 years ago from U.S.

      Great information! I've lensrolled it to my "Are You Worried About Trying Yoga" lens, and added a link in the "Modified Yoga Classes...." module, since I also think my readers would be interested in this info.

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      Moe Wood 

      8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Very helpful. I think my readers could benefit from this so I've linked it to my plus size yoga lens and twittered it.

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      8 years ago

      Nice work on your chair yoga lens! 5*'s


    • squid-janices7 profile image


      8 years ago

      What a great idea for someone that can't stand very long (like me). I've been doing floor mat Pilates for years, but I might have to give this a try!

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      8 years ago from USA

      Wow, this is amazing. I have always wanted to do yoga but have not for various reason. Maybe this is where I should start.

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      It looks like Chair Yoga would be perfect for me at my age. I need some flexibility. Will save this page and begin to practice! Thanks for the great information.

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      8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Great resource highlighting a different aspect of practicing yoga. After hours in front of a computer, I shall find this very useful.

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      8 years ago

      Yes, my Mom is doing Chair Yoga! I think I could probably benefit from it also. Thank you, Debbie

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      This is a very useful guide to an often neglected aspect of yoga practice and of exercising more generally. Chair yoga opens up the benefits of yoga to many more people, and I also like the inclusion of computer users in this group as too many hours in front of a computer can take its toll. Very well-presented.

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      8 years ago

      Really well done, great details, nice pictures, everything someone who would like to yoga would learn is here!

      Blessed by a SquidAngel.


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