A Guide To Teaching Chair Yoga Classes

By: Devender kumar

With the increasing popularity of Yoga across the globe, we are witnessing the evolution of a number of different poses and techniques in it. Chair Yoga is also one of its type of contemporary yoga style which is practiced using a chair. As the name depicts, this physical Yoga style is completely allied to chairs and cannot be practiced without it. This contemporary style of Yoga has contributed immensely in making Yoga accessible for those who lack mobility (or who cannot move). Thus, it should be the utmost concern of a Chair Yoga teacher to get acquainted with tools and techniques for practicing Chair Yoga.

What about the chairs?

It is very easy to understand that Chair Yoga is all about adaptability. Although most of the chair yoga practitioners are either elderly persons or people with disabilities, it is equally fruitful for everybody. Any kind of chair can be used but the one with wheels because they are movable. It is recommended to use a chair of your size so that your sole can comfortably touch the surface.

Things to keep in mind before teaching Chair Yoga:

Be Benevolent: A Chair Yoga teacher must be very soft-spoken. He/she must not get harsh while teaching.

Be friendly: A friendly relation with the students is highly appreciated for a Chair Yoga teacher. As a friend, they are more likely to follow you.

Should move step-wise: This is the utmost requirement of this yoga style as any mistiming within the poses can distress the practitioners.

A Chair Yoga teacher must be aware of the different poses and their benefits. An ideal Chair Yoga teacher is able to reach out to his/her students to make them understand these benefits. Here are some of the most popular Chair Yoga poses and their benefits:

Utkatasana: Sitting on the chair, take a long breath, raise your hands high in the air. You can also join them up in the air into a namaskara pose. Concentrate on your mind and hold the position for 60 seconds.

Urdhva Hastasana: Practiced for flexibility in wrists and elbows, this is the easiest of poses. Also called raised-hand pose, it is practiced by raising your arms high in the air providing a deep stretch to the spine.

Chair Uttanasana: Sitting on the chair you have to bend forward. Put some pressure on your feet. Gently bend forward and touch the surface (if you can). It is extremely important for a teacher to keep a gimlet eye on the movement because it can be baleful for an aged person (starters). It helps increase flexibility in the body.

Utthita Parsvakonasana: This is also called extended side angle pose. Advise your students to sit straight for a minute or two with no movement, after the previous pose. Now instruct them to gently raise their right/left hands, one by one making >120 degree with your feet. Make sure their other hand touches the ground.

Ardha Matsyendrasana: Put a mirror behind your studentsí chair exactly at 180 degrees. Now, tell them to make an effort to look into the mirror. It may not be possible for the very first time, so do not pressurize them to do so. Try to spot improvement every passing day. It can prove handy for a better spinal cord and blood circulation to a great extent.

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana: Sit back in the chair. Keep right ankle on left thigh. Make sure your right knee and the left one are parallel to one another. Holding your right knee bend forward. Repeat it for a few times.

Although there are various other poses you can teach your students but these basic poses should be taught for better improvement. Tuting students these poses earlier is hugely suggested.

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