Chair Yoga

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Seniors practicing chair yoga

Chair yoga is a form of yoga as therapy developed by Lakshmi Voelker-Binder in 1982, practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support.[1] The poses, or asanas, are often adaptations of modern yoga poses.


Lakshmi Voelker-Binder (given her first name by Muktananda) created Chair Yoga in 1982, on seeing that one of her pupils, aged only in her thirties, was unable to do floor poses because of arthritis.[2]


Chair yoga is suitable for students unable to participate in a traditional yoga class due to the effects of aging or disability. Chair yoga offers a practical alternative, as it deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. Chair yoga classes are sometimes made available at senior fitness centers, retirement facilities, and adult daycare centers.[1] Chair yoga has helped people with the symptoms of many health issues including: hypertension (high blood pressure), anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, vertigo (medical), multiple sclerosis, Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, carpal tunnel syndrome, clinical depression, and chronic pain. Clients can learn many kinds of yoga postures, yoga breathing techniques, meditation, and ways of relaxation, with the aid of a chair.[1][3][4]


  1. ^ a b c "Welcome". Get Fit Where You Sit. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  2. ^ "About Lakshmi Voelker". Get Fit Where You Sit. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  3. ^ "What Actually Is Chair Yoga and How Do I Do It?". Aaptiv. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  4. ^ Kravetz, Richard. "6 Benefits Of Chair Yoga + 8 Poses To Get You Started". Do You Yoga. Retrieved 8 April 2019.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-06. Retrieved 2014-08-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)