Did you wake up feeling stiff and achy this morning? Join the club… most people over the age of 50 probably did, too. This doesn’t mean you have to go the whole day feeling stiff and moving like a robot. Being pain free takes effort and commitment, and it doesn’t come in a bottle. The body is designed to take care of its own health, and through the regular practice of chair yoga you, too, can be pain free.
It’s no secret that yoga increases muscular flexibility and strength, improves balance and helps with many other chronic pain conditions. It also eases the stress, anxiety and depression that can create and reinforce pain, making you feel more comfortable in both your mind and your body.
Chair yoga teacher, Suzi Mahler, has many simple, effective remedies to help with stiff, achy joints and muscles. She has developed a system of exercises while seated on a chair that help our bodies feel flexible and free again. Try this simple movement to help open painful, stiff joints and muscles.
Place arms in “cactus” by lifting the arms to the side and bending the elbows at right angles.
Touch your right hand to your left shoulder as you turn your head to the right. Then alternating, touch left hand to right shoulder while turning your head to the left. Now try touching your right hand to the left knee, turning head to the right, and now the whole body is moving. Do this a few times and mix it up. Your brain benefits, too!
Grey Bears offers chair yoga on Tuesdays and Fridays with Suzi Mahler, and Thursdays with Sarah Kaufman. Classes start at 9:30am on a drop-in basis with a suggested donation of $5.