Chair yoga is a wonderful way to build and maintain strength, balance and flexibility in the body – including your internal organs. Boat pose will do just that. Try this modified version of Boat suitable for beginners.
Strengthens the abdomen, hip flexors and spine
Stimulates the kidneys, thyroid and prostate glands, and intestines
Helps relieve stress
Sitting tall with shoulders relaxed, bring the belly in toward the spine. Lift the crown of the head toward the sky.
Place the hands on the side of the chair in line with the hips. Take a deep breath, lift the right knee straight up 12 inches or so, with right foot directly under the knee and flexed. Release on the exhale. Alternate on both sides five times. Then, try lifting both feet and knees straight up off the floor, pressing the knees together, flex the feet and hold for 3 breaths. Release and rest. Repeat.
Use caution if you have back pain or have had back surgery.
Come to Chair Yoga class with Suzi Mahler, Tuesday and Fridays at 9:30am at Grey Bears.