In keeping with the theme of Ahimsa this week….I thought it appropriate to share some kind words from one of our valued Chair Yoga students at YOUYOGA, as well as share a photo of her practicing Tree Pose/Vrksasana on a chair. The practice of Tree Pose helps to strengthen the ankle while creating new space in the hip. This openness in the hip can help to improve the symptoms of Sciatica, which is a pain or numbness in the leg, hip, and/or lower back caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve located at the lumbar (lower back) spine.
It also increases our muscular and skeletal strength in our arches, calves and thighs. Helping us to create a strong base to improve, or maintain our physical balance. If we lift our palms above the crown of our head, it can also help to increase our ability to breath, along with improving our circulation. With greater breath and improved blood flow….our internal organs get the support they need to function properly.
By lifting our arms we also engage the muscles of our back-body…..helping to make it stronger, while improving our posture. However, if your shoulders sense pain from an injury, or weakness then keep those hands at heart, or belly center. Remember to keep lengthening the neck away from the tops of the shoulders, as you draw your shoulder blades towards one another. This action alone will help to develop strength whether the hands are above, or below the heart.
Lastly, practicing Tree Pose wether sitting, or standing will help to develop a sense of calm and focus. I think we can all agree calm is worth seeking on a daily basis……for too often it seems that they day isn’t long enough for the task list that awaits our attention. So whether you’re at work, or at home between taks, or commercial breaks be inspired to take a moment and try Tree Pose…..sitting or standing…..and see what it can do for YOU! If nothing else it can become a moment of quality time for yourself. Helping you to create the quality of Ahimsa………loving, compassion, and a sense of worthiness. All qualities that can help us be better people knowing that we deserve to feel and be well.
Special thanks to Christine for allowing YOUYOGA to share her kind words (found below) and lovely photo with all of our viewers 😉
“Chair yoga at YOUYOGA is REAL yoga. It’s good challenging exercise and it …makes you feel strong and balanced.You’re doing real yoga and the chair is just there for support. Really, that’s what YOUYOGA classes, and YOUYOGA teachers, are for … a little support when you need it.
You’re never on your own, there’s always an encouraging voice to remind you to be mindful of, and explore, your strength.”