Chair Yoga for Seniors:
Enhancing Health and Well-being
mini-workshop with Jacquie 'Sunny' Barbee
Replay of the virtual event held live on Friday June 23, 2023
Join experienced yoga instructor, Sunny Barbee, for this workshop, designed to provide gentle and accessible yoga exercises for older adults who may have mobility limitations or difficulty with traditional yoga poses. Sunny, who specializes in working with older adults and understands their unique challenges and goals, delved into the benefits of chair yoga specifically tailored for seniors.
As we age, it becomes increasingly important to maintain an active lifestyle and prioritize our physical and mental well-being. Chair yoga offers a gentle yet effective approach to exercise and relaxation, making it an ideal practice for older adults.
Through this workshop Sunny explored why older adults need chair yoga and how it can significantly improve their overall health and quality of life, improve flexibility and balance, and improve posture, through a series of seated and supported yoga postures.
Check out the workshop replay to learn how to use a chair as a prop to support your practice, making yoga accessible and enjoyable for individuals of all abilities. Throughout the session, Sunny shared clear instructions, modifications, and options to adapt the poses to individual needs and abilities.
A (non-exhaustive) list of resources shared during this session:
- The Chair Yoga Handbook for Yoga Teachers: A Comprehensive Guide to Teaching Chair Based Yoga by Maria Jones
- Accessible Yoga: Poses and Practices for Every Body by Jivana Heyman
- Yoga Therapy for Arthritis by Steffany Moonaz
- Water Yoga: A Teacher's Guide to Improving Movement, Health and Wellbeing by Christa Fairbrother
- Yoga for All Training Online with Dianne Bondy & Amber Karnes
- Accessible Yoga Training Online with Jivana Heyman & guests
- Mind Body Solutions with Matthew Sanford
- Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga
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About the Accessible Yoga Association
Accessible Yoga is a nonprofit organization that believes that all people—regardless of ability, race, age, level, or background—deserve equal access to yoga. Through education and advocacy, we share the teachings and benefits of yoga with those who have been marginalized.
We envision a world where everyone has access to the yoga teachings that offer individual empowerment and spiritual awakening. We identify and remove barriers to access, build strong networks, and advocate for an accessible, equitable, and dynamic yoga culture.