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Is Chair Yoga just a Gimmick?

The importance of making yoga inclusive cannot be overstated. Yoga is not just a physical exercise; it is a holistic approach to wellness that encompasses the body, mind, and spirit. By breaking down barriers to entry, Chair Yoga ensures that more people can experience the benefits of yoga. 

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Yoga has an undeniable transformative effect on physical, mental, and emotional well-being. However, the image often associated with yoga – flexible, toned individuals bending and stretching on a mat – can be a deterrent for many who could benefit from its practice. Enter Chair Yoga, a practice that challenges preconceived notions and makes yoga accessible to a wider audience. 

Derived from traditional yoga, Chair Yoga is not a gimmick. It serves as a bridge, connecting individuals of various abilities and lifestyles to the profound benefits of yoga. It’s not just for seniors or those with limited mobility; it caters to office workers, frequent travelers, and anyone seeking a yoga practice that can be enjoyed without the need to get up and down from a mat on the floor. 

The importance of making yoga inclusive cannot be overstated. Yoga is not just a physical exercise; it is a holistic approach to wellness that encompasses the body, mind, and spirit. By breaking down barriers to entry, Chair Yoga ensures that more people can experience the benefits of yoga. 

Chair Yoga Teacher Training Course: Making Yoga Inclusive

For those passionate about spreading the transformative power of yoga, our Chair Yoga Teacher Training Course offers a unique opportunity. This training provides a creative perspective on utilizing a chair as an extension and support in yoga practice.  

The course structure is designed for accessibility, recognizing the diverse needs of individuals. The content is delivered through a full day of interactive learning, either in-studio on March 9 or via a Virtual Livestream on March 10 in addition to a library of recorded content accessible for three months, allowing participants to learn at their own pace.  

Whether taken as a stand-alone CPD course or as part of our Yoga Alliance accredited 300-hour yoga teacher training programme, this training equips teachers with innovative skills and ideas. The emphasis is on making yoga enjoyable and accessible for all, irrespective of age, physical condition, or lifestyle. 

Course Contents: Crafting Inclusive Yoga Experiences

Chair Yoga Teacher Training Course covers a spectrum of topics aimed at enhancing teaching skills and broadening the reach of yoga. From understanding the nuances of using chairs and props to structuring inclusive sessions, the course delves into warming up, adapting asanas, and working with limited mobility. 

Moreover, it addresses the challenges teachers often face in accommodating diverse requirements within one group. By exploring techniques for modifying poses for seniors, those with less mobility, and individuals with varying levels of strength and flexibility, the course empowers instructors to create truly inclusive yoga experiences. 

Additionally, the curriculum includes insights into office yoga, acknowledging the needs of those who find themselves seated for extended periods. The course also covers relaxation and restorative options, promoting overall well-being. 

The Chair Yoga Teacher Training Course offers ample opportunities for practical application. With teaching practice sessions, feedback, and discussions in smaller groups, participants can fine-tune their skills and gain confidence in making yoga accessible to all. 

As a yoga centre that has been operating for 25 years, we have seen the landscape of yoga change beyond recognition. The innovative practices of Chair Yoga is not a gimmick; it is infact a gateway to inclusivity. By embracing this practice and undergoing specialized training, yoga instructors can extend the gift of yoga to a broader community, breaking down barriers and ensuring that everyone can experience the transformative benefits of this ancient practice. 

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