Flexibility is considered to be a “by-product” of constant Yoga exercise, but in the case of Chair Yoga, it is often “downplayed” or taken with levity. Since most Chair Yoga enthusiasts are senior citizens, the real worth of flexibility is mobility.
Considering that mobility for the elderly can be the difference between independence and dependence, flexibility is now of extreme importance.
An average mobile senior citizen is more flexible in parts of the body such as the spine, hips, shoulders, and wrists than other counterparts that are dependent.
Some persons find it difficult to cross their legs. Participants in chair yoga sessions learn different exercises to free up major joints to improve mobility. Some also say how pain from some ailments become more manageable after chair yoga practices.
The ability to move around makes a big difference when reaching for things. It also prevents against injuries that occur from a fall or strain. If an elderly individual falls, the aftermath of fall could eventually be life threatening.
Many balancing exercises get offered in chair yoga.
Some things such as medication and inner ear problem can affect the balance of a senior, however many seniors have made improvements within weeks of their first yoga chair sessions.
Therefore it becomes clear that flexibility and balance are crucial to injury prevention and ultimately improve the lives of the elderly.
However, it is important to say that flexibility is not the only factor in the level of dependency in seniors, disabling conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s are factors too.
Although the less free and frail seniors get confined, most seniors should try to stay mobile and flexible because ultimately their dignity is at stake and so is their independence.