Chair yoga works correctly with most physical therapy prescriptions. Many physiotherapists have the knowledge of yoga and are themselves yoga teachers. Most patients with physical disabilities as a result of strokes, heart attacks, and car accidents are advised by doctors and physical therapist to sign up for yoga classes for their ‘comebacks.’
Yoga motivates these patients to move ahead when many would get discouraged.
Stretching and flexing of the muscle group help to improve the muscle tone, these muscles can be seen on the body of active individuals. These exercises are an excellent way to relieve anxiety, tension, stress and prevention of depression, this ultimately improves the health of the whole body, and a healthy body compliments a healthy psyche.
For individuals confined to a chair, it would be discerning to include some form of weight resistance exercise program. For the people who can stand, chair yoga is a form of weight bearing/weight resistance program with you bearing the weight of your body, and this stimulates bone building, increase bone density and prevents osteoporosis.
Most seniors are often alone, and this solitude can lead to depression in some people. Chair yoga classes offer a form of social interaction that helps to stimulate the psyche positively. This exercise becomes an elevating activity that partakers look forward to. Regular attendance and social interactions in these classes contribute to forming strong relationships between the participants. This also shows to the seniors’ many activities that go on at the community center.
All participants get exposed to health and nutritional education.
And lastly, all participants learn to calm and quiet the mind down, through breath awareness, stage-by-stage relaxation, meditation, etc.
Yoga students get to control the psyche and focus on the positive side of life, pushing depression away.