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Chair yoga is a revolutionary concept designed to make the numerous benefits of classical yoga available to a wider range of physical abilities. This step-by-step program can be practiced by virtually anyone, anywhere, in any chair, to stimulate physical and mental well-being. This fully illustrated guide contains ninety easy-to-master exercises that have been specially developed for those with a limited range of movement. Clear instructions guide the reader through each routine, all of which can be carried out safely without any previous knowledge or yoga expertise. The exercises can also be adapted by yoga teachers who want to incorporate chair yoga into their classes. This book will be popular with anyone wanting to experience the health benefits of an easy, versatile form of yoga, particularly the elderly, individuals rehabilitating after injury or illness, those with physical disabilities, as well as the professionals who support them.
Edeltraud Rohnfeld qualified as a yoga teacher at the Berlin Yoga Institute Asha Rekai in 1991. She taught private yoga classes in Berlin for 15 years and trained yoga teachers and healthcare professionals. She later specialised in chair yoga, learning from its founder Erika Hammerstroem. She moved to Ireland in 2008 where she runs seminars on chair and classic yoga. Her website can be viewed at www.yoga-clare.com.
Specially designed to improve fitness for the elderly, disabled and those in wheelchairs, with 90 fully illustrated and explained original exercises.
Table of contents
1. Correct Breathing Techniques.
2. Exercises for Feet and Toes.
3. Exercises for the Legs.
4. Exercises for Fingers, Hands and Wrists.
5. Exercises for the Arms.
6 Exercises for the Back.
7. Exercises for Shoulders and Neck.
8. Exercises Standing Up (with or without a chair).
9. Exercises for the Brain.
10. Pelvic Floor Exercise.
11. Eye Exercises.
How do I create a Chair Yoga session?
If You Want to Know More About Yoga.
Why I wrote this book.
"Chair Yoga is a welcome addition to our yoga library… it will be a boon to our aging population who are often worried about starting yoga in case they are too stiff to keep up with the rest of the class. This is the book that I have been waiting for. I will now be able to help so many more people who require a more gentle approach to yoga. I am going to recommend it to all my pupils with mobility problems."
- Barbara Currie, yoga expert and creator of numerous yoga dvds and books
"A perfect guide to yoga for people with limited mobility. The clearly explained, gentle chair exercises promote strength and flexibility, and open the benefits of yoga to all. Chair Yoga keeps muscles strong, joints flexible, minds alert, and improves balance...Beautifully written and accessible, this is a gem of a book."
- Annette Wellings, Pilates instructor and author of Curves, Twists and Bends: A Practical Guide to Pilates for Scoliosis