If mobility issues are preventing you from fully enjoying our regular drop in classes–or if you just think it would be fun–chair yoga is for you!
This is a form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support.
Using a chair allows REAL people to do REAL yoga.
While this class is more accessible than a “regular” yoga class, it is not “dumbed down”.
You will leave class with a calm mind, clear head, and feeling like you worked your body in a therapeutic way.
Chair Yoga is one of our regular drop-in classes.
No pre-registration is necessary.
Brand new beginners are welcomed at any time.
You will feel welcomed and included.
Classes meet Thursdays at 10:30am. Please check the schedule for any cancelations or changes.
Six Reasons to Participate in Chair Yoga
Body strength enables us to withstand falls and injury and helps us with balance.
Reduce Joint Strain
Chair yoga reduces the strain on joints and muscles, which allows someone who is unable to stand for traditional yoga an opportunity to practice too
Relaxation is a skill. We tend to assume that we are not relaxed because the circumstances of our lives are too stressful. We may tell ourselves that we will relax after the mortgage is paid or after a family member completes chemotherapy. The truth is that everyone’s life always contains some tension-inducing problems. So we must learn how to relax.
Incorporating breath work with the postures helps clear the mind of unwanted thoughts, improve mood and decrease stress.
Reduce or Even Eliminate Insomnia, Arthritis and Constipation
Many chair yoga participants report that after one to three months of regular weekly classes, they sleep better at night. Some students who previously experienced chronic constipation have more regular bowel movements without medication. Pains from arthritis, sciatica, chronic back ache and other conditions also tend to decrease or in some cases even disappear with yoga practice.
Connect with Other People
Several studies have shown the following benfits to staying active and connected to others:
- You may live longer – staying connected may have overall health benefits.
- Your physical health may be better – socialization may help build a stronger immune system.
- Better mental health – Interacting with others lightens your mood and feelings of depression may decrease.
- You may lower risk of dementia – socializing is good for your brain health.
How to Prepare for your first Chair Yoga Class
- Arrive 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork.
- Wear comfortable clothing to stretch easily.
- If possible, avoid eating 1-2 hours beforehand.
- Drink plenty of water throughout your day to be hydrated for your class.
- Avoid wearing perfumes, colognes, etc. or smoking before class.
- We encourage students to bring their own mats but we do provide free loaner mats and props.
- All class passes and memberships are not transferable, non-refundable and cannot be frozen. Please respect our policies. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX and Checks.
- Students under 18 must have an adult accompany them to the studio for their first class and are admitted at the discretion of Yoga in ME.
- We are not responsible for your valuables.
- All students must sign a waiver and are admitted at the discretion of Yoga in ME.
- The Studio closes up to 4 week a year for major holidays, select events and for routine maintenance and studio upgrades.
- Schedule and prices subject to change without notice.
- Leave outdoor shoes by the front door.
- If you must wear shoes, please bring a clean pair of indoor-only shoes and change when you arrive.
- If you must wear socks, make sure they have grips on the bottom so you don’t slip.
- Have cell phones off – even if you are leaving them in the lobby.
- Enter the practice space mindfully,
- Place your mat on the floor in way that won’t startle anyone.
- Keep social conversations very quiet or save them for the lobby area.
- If you arrive late:
- Wait until any quiet, centering activities have finished before entering the classroom.
- Keep personal belongings in the studio to a minimum.
- Do not leave your glasses on the floor.
- Avoid unnecessary props around your mat.
- Avoid interrupting the instructor unless he/she has specifically invited you to do so – or it is an emergency.
- Wash yoga clothes in unscented laundry detergent and refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or strong essential oils. Many students are allergic to or sickened by the smell of the artificial fragrances in commercial detergent or other strong odors.