Chair Yoga Exceeds Its Name

By Maria Scandale | Aug 05, 2019
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Loveladies — Whenever some experienced yogis hear “Chair Yoga,” visions of nursing homes or inactive seniors may come to mind. “Not so,” said Marion Cianci, creator of Chair, Pair and Bare Yoga for active seniors (ages 50-plus) and younger people with temporary health setbacks, such as healed fractures or recent illnesses.

“Yes, we sometimes sit on a chair and perform the same warm-ups as if one were sitting on a floor (eye, neck and shoulder work, core strengtheners, etc.), but we use the chair as a prop to perfect a pose,” she explained, “to allow a student to spend more time in a more challenging pose and to better understand the pose before transferring to a non-chair yoga class.”

The yoga teacher of 25 years said, “We use the chair to sit, but also to hold onto – right side up, upside down and even two chairs. ‘I bring the floor to you’ is my mantra,” she added with a laugh.

“There are some poses, like the twist, that actually work better on a chair. The asana (pose) becomes deeper and more specific. My favorite is the slanted blocks on the legs of the chair. Deep results occur in the Achilles tendon and calf muscles – great for runners.

“The more I practice this method of yoga, the more respect I have for the lowly metal folding chair.”

She urges those interested to take the class and see the possibilities.

Classes are held at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies, every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. All are invited.

The cost is $18 per class; there is a discount if the participant is an LBIF member. The classes are held on a drop-in basis; pre-registration is not necessary. —M.S.

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