Everybody Can Join Chair Yoga And Enjoy The Benefits

According to the CDC, “older adults can obtain significant health benefits with moderate physical activity.” Besides helping with chronic illnesses, regular exercise also helps you feel more connected with your mind, body, and spirit. No matter how you start moving, it is important that you do so. Many exercises can be done from the comfort of your home and do not require much effort. You can talk with a specialized person, perhaps a doctor, to create a plan that fits your needs.

At the Y, we understand the importance of providing our community with programs and activities that promote healthy living. Therefore, everything we offer aims to cover all kinds of needs in the community. For older adults, we offer Active Older Adults Class, Silver Sneakers, Gold Zumba, Aqua Zumba, educational info sessions, and Chair Yoga. The last one has been released in recent years so today we will talk about it because it is a class that everybody can join and offer many benefits for the body, mind, and spirit.

Although Yoga originated centuries ago, Chair Yoga is considered a type of Yoga developed approximately 30 years ago by Laskshimi Voelker. Voelker, a Yoga instructor, decided to create an easy and safe way for those of his pupils who, due to arthritis, could not do specific movements due to their condition. He realized that this type of Yoga could also be beneficial for those who, due to age or condition, need a safer type of movement.

Chair Yoga, since then, has been a trendy type of Yoga that has spread in the older adult community. However, it is not only limited to the senior community because now many fitness centers offer it for those who, in one way or another, want an easy and safe way to stretch and move their body.

“Chair Yoga prepares you for mobility and flexibility by using movements that you would do without a chair but to really prep you for full range and motion.” Isaiah Teran, Membership & Wellness Director at Tempe Family YMCA.


  1. It helps you increase flexibility.
  2. It improves your mobility.
  3. Help reduce pain in the body and stress.
  4. It improves your sleep and helps you to be aware of your breathing.
  5. Like any other Yoga, helps you to boost your mood.


Chair Yoga is currently offered in most of our locations throughout Arizona. If you want to know where we offer it and our schedule, you can call your nearest YMCA or visit our website to learn more.

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