This blog post and video on Chair Yoga for Beginners is for my Father Phil.Christina
Why I Created this Class
My father is the loveliest man. He is the most giving man I know, with the spirit of a wild horse.
The only thing that holds him back from experiencing life to the fullest is the wear and tear on his body he has accumulated from many years of working as a surveyor in the cold harsh winters of New York City.
As passionate at his job as he was, he would travel back to Queens on the A train with cracks and cuts on his hands and fingers from the long frigid hours in the cold.
For years, he ignored his joint pains, bouncing around large skeleton towers from beam to beam (with the jankiest of harnesses in the eighties until they supplied secure ones in the 90’s).
My father is my superman.
He even helped build the new Freedom Tower and remembers feeling the ice breeze against his face 1100 feet up in the air.
This, of course, was an emotionally challenging experience for all workers involved.
His beloved elder brother, Uncle Johnny, built the original (and never forgotten) Twin Towers.
My father received a harness signed by the mayor then, Mayor Bloomberg. He and his hard working friends were also honored by signing their names on the first of freestanding columns.
Somewhere inside the walls of the Freedom Tower is written the words – PG DG 4E (for Phil loves Dee Forever). Dee is my mother.
After long hours and hard days, my father would come home, cook dinner (alternating days with my mumzy), fix something around the house, or take me to one of my basketball games (or plays) that I was in. He never missed a thing, his eyes always gleaming in the audience.
Over a million hugs and four muscle and joint surgeries later, I am begging for him to do yoga. Of course, given his aches and pain the idea seems unattainable. But, I know he can do it, because I have seen him accomplish amazing things!
I created this chair yoga for beginners video with my father completely in mind.
(This one’s for you dad!)
Why Chair Yoga is Perfect for You
This chair yoga class is perfect for the yogi that wants to move…but needs to move with care.
In this video, we explore the range of motion in the upper body, legs and (lightly) the spine.
There will also be wrist and shoulder stretches (please enter and exit carefully).
We will explore linking the breath and the mind together as self study.
We will collect information about how our thoughts work and how our body moves.
Do this practice everyday and you will receive a noticeable change in your vitality.
I promise you.
All you need is a chair, an open mind, and a friend (that’s me!).
Let’s Dive into Chair Yoga for Beginners
Let’s get started and journey deep into the depths of the amazing you!
Please enter and exit each pose slowly, and, as much as possible, with the breath.
Please listen to your body and don’t do anything your doctor hasn’t signed off on.
A note of precaution if you are someone that can’t stand: There are parts of this video that demonstrate careful standing poses.
However, please do practice the breathing and seated pose.
Namaste my beautiful friends!