Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga

Poses to do in your chair at your desk, at home, or in the office. By Lakshmi Voelker and Liz Oppedijk

Reading time: 5 minutes

n Sitting Mountain
2: Move into Tree Pose
Eagle Pose
Squat Pose
Knee-to-Chest Pose
Spinal Twist
Sitting Mountain

1- Start in Sitting Mountain, bringing your spine and torso into postural alignment to allow your breath to flow and your mind to settle. Take three conscious breaths.

2 -  Move into Tree Pose, rooting one leg into the ground for balance and extending your upper body to encourage a strong and flexible spine. Take three breaths and repeat on the other side

3 -  Come into Eagle Pose, squeezing your knees and your arms together to support healthy joints. Take three breaths and repeat on the other side.

4 - Follow with Squat Pose, bringing your legs into a V shape and hingeing forward from your hips to extend your upper body and relax your lower back. Take three breaths.

5 -  Come into Knee-to-Chest Pose, hugging one knee into the chest to support good digestion. Take three breaths and repeat on the other side.

6- Move into a Spinal Twist, rotating the upper body to release tension in your spine and bring the body back into balance. Take three breaths and repeat on the other side.

7 - Finish by returning to Sitting Mountain, taking three conscious breaths and noticing how you feel. When doing a Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga series, find an option for each pose that suits your individual body and mind on the day.

For further information, see the new book, Get Fit Where You Sit: A Guide to the Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Method by Lakshmi Voelker and Liz Oppedijk,
for other variations of these and many other yoga postures and techniques on the chair. For further information visit:

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