Gentle/Modified Yoga for Chronic Illness, Pain or Movement Challenges

These Modified classes are designed to help those being challenged by an injury or illness experience yoga despite the limitations* .  If you deal with pain, fatigue, balance issues, a limited range of motion or other movement limiting conditions, these classes are for you. They sprung from my own desire for classes that would work for me on days when I felt fatigued, was in pain or in the midst of a movement limiting flare-up.

Classes are conducted at a slower pace and poses are modified using blocks, chairs, straps, bolsters and the wall (Examples).  Small class size allows for more personal attention when needed.  Class is offered in a Chair or Mat version. These classes are designed for adults of any age, not just seniors.

* Please note: these Classes are Not Appropriate For:

  • Individuals with heart or cardiac conditions
  • Individuals with brain or spinal trauma
  • Wheelchair bound individuals who cannot transfer independently, care for their personal needs or independently move their extremities as indicated in next bullet.
  • Any individual who cannot independently move extremities to the following degree: at least one arm to shoulder or chest height; at least one leg 4 inches off the ground

Chair Yoga:

Our goal is to achieve a “regular” practice, using a chair instead of a mat. Students tell me this is different from any Chair practice they’ve tried. Beneficial for anyone with fatigue or difficulty getting up and down. 95% of poses are done in a chair. Participants must be ambulatory or able to self-propel in a wheelchair and transfer independently and attend to their personal needs.

  • Tuesdays, 1 – 2 pm
  • Thursdays, 11 – 12
Examples of Chair Yoga

Examples of Chair Yoga

Mat Yoga: for days when you have a bit more energy and are able to stand for several minutes (with or without a balance aid), and can comfortably move between standing and kneeling/sitting on the floor. Class moves at a slow, mindful pace with LIMITED transitions between the floor and standing)

  • Tuesdays, 11:30 – 12:30 
  • Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Examples of Modified Poses in Mat Class

Examples of Modified Poses in Mat Class

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