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A body at rest tends to stay at rest; a body in motion tends to say in motion!
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2017
Now anyone can do yoga!
I have been practicing mat yoga for 20 years, and then started teaching it almost three years ago. This summer I was asked if I would take on a chair yoga class. I was unfamiliar with this modified form of traditional yoga but as I looked into it I found it to be much more valuable and viable than it appeared at first glance. Then I began noticing people around me who would never in a million years give traditional mat yoga a try but were willing to consider chair yoga for its simplified form, which is less intimidating and more accessible to those who have injuries, who lack flexibility, who have no experience with exercise, or whose work keeps them at a desk for long periods of time.
"Sitting is the new smoking," the author says boldly in her Introduction. Just let that sink in and consider how sedentary our society is, at work and at rest, and it is slowly killing us. (I think of the people on the space cruiser in the movie WALL-E, whose lives were so leisurely and automated they could not function outside their hover-chairs.) You have to really make an effort to move yourself, and many of us are not inclined to break free of our entropy.
This book offers a full range of modified yoga movements you can do in a chair, from very basic to some challenging moves where you use the chair to help you balance as you progress to doing the pose without the chair. The photos and explanations are all very clear, and the overall tone of the book is fun and encouraging.