Chair Yoga or “Yoga for Everyone.”
Chair yoga poses, which include stretching, bending and twisting, offer all the benefits of a regular yoga practice: teaching good alignment, increasing circulation, eliminating toxins, improving digestion, enhancing breathing, aiding sleep, easing depression, calming the mind and relieving stress. Chair yoga can be done anywhere, in your office, at home on vacation, etc.
Chair yoga poses adapt to all levels of strength and flexibility. Some poses include forward bends, where you hang over your legs; spinal twist, turning to each side; and side stretch, raising one arm overhead and leaning to the opposite side. These poses all ease tension and improve flexibility. There are also compression exercises which compress areas such as the ascending and descending colon and thyroid and compressing the blood furin.
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KATE CURRAN - Yoga Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist-Even while spending many years in Corporate America as Director of Administration, Kate’s was always into fitness. Before reporting to her job, she would teach a 6 a.m. exercise class that included aerobics, step class and, of course, Yoga.
After she was laid off in 1999, she decided to go to school for Massage Therapy and attended the Philadelphia School of Massage Therapy. She also continued her education in Reiki, Pregnancy massage, cranial sacral therapy and neuromuscular therapy.
She first has obtained her Hatha Yoga certification through AAAI, then through the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. She received her Sport Yoga certifications through Spencer Institute and then her Chair Yoga certification through the Sivananda Yoga Farm Ashram & SunLight Chair Yoga in Grass Valley California.
Kate also taught a credited course in Hatha Yoga at Camden County College. She received excellent reviews on her teaching skills and her ability to instill the love of yoga into her students as she feels herself.
Kate particularly enjoys Chair Yoga because it can be embraced by, literally, everyone. Any asana (pose) that can be practiced on a mat could also be practiced on a chair. Her classes also include about 15 minutes of meditation. Her certification in CA taught her to work with seniors, those with chronic illnesses, pre or post surgery patients, those in wheelchairs, people suffering from mental and physical disabilities and recently, working with Vets with PTSD.
“Anytime you are injured by everyday life……yoga is the thing that heals it. Try it, you’ll see.”
TONE YOUR BODY, HEAL YOUR MIND, OPEN YOUR HEART