Live Whole Health: Self-care episode #30 – Upper Body Chair Exercise
Practicing yoga in a class is an excellent self-care practice, but sometimes it just isn’t possible to grab a mat and head to a studio. Yoga teacher and Whole Health Coach, Katherine Hillgren, from the St. Louis VA Medical Center, suggests that a home practice, like chair yoga, is a suitable replacement in a pinch.
Practicing yoga at home allows one to let go of worries and to-do lists, and is great for peacefully settling into the body. This 18-minute, gentle, upper-body, chair yoga class guides you through a relaxing series of movements. Grab an armless chair and give yourself this gift of yoga and gentle movement.
Being physically active is an important step that Veterans can take to improve their health. Some physical activity is better than none, and any amount of physical activity can improve health-related fitness.
Researchers studying Yoga find it effective for addressing many physical and mental health ailments. One study shows that yoga can offer relief to people who are suffering with Parkinson’s Disease, addressing issues such as mobility, balance, strength, flexibility, mood and sleep.