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Chair Yoga

Intended Audience

All members including people living with cancer, family members and significant caregivers.

Program Description

Chair yoga offers members a gentle, therapeutic style of yoga designed to be a fit for people of all levels. The main themes of this program are relaxation, breathing, and finding ease in the body, while exploring gentle movements to improve overall health. From balance, to strength to mobility and flexibility, this program supports the whole being and is focused on nourishing the nervous system. 

Benefits and Impact

According to this Johns Hopkins Medicine page featuring wellness strategies, yoga provides numerous physical and mental benefits and can play an integral role in recovery from illness and surgery. The Mayo Clinic also details infinite benefits of any kind of yoga, for people of all ages. While chair yoga offer a somewhat modified way to practice, it can still provide the full range of benefits, which include but are not limited to:  

  • enhanced calmness and relaxation
  • improved flexibility, mobility and range of motion
  • increased circulation
  • strengthening of muscles and lubrication of joints
  • improved balance and concentration
  • reduced stress and better sleep patterns

What to Expect at a Session

During this hour-long this program, members enjoy a rejuvenating and relaxing slow-paced movement practice, with the support of a chair. There is no pressure to perform in any way, just gentle guidance and the tools to cultivate awareness and presence, and enhance the body’s strength, balance, mobility, and flexibility through a variety of gentle postures. Members have described their experience as feeling like they have taken a trip to the spa.

Program Details

Online via Zoom / In-Person also offered when centres reopen

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What the research says

Yoga has been widely suggested to have a potential role in the health of people living with cancer; many studies report that yoga can improve health-related outcomes such as quality of life, fatigue, cognition, stress, and sleep quality in cancer survivors (Danhauer et al., 2019; O’Neill et al., 2020; Zetzl et al., 2021). One study on the effects of a breathwork-focused yoga program also observed improvements in fatigue, stress, and quality of life (Dhruva et al., 2012).

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