You can come into Chair from Mountain pose or from standing with your feet hip distance apart, both feet facing forwards. Inhale and raise both arms overhead. Exhaling, bend your knees and bend your upper body forward.
Hold for up to 3 minutes (it will get easier with practice) and notice your breath. When ready to come out of it, inhale and straighten your knees. Exhale and release your arms.
Wonderful for panic attacks (hold for 3 minutes then rest before holding it for 3 minutes, resting and holding it for a final 3 minutes (if you want to do more, that’s fine but your thighs may protest at first)).
Again, this is something you can do almost anywhere as well as during your yoga practice. Stressed at work? Pop to the loo and do a quick Chair pose!
It’s really hard to remember what was stressing us out when we feel our thighs. Keeping our focus on bringing our breath down, as if from the belly, as well as maintaining that longer, calming exhalation means it rarely takes the prescribed 3 minutes of holding Chair to conquer panic attacks.
Added bonus? Grounding through the soles of the feet (you might want to imagine breathing in the earth’s grounding energy, too, inhaling it up and exhaling it back out again) while reaching for the heavens reminds us that the more grounded we can remain in our lives, the higher we can reach, the more we can achieve.
What are your favourite things about Chair pose?
What helps you most when anxiety strikes?
Feel free to comment below.
IF YOU’RE NEW TO YOGA AND DON’T KNOW HOW TO DO THESE POSES, GO TO A YOGA THERAPIST OR INSTRUCTOR. IF YOU’RE NEW TO EXERCISE, CONSULT YOUR GP BEFOREHAND. ALWAYS HONOUR YOUR BODY’S OWN WISDOM