This 2-hour workshop will present a number of different ways to use a chair for asana and breathing practice.
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Many students imagine that using props with their asana practice is a rather new innovation, but in fact there’s plenty of evidence that yogis have used props for a very long time. We have drawings from the nineteenth century of yogis hanging from ropes or sitting with a belt around their legs and torso, called a yoga patta (bandage), to support the position. What is new, though, is the great variety of props introduced in the twentieth century. Along with ropes and belts, we now use a blocks, sand bags, bolsters, and oddly enough, chairs. I say “oddly” because it’s well known that long hours spent sitting in a chair can have deleterious effects on our groins and backs.
But a chair is also one of the more versatile of the modern yoga props, and can be used to counteract many of daily chair-sitting’s effects. This 2-hour workshop will present a number of different ways to use a chair for asana and breathing practice. You will, of course, need a sturdy chair for this session, preferably one of the common metal folding types we find at yoga schools. This is a practice for all levels of students.