“Yoga is a safe and effective way to increase strength, flexibility and your balance that can lead to improvements in both your physical and mental wellbeing.”
Nina Boswell Brown, from Sitting Fit Yoga will be your instructor as she demonstrates, explains and guides you through a gentle warm up, before showing you how to complete the yoga poses in a safe and effective way. These videos last approximately 30 minutes, so make sure it’s nice and quiet for relaxation. Put on some comfortable clothing that allow for movement, find yourselves a small space within your home and away you go.
The first video focuses on some gentle stretching for the neck, shoulders and arms for wheelchair users. These movements should help you to feel freed up in the upper body, which can get tight and inflexible from repetitive motions or misalignment in movement and posture. Nina will demonstrate how props can be used to modify a stretch or enhance posture when balance or movement is limited. And you’ll be guided on the use of breath during Yoga asanas and movement. Nina also discuss the importance of alignment of joints for good posture, reflected in the sequences of this video.
The second video focuses on some movements for the spine. Our spine can move in five directions so you’ll be introduced to stretches to keep your spine flexible. Some people may have restrictions in their spine from injury and subsequent vulnerability or fixtures that limit the movements of the spine to some extent. In these cases, it is important to move very gently and not over-extend. Flexion of the spine (bending forward) should be avoided for those with slipped or herniated discs for example. This video also shows an example of warm-up movements you can do before stretching and finishes off with Sun Salutations which is a sequence of movements, incorporating some of those you have been introduced to.
We hope these videos demonstrate that being healthy and feeling fitter doesn’t always have to mean taking part in sport or going to the gym, and that regular low impact exercise such as Adaptive Yoga can be hugely beneficial for your mental and physical wellbeing.