Chair Yoga: Mindful Movement

Seated or with the support of a Chair

Fridays 1.30 – 3 pm 27 July, 3 Aug

No sessions on 13 & 20 July, 10, 17, 24, 31 August 2018

Back to weekly from 7 September

At Shanti Bee, Newcastle

Exploring ways of moving and being to bring more

ease to our daily lives, with mindful movement &

sitting practice,  breath & body awareness,

deep relaxation, time for sharing & self care

£7  Drop-in  £5 Concessions for low-income

This class is suitable for all levels of fitness.   

Wheel chair users are very welcome

This class is for those who want to explore their mind and body whilst sitting down. We find expressions of movement that suit our body, whether small or more expansive. Inviting acceptance of our body just as it is, we play with the range of movement in our comfort zone and around our edges.

I have been teaching Chair Yoga regularly for the past 13 years. Over the last 5 years, the foundation of this work has been mindfulness and compassion, in particular the teaching around acceptance, at its core. It has also been inspired by the teachings of Rick Hanson, a meditator and neuropsychologist and his work on ‘hardwiring the brain for happiness’.

In my sessions we weave together everyday practical techniques based on neuroscience which soothe the nervous system. With a safe space for sharing, we talk a little about how the theme affects us in our mind and body and in our life. Then we thread the theme through our movements to embody them. Often this involves working with the power of visualisation to stimulate the neural pathways in parts of the body which have more limited movement. Simple but powerful stuff.

As we soothe our nervous system and turn down the volume of our inner critic we begin to let go of some of life’s struggle, and notice and embrace the good in life. These things can make a difference in reducing the level of tension we hold in our mind and body and increasing our feelings of well-being.

Week by week we witness and support the changes in ourselves and each other.

Eva McCracken says ..
“As I get less and less mobile I find I have to ‘pretend’ many of the movements I used to be able to do. The feeling of well-being, however, has not reduced…. Just because we cannot run a marathon doesn’t mean we cannot enjoy a wee jog”