How-To: Yoga Poses from Your Wheelchair

Adaptive Yoga

Yoga – is this evoking images of a human pretzel?  The good news is that you don’t have tie yourself in a knot to reap the benefits of yoga. Whether you are in a wheelchair or power chair, yoga is an adaptable activity for people of all abilities.

Benefits of Practicing Yoga

  • Increased strength, balance and flexibility — both mental and physical
  • Greater lung capacity
  • Reduced levels of stress, tension and anxiety
  • Improved mental clarity and focus
  • Improved sense of well-being
  • More restful sleep

Best Wheelchair Yoga Videos on YouTube
Check out some the most viewed Wheelchair Yoga or Seated Yoga videos from YouTube.

1. Matthew Sanford – Volvo for Life Awards Documentary

Yogi Matthew Sanford, a paraplegic for the last thirty four years, since age 13, reminds his fellow yogis, “Wonderful things happen a little bit at a time.” Watch his journey to national yoga expert and advocate.

2. Mindful Chair Yoga: A 30 Minute Beginner Practice
A 30-minute narrated video involving gentle chair-based stretches and yoga poses.

3. Adaptive Yoga for Veterans Series
This adaptive yoga video features poses you can do from a seated position. With over 20k views, this yoga wheelchair video has introduced many to the awesome benefits of yoga.

4. Adaptive Yoga – Short Sequence (Wheelchair User) (Paraplegic)
This video had yoga teachers from around the world raving! If you have been practicing yoga and feel comfortable on a yoga mat, this video could provide a few pointers.

5. Yoga for your Health – Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson is an inspiration to many with her transparent and candid talks about love, life, and health. Watch Tiffiny and her yoga partner(s) demonstrate yoga poses best for increasing full-body awareness.

Learning Yoga from Your Wheelchair or Power Chair: Safety First
If you have a medical condition, you may want to consult with your doctor before beginning any fitness program. While practicing Yoga, when possible, have an instructor, caregiver, or partner present.  When stretching, stretch to the point of mild tension – never pain.

Did you find these tips helpful? If so, check out our post on wheelchair workouts!

Thanks for checking out some of our favorite yogis! Comment and let us know what yoga poses are your favorites and why. As always, if you are looking to increase your mobility at home or on-the-go, we’re here to help. Visit us online at http://101mobility.com.

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