30 Jan What Is the Difference Between Yoga and Stretching?
Recently, one of our clients asked me an important question. It’s something that many wonder but rarely, if ever, ask: what’s the difference between yoga and stretching?
Stretching can be defined as placing the body in various positions to help lengthen and strengthen. While Yoga includes stretching, it is much more than just a physical movement. Yoga is a holistic practice that concentrates on and cultivates the body-mind-spirit connection, in order to improve the overall health and well-being of the individual both physically and mentally. A Yoga practice will include yoga poses (that both stretch and strengthen), breathing techniques, concentration, mindfulness, meditation and relaxation.
Then, she asked me another important question: what is chair yoga? She never heard of yoga being practiced on a chair, and that’s not very surprising. I’ll tell you why.
Chair Yoga is a gentle and relaxing form of yoga, practiced in and around the chair, which makes it so accessible to the wide population. But so far, it has mainly been practiced by the elderly population, pregnant women, and people with injuries and disabilities. Most people just don’t hear about chair yoga. And that’s unfortunate, because everyone can benefit from it. Especially those of us who spend countless hours sitting in front of a desk at work.
That’s exactly why we decided to popularize chair yoga and bring it into the workplace! Our unique Office Chair Yoga, as the name suggests, has been adapted to the office environment, allowing office employees to enjoy the benefits of practicing yoga within the time and space constrains of a workplace. The practice is just 30 minutes and doesn’t require a change of clothes or any equipment. While one Office Chair Yoga practice will leave everyone physically and mentally refreshed and recharged, a continuous practice will help people improve their physical health, strength and flexibility and help them regain an ongoing sense of calm and positivity 🙂
Give it a go! Invite us into your office! And if you mention this blogpost your office will get 10% off.
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