A foot or ankle injury can cause havoc in your life. Just about everything becomes harder to accomplish, and your yoga practice may seem altogether impossible.
But with the help of a chair, you can still enjoy a yoga session while keeping your injured foot or ankle safe.
When most people hear “Chair Yoga,” they equate that to yoga for seniors. But anyone can benefit from Chair Yoga poses, particularly if you have an injury and need a little support.
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Before you dive into these poses, there are a few differences to highlight to keep your injured area safe.
Traditionally in standing and balancing postures we ground down firmly into our feet to help find stability. That action could flare up a foot or ankle injury or might even be cumbersome if you are in a boot or cast.
To compensate for this, you’ll want to activate your muscles a little differently.
Instead of pressing down into the ground, activate your muscles in and up. Think of pulling your leg muscles in toward your bones, and then up toward your core.
Doing this will keep your muscles working, but your injured area a bit safer. You can also slide a pillow under your foot for a little extra comfort and support.
Of course, though, if you are in active recovery from a serious injury, it’s always best to consult with your doctor before trying this, or any other yoga sequence.
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For this sequence you’ll need two chairs of equal height, a yoga block, and one pillow.