Planning on hitting the road for a mid-summer vacation? There’s no need to take a break from the workout routine you and your ReShape® coach have created. Even if you’re traveling without a mat, or don’t have space to roll one out, you can still get some yoga in. All you need is a chair!
Chair yoga was first introduced in the 1980s, and is perfect for people with weight issues, disabilities, or those who find it hard to exercise on the floor. Here are five poses you can check out, courtesy of NDTV.
1. Chair Cat-Cow Stretch
Start by sitting on a chair with your spine long and both feet planted on the floor. Keep your hands on your knees or the top of your thighs. Take a deep inhale, and while you breathe in, arch your spine and roll your shoulders down and back (cow position). Exhale, and round your spine and drop your chin to your chest (cat position). Continue going from cow position while you inhale, and cat while you exhale. Repeat this for five breaths.
2. Chair Raised Hands Pose – Urdhva Hastasana
While sitting, inhale and raise your arms towards the ceiling. Let your shoulder blades slide down your back as you reach your fingertips upward. Make sure to keep your sit bones in your chair as you reach up.
3. Chair Warrior I – Virabhadrasana I
Place your right leg on one side of the chair while you swing your left leg behind. Make sure the sole of your left foot is on the floor, parallel to the seat of the chair. Once in position, straighten your left leg. Keep your torso facing your right leg and then raise your arms up to the ceiling. Inhale, and hold your pose for three breaths.
4. Chair Warrior II – Virabhadrasana II
As you exhale, open your arms with your right arm coming forward and left arm going back. Adjust your left hip back and turn your torso to the left so it’s aligned with the front of the chair. Look towards your right fingertips. Inhale, and hold your pose for three breaths.
5. Reverse Warrior Yoga Pose
Drop your left arm down and let your right arm lift up to the ceiling. Hold your pose for three breaths. Then bring both legs to the front of the chair before coming down and sit sideways on the chair facing left and do a series of three warrior poses on the left. Repeat on the right.
Being active during the ReShape weight loss program will help you stay focused and on track to meeting your weight loss goals. And adding yoga to your normal workout routine will only help you make changes that can advance your workout routine and keep you motivated. Be sure to incorporate some of these simple workout moves while the ReShape intragastric weight loss balloon is in your stomach and then challenge yourself once the balloon is removed. For more information on the ReShape dual gastric balloon and weight loss program, visit reshapeready.com.