30-minute Chair Yoga

Wednesday, February 09 2022

It’s Yoga Week on Poolfit!  Earlier this week, Deep Water Yoga Core Workout with Jackie Lebeau was posted. Now, Jackie is back with a 30-minute chair yoga routine that is ideal for those days when you can’t get in the pool or for when you are looking for some gentle exercise for flexibility and stress reduction. 


  • Enjoy yoga benefits such as increased strength, flexibility, balance, reduced stress, better sleep and less back pain.
  • Seated yoga is advantageous over standing yoga for those with balance issues or lower extremity joint pain & injury. 
  • Choose an appropriate chair and clothing to get the most out of this seated yoga practice.
  • Poolfit is expanding the In-Home Fitness category.  Let us know your feedback.


Jackie & Yoga
Jackie has been teaching yoga for the past 10 years and was certified with YogaFit after accruing 200-hours as a YogaFit Registered Yoga Teacher.  In her most recent video, Jackie adapted a traditional yoga practice into the deep end of the pool in the Deep Water Yoga Core Workout.  “I love sharing my passion for yoga and all of the mind and body benefits with my students in both the studio and the pool,” says Jackie. 


Benefits of Yoga
Almost all types of yoga have two primary goals, to increase strength and to improve flexibility.  However, there are many other mind and body benefits from participating in a yoga practice.    Many yoga postures are also designed to improve posture with their focus on muscle elongation and breath.  Better posture helps decrease back pain. Standing yoga exercises are particularly helpful in improving balance.  Having trouble sleeping?  All exercise is good for improving sleep quality, but yoga is especially beneficial as the breath work promotes relaxation and stress reduction. 


Chair Yoga vs. Standing Yoga

As mentioned above, standing yoga is ideal for improving balance, but if you have compromised balance, you may feel more confident performing yoga exercises in a chair.  This is the same reason why the supportive environment of water allows people to get more range of motion in yoga poses.   If you have joint pain in your ankles, knees or hips, or if you are recovering from some kind of injury in your lower extremities, chair or water yoga would be a better option for you. 


Successful Seated Strategies

With seated yoga, you need less space to perform the yoga exercises and you don’t have to get up and down from the floor.  All you need is a chair.  The chair you choose should be armless and preferably cushioned for more comfort.  A chair that has arms would prohibit you from adjusting your body and performing many of the poses that are done in the video.  Loose and comfortable clothing is also important as you are moving around in the chair. 
Watch Jackie talk more about Seated Chair Yoga.

Poolfit Chair Exercise Workouts
Poolfit is expanding their In-Home workout category to provide exercise options for when you can’t get in the pool, or as cross-training opportunities to balance out your water fitness activities.  Poolfit in-home workouts are designed to be low-impact so that they are a suitable substitute for water workouts.  As we build the library of land workouts, we hope to have in-home workouts that accommodate all fitness levels, similar to the pool workouts.  If you like seated exercise, be sure to check out our other chair workouts.

Chair Dance’letics – Enjoy a 45-minute chair workout that blends together arthritis exercises with seated dance aerobics.

Chair Sports & Rec – Discover a 45-minute chair workout that combines arthritis exercises with seated aerobic training that has a fun sports & rec theme.


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Author: Mark Grevelding is the founder of Fitmotivation. He is also a training specialist and consultant with the Aquatic Exercise Association’s (AEA). Mark has been active in the fitness industry for 22 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, international presenter and a continuing education provider for AEA, AFAA & ACE.