Every month VCU offers free chair yoga to employees, on both campuses. Please see the training website to view available classes and sign up. If you can’t make a class, or just need a quick stretch, please click on the chair yoga videos located on the Ramstrong website. Below is a description of each video.
Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. We all spend way too much time sitting and this is a great way to ground your mind and body in less than 10 minutes. Some benefits of practicing these chair yoga poses (called asanas) include improved flexibility, better concentration, increased strength, reduced joint strain, reduced stress, and portability and convenience – you can do chair yoga at your desk or anywhere you can find a place to sit!
Monday – warming up for the week, slowing down in the middle of a stressful Monday
Start the week off by taking the time to slow down and warm up the body. This modified seated sun salutation sequence invites mobility into the spine with some simple seated stretches while simultaneously using forward folds to feel grounded and engaged.
Tuesday – Upper Body
This video will focus on the upper body and shoulders by incorporating movements that stretch the shoulders, chest and spine.
Wednesday – Standing – staying energized in the middle of the work week (balance)
Using a chair for support, find stability in the body and mind to stay energized with this balancing standing sequence.
Thursday – Lower Body and Core
Stretch your hips and engage your core using this sequence, focusing on lower body mobility and strengthening of your abdominal muscles.
Friday – Slowing Down – breathe and reflect back on the week
Take the time to slow down and breathe with this gentle sequence. Inviting mobility into the neck, wrists and upper body; finding release.
VCU offers faculty and staff a multitude of resources — at no charge — to help balance work and home responsibilities. For more information see the Work, life and well-being website.