Do the ups and downs of yoga have you down? Learn how to get the full benefits of the practice will sitting in a chair.
Intro to Chair Yoga – 3-week Series
Tuesdays 6:15-7:30 pm, – POSTPONED – STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATES
Teacher: Megan Davis
Cost: $70 general / $35 members. Senior discounts available – please email us.
Join Megan Davis for this very special 3-week series to explore traditional yoga postures practiced seated in chairs, rather than on the floor.
In this workshop, we’ll learn variations for many common standing and seated poses using the chair. Most postures can be modified to be done either sitting in a chair or using a chair for support. This is a great tool for stability for students who need a little firner footing, and also a stealthy way to get some yoga in while sitting at your desk.
This series is perfect for teachers/students who want to learn how to use a chair as a prop and for students who struggle to get up and down off the floor. No previous yoga experience necessary!
Why Chair Yoga?
Chair yoga offers the same benefits of “regular” yoga but it removes the need to get up and down off the floor. All postures – including Sun Salutations! – can be adapted for either sitting in a chair or using a chair as a prop for stability.
Chair Yoga can be practiced at work, at home, or at the studio. All you need is a solid chair and maybe a block (or something similar) to help your feet plant solidly on the floor.
It’s a wonderful option for people with mobility challenges or who are recovering from illness or injury. And it’s something you can sneak into your daily life at any time, in any place!
About Megan Davis
Megan is an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance and a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Her study and practice of yoga are informed by her experiences with rehabilitation, theories of traditional anatomy and Anatomy Trains®, along with the application of techniques from kinesiology and movement therapy.
Megan was one of those kids who liked to figure out how things worked, who liked to investigate the insides of things. Marked for medical school at a very early age, she played with microscopes and ant farms at home and took advanced science classes at school, completing her first mammal dissection in grade 8. Megan majored in biology and philosophy at university with minors in physics and chemistry. A quarter life crisis (the details of which are not so important) changed her trajectory and she earned a degree in public health and became a women’s health educator and researcher. Another crisis (of the existential variety) lead to an advanced bioethics degree and then a PhD in disability studies. Somewhere between the existential crisis and the bioethics degree Megan was in a severe car accident that resulted in 14 spinal injuries. This is when she started practicing yoga seriously. Since then, yoga has provided her with a systemic approach for decreasing pain and increasing function.
Since becoming a yoga teacher in 2005 Megan has worked with students who have moderate to severe injuries and chronic conditions. Her teachers come from awide range of traditions and include: Doug Keller, Jenny Otto, Donna Farhi, Matt Sanford, Judith Lasater, John Friend, Rod Stryker and Shiva Rea. Megan believes that the benefits of yoga can be accessible to anyone who is willing to try. Her teaching style is precise, sometimes unconventional, and relies heavily on comic relief. In addition to teaching yoga, Megan is a professorial lecturer at the George Washington University in the religion and philosophy departments. Megan lives in Washington DC with her dogs, who love raw kale and snore during yoga nidra.