Gentle seated yoga modifies yoga poses so that they can be practised while seated in a chair or, in some cases, a wheelchair. These modifications make yoga accessible to many people including those who cannot stand for long periods, lack the mobility to undertake floor based exercise or are deskbound. This training day will invite participants to explore a whole variety of ways that yoga can be experienced with the support of a chair, both sitting and standing. We will cover asana and movement sequences (together with adaptations), breath awareness and meditation. Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised by replacing your mat with a chair.
Sarah Gray was captivated by yoga over 26 years ago. She started her teaching journey training with Ian Scorgie, Cakra Ashrama, went on to train in the Sivananda tradition with Swami Kailasananda and became a Yoga Scotland teacher in 2008. Sarah also trained as a YogaBirth teacher and it was with this organisation that her understanding of Vanda Scaravelli's approach deepened. She has found working quietly and attentively with the body and breath is a powerful form of self inquiry and an effective way to observe the interactive relationship between body and mind. Over the years, she has taught general yoga, pregnancy yoga, yoga for children and meditation. Sarah now teaches chair yoga exclusively in collaboration with the Wellbeing Team at Aberdeen City Council. What she enjoys about this way of working, is that it opens up, or in some cases reopens yoga, to anybody who finds a mat based practice no longer suits their needs. In her meditations, Sarah tries to point to her own personal experiences which have been influenced by the Serene Reflection Meditation tradition (Soto Zen). Sarah has been fortunate to study and work with many superb teachers namely, Ilse Elders, Peter Blackaby, Rev Master Favian, Sandra Cook and Judy Cameron.