Chair Based Exercise with Yoga St Silas

Ref: C2523006

Physical activity and exercise are a recognised intervention in helping to increase balance, mobility, reaction times, muscle strength and general wellbeing. As a consequence of the above the risk of falling is greatly reduced. Chair based Yoga and exercise with the use of physic bands is a very safe, gentle and effective way to maintain and promote mobility and independence in older frailer people. Everyone can take part even those with very restricted mobility.

Course aim

To provide a Chair Based exercise with Yoga programme for less active older people in order to maintain and / or promote balance, mobility, independence and hopefully decrease the risk of falling

Who is the course for?

Mental Health Concern have taken over the running of AgeUK Supported Luncheon clubs and the course is for the members of the newly combined St Silas' club.

What topics will this course cover

The course is developed from the Accredited Central YMCA Qualification, Chair Based exercise for the frailer older person and combines with "Easy Does it Yoga" developed by Alice Christenson. The class starts with a "warm up" and some circulation boosters. We then move on to mobilisers and twists followed by some stretches. We have incorporated some standing work from Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs.We then come back to the chairs to do some strengthening exercises using the physio bands. Then comes the cool down which includes pelvic floor exercises. We finish off with a focused relaxation using some Mindfulness techniques .

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Explain or demonstrate one exercise to help flexibility in the fingers.. 2. Explain or demonstrate one warm up posture / asana. 3. Explain one functional link a standing posture / asana , e.g. help with balance, walking etc. 4. Explain or demonstrate one breathing technique.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Feedback is given throughout the sessions and via discussions at the beginning and end of the sessions. We always discuss alternative moves, during the session to either make things easier or to extend to a different level.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

The students need to wear clothes which they feel comfortable moving in. The Physio bands and Hand Exercise balls are provided as are the Yoga blocks and belts.

Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

Information about AgeUK Fit as a Fiddle groups and website. Information about Newcastle NHS Staying Steady courses. Information about AgeUK Inspire and Include groups.

Download full course outline

Chair Based Exercise with Yoga St Silas Course Outline


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