This week I uploaded a new yoga video for my Patreon community this week which was all about yoga for strong legs. While creating this I knew I wanted to offer some modifications. Why? Because the focus of this class was a transition from low lunge to high lunge and back again. Not wanted ti disrupt the flow of the class I decided to add a little bonus content on how to use a chair for yoga flows.
Using a chair for yoga flows is something I’ve done a lot with my beginner classes. If you have knees issues (like me) then the transition from kneeling to standing can sometimes be painful. You can view it in a quick video above, or on YouTube. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!
Low lunge to high lunge modifications
In yoga we have a low and a high lunge. Simply put the only difference is the back leg. Low = knee on the floor, high = leg extended. To work the body for leg strength we can move back and forth between the two. Holy quads! Those already familiar with my classes will know that I am fond of using a folded blanket or balance pad for my knees. If it hurts to kneel, I highly recommend this modification!
However, going down from high to low lunge we have an assistant. Gravity! Going from low to high lunge we are working against gravity and generally that’s more difficult. And if you have knee issues, more painful! How to make this easier? Use a chair!
Doesn’t matter if you have the chair in front (below) or the to the side (as above). Just make sure the chair isn’t going to slip away when you add your weight to it. I like to place mine on my mat.
By using a chair in this transition gravity is less of a factor. The chair is also a valuable prop for anyone with balance issues too. Please, if you are struggling with balance, or body issues… use props! Embrace how your body feels today and do the practice your body needs right in this moment.
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- Do you have any joint problems that you’re exercising through?
- What’s your favorite yoga prop?
- Is there a yoga pose you struggle with?