A chair appears to be getting some people off the couch.
Many senior citizens and people with disabilities are finding chair yoga as a welcome and non-daunting alternative exercise method. The system, of unknown origins but brought to the forefront by California-based instructor Lakshinu Voelker in the early 1980s, utilizes a chair as a station and exercise prop to perform traditional yoga stretching exercises.
On Tuesday mornings, several ladies can be found congregating at Inside Out Yoga in downtown Winter Haven to grab a seat and reach for new goals with the system.
“I like doing chair because I would often over-extend myself sometimes doing regular yoga,” said Lydia Prince, 64, from Auburndale, who has been doing chair yoga for four years and yoga in general for the past seven.
“When chair came along it was gentler. It’s not that it is easy but it is gentler on my body. If I don’t come to yoga, I have joint pain. I…