Accessible Yoga: From the office to the bedside


Accessible Yoga

Dr Aoife Gleeson

Take a 30 minute time out to relax and unwind during a long conference day. This will be a gentle, chair-based yoga practice session for those who are curious about the benefits of yoga or have ever thought about joining a yoga class.

This session offers an opportunity to relax, unwind, and recharge your batteries during the conference. If you have ever thought about joining a yoga class or been a little curious about yoga, then this session is for you! Participants are not required to bring any additional equipment, but are asked to wear comfortable clothing. In this session, there will be a short introduction to the benefits of yoga followed by a gentle chair-based yoga practice session.

Yoga is an ancient practice which focuses on strength and flexibility of body and mind. Originating in India approximately 5,000 years ago, it was first brought to the West in the 1890s where the focus predominantly concentrated on postures and breathing practice. There have been many trials of varying quality that have explored the benefits of yoga. Overall, these studies suggest that in addition to improving strength, flexibility and balance, yoga may help to lower blood pressure, reduce back pain and risk of falls, and lead to greater mental wellbeing.

Many people wrongly assume that yoga is a practice only for the young, athletic, and for contortionists. In reality, yoga is suitable for all age groups with varying levels of physical activity and flexibility. It is also commonly assumed that a yoga mat and tight clothing are pre-requisites for practising yoga – it is possible to modify yoga poses to practise in most settings. This session will focus on yoga poses that can be practised while sitting in a chair, making it suitable for both time-poor office workers, and for individuals with compromised mobility, including the aged and frail.


Accessible Yoga
Accessible Yoga
Accessible Yoga
Accessible Yoga