Monday, February 24, 2020

Featured Video: Dancer's Pose with Chair by Janis Ware

We love this customized version of Dancer's pose (Natarjasana), in which the chair is used to support the back leg. For those who have trouble reaching the back foot, this allows the practitioner to work on improving balance on one foot while at the same time staying more stable.

Janis Ware, RYT200, is an Accessible Yoga Ambassador and Certified Teacher and is Trauma Informed Yoga Certified. She teaches in Iowa, in the DesMoines area, including at a holistic wellness center, an adult ed class, a church, a class sponsored by a cancer organization at the Y, and a 55+ retirement community. Her students have ranged in age from young adult to 97! Nearly all tell her they come to the class because it is adaptive and accessible. They want to feel better in their bodies, minds, and spirits, want to practice yoga and hope they've found a safe space to do so.

This post was edited by Nina Zolotow, Editor in Chief of the Accessible Yoga blog and co-author of Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being.

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  1. I love this modification of dancer pose! Thank you so much for sharing. It's not a pose I teach often because it's so inaccessible to a significant minority of my students. Now I can re-introduce it and I'm delighted🙏 I'm sure my students will be too😊