Anyone who attends my classes on a regular basis knows that the yoga chair is just about my favorite yoga prop. They’re versatile, portable and easy to store. And they can be used by any level of student to adapt and deepen countless different yoga poses.
Make your own yoga chair
Whatever chair you use, check its specs. The distance from the front leg to back leg must be deep enough so that it doesn’t tip over when you’re using it for yoga.
The chairs I have are from Office Depot. I purchased my last batch about 5 years ago, so you may have to recheck the specs of their chair. My chair measurements are approximately:
Leg depth – 19¼”
Leg width – 18½”
Seat width and depth – 16″ x 16″
The back of the seat can be easily knocked out with a hammer. Then, smooth the tubing down with a metal grinder attached to a drill. Or, if you’re only making one chair, a metal file will do.
Watch this YouTube video, How to Make a Backless Yoga Chair, for more info.
Here’s a YouTube video for How to Make a Tall Yoga Chair.
You can purchase pre-made yoga chairs here. Pre-made extra tall chairs are highly recommended for anyone over 5’8″, you can purchase them here.
How to books
A Complete Guide to Iyengar Yoga Practice with a Chair, is a thorough how to manual by senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Eyal Shifroni. It shows some of the many ways to use the chair, for beginners to advanced students.
Also check out Experiment & Experience on the Chair the Yoga Way, by senior Iyengar Yoga teacher H.S. Arun.
I also have over a thousand photos of Iyengar Yoga prop use at my Pintrest account, which includes many chair yoga poses.
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