1. Improve Your Balance – Brush Your Teeth on One Leg
Stand by a flat tabletop or counter. Lift your right foot a bit. With your right arm, brush the upper left corner of your mouth for 30 seconds.
Now put the toothbrush in your left hand and raise your left foot. Brush the upper right corner of your mouth for 30 seconds.
Switch again, putting the toothbrush in your right hand and lifting your left foot. Brush the lower left corner of your mouth for 30 seconds.
Put the toothbrush in your left hand and lift your right foot. Brush the lower right corner of your mouth.
2. Strengthen Your Legs – Mini-Squats
Sit on a chair keeping your spine straight but not strained, relax the shoulders.
Feet are hip distance apart, parallel to each other. Hands on the knees.
Press your feet firmly into the floor and lift your hips 5-10 cm up. Then sit down again.
Repeat 3-6 times, 3-5 times a day.
If it’s hard for you to stand up, start from leaning forward with the straight spine, pressing your feet firmly into the floor.
3. Help Your Knees with Acupressure Knee Massage
With flat palms rub the inside and outside of the knee as if you were trying to light a fire.
Thumbs massaging the knee cap and fingers massaging back of knees.
With your finger tips pinch a pie crust around the knee cap. This helps to draw oxygenated blood to the knee.
4. Improve Your Posture, Stretch Your Lower Back and Hamstrings
Stretch your right leg by lifting your toes. Put both hands on your left knee. Inhale and lean forward with a straight spine. Breathe naturally and stay in this pose for 0.5 – 1 minute. Don’t push your body forward, let gravity do its work. Switch legs and repeat.
Do this exercise 2-3 times a day.
5. Fight Arthritis with Finger Massage
This is my favourite exercise for fingers. You will feel the difference right away. Do it every day 1-3 times.
Massage each finger in a circular motion – from the tip of the finger to the base. Especially around knuckles. Then “wash” your hand by squeezing it. Change hands and repeat.
6. Neck Tension Release
Turn your head to the right.
Bring the chin closer to the chest.
and move it from right to left like drawing a semicircle. Repeat in the opposite direction.
Do this exercise 3-5 times.
7. Ease Your Shoulder Tension with Shoulder Circles
Bend your elbows and see if you can touch your shoulders with your hands.
Begin to draw circles clockwise with your elbows starting small and getting progressively larger and then back down to small once again. Do it 3-5 times.
Repeat in the opposite direction.
The tips on this page are available as a downloadable handout: Seven Chair Yoga Essentials for Everyday Life