Chair Yoga for Self-Care and Self Love with Yoga4Caregivers

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This class is open to family caregivers

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Yoga has striking benefits for family caregivers. Studies have shown that yoga can have many beneficial effects for those who engage in a regular practice including reduced stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression. For many, yoga may seem an intimidating pursuit because of injuries, balance issues, or unfamiliarity. Yoga is accessible to everyone regardless of age, and physical ability. A chair is simply a prop to help you to access your expression of the pose and support your body. Chair yoga can help you safely and comfortably reap the benefits of yoga and improve your well-being.

Yoga4Caregivers Project was established to support the health, mental health, and well-being of caregivers. The Yoga4Caregivers Project is part of the Caregiver Wellness Collective Inc., a non-profit that provides holistic wellness education and services to caregivers inclusive of family, chosen family (LGBTQ) and professionals. Their Caregiver Kula, or intentional community of the heart, provides free daily mindful movement classes as well as wellness workshops, virtual retreats, and online social gatherings created with the busy caregiver in mind. The Caregiver Wellness Collective Inc. is founded by Jennifer Henius, LCSW, RYT. To learn more, visit: or


-Discover how the embodied practices of slow mindful yoga can support your self-care and improve your well-being.

-Learn how conscious slow breathing can help you to calm your nervous system and promote rest and digest.

-Explore how yoga can help us to lovingly reconnect us with our true selves and enable a sacred space to ground ourselves with self-compassion and self-love so that we can give care from our overflow instead of the depths of the well.

How to prepare for the Chair Yoga Class:

-Use any sturdy chair (no wheels) and put it in a safe space in an area with no sharp edges

-Wear comfortable clothes

-Practice in your bare feet or slip resistant shoes

-Have water near by

-Listen to your body, do not ever push or strain to do a pose, stay in your body’s feel-good comfort zone

-Be open to the experience

Presenter Ellen MacKay

Ellen MacKay (she/her) is the Project Manager at Yoga4Caregivers. Ellen has a genuine passion for supporting caregiver well-being and serves on the leadership team of the Caregiver Wellness Collective Inc. Ellen is an experienced trauma informed yoga teacher, trained social worker and former family caregiver for her mother during her battle with lung cancer and her father during his COPD progression. Ellen is passionate about empowering others to find healing by turning inward to connect with the body, mind and spirit.

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Organizer Family Caregiver Alliance

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Family Caregiver Alliance:
The mission of Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and the people who receive their care. For over 40 years, FCA has provided services to family caregivers of adults with physical and cognitive impairments, such as Parkinson’s, stroke, Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Our services include family caregiver assessment, care planning, direct care skills, wellness programs, respite services, and legal/financial consultation vouchers. Ongoing support is available with FCA via CareJourney available 24/7 online. FCA is a longtime advocate for caregivers in the areas of policy, health and social system development, research, and public awareness, on the state, national and local level.

Partner organizations:

Ability Now Bay Area

Alameda County Care Alliance

Alameda County Health Care Services Agency

Alameda County Area Agency on Aging

Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay

Alzheimer's Association

City of Fremont Family Caregiver Support Program

Comfort Homesake

Stupski Foundation

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