Chair Yoga (Modified)


This class is taught by:

David LeBeau

Yoga Instructor:
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David learned to do yoga to help treat lower back pain. By using some stretches regularly, especially after strenuous work and long drives, he learned how to improve back health in a holistic way. He started the YogaFit Training Systems Teacher Training Program in 2007, and has been teaching senior chair yoga for over 7 years. He holds certificates in Levels One through Three, YogaFit Seniors, and Anatomy and Alignment. These certificates represent over 100 hours of training.

David prefers the vinyasa style of yoga. Although he was first introduced to the more classic style of holding poses for longer periods, he finds the flowing vinyasa style works better for seniors who generally find that moving into and out of a stretch several times is just as effective as the longer holding but easier for them to accomplish. Also, the YogaFit version of vinyasa style includes more muscle strengthening poses and exercise leading to better muscle tone in a shorter period of time.

David’s preference for vinyasa style, leads him to like a flow rather than have any particular favorite pose. A flow he likes is a Downward Facing Dog to a Plank to Crocodile, back to Plank and then Downward Facing Dog using a chair for support. This flow stretches and strengthens the back while it strengthens the abdominals, legs and arms.
Growing up in Bloomington, David left for 17 years after graduating from IU. His Navy and training career took him many places in the world before his return to Bloomington with a family. His yoga training has taken place in Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Hamilton, Ohio.

If David could say something to a student walking into his class for the first time it would be to ask them to start by listening carefully to their body, and as they practice each stretch, to look for that balance point between “too easy” where there is almost no benefit, and “too hard” where their body is establishing a limit. The stretches, poses and sequences we do in chair yoga are simple so that each person can tailor the workout to their body.

When asked what season David would be, he chose fall. The color crisp days invite us to walk, cycle, hike, sail, camp and gather around a fire ring to appreciate each other.

Beth Lazarus

Beth discovered her passion for yoga, wellness and fitness after raising her children and finding time to take care of herself. Beth began her fitness career in 2009 after completing a cardio dance instructor certification. The combination of cardio dance exercise and strength training helped her achieve her highest level of health and fitness. Beth realized that something was lacking in her routine and found the missing piece of the puzzle by adding the practice of yoga, achieving the perfect balance of emotional, physical and spiritual health. Beth completed her 200 hour YTT in 2014 and is currently working toward her prenatal certification. Beth is co-owner and class manager of Touchstone Yoga and Massage and general manager of Anytime Fitness, Bloomington and Evansville, IN. Beth dedicates her practice to her father, Ken Lazarus, having lived the last 11 years of his life as a quadriplegic with faith, acceptance and grace.
This class is tailored to seniors and open to anyone with mobility and flexibility challenges. Standing and chair postures are used to improve balance, strength and flexibility. Easy modifications to postures and movements make this healthy option accessible to all.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Jul 24 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with David LeBeau
  • Tue Jul 25 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with David LeBeau
  • Wed Jul 26 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with David LeBeau
  • Thu Jul 27 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Beth Lazarus
  • Mon Jul 31 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Beth Lazarus
  • Tue Aug 01 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Beth Lazarus
  • Wed Aug 02 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Beth Lazarus
  • Thu Aug 03 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Beth Lazarus
  • Mon Aug 07 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with David LeBeau
  • Tue Aug 08 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with David LeBeau
  • Wed Aug 09 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with David LeBeau
  • Thu Aug 10 10:30 am - 11:30 am with David LeBeau
  • Mon Aug 14 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with David LeBeau
  • Tue Aug 15 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with David LeBeau
  • Wed Aug 16 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with David LeBeau
  • Thu Aug 17 10:30 am - 11:30 am with David LeBeau
  • Mon Aug 21 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with David LeBeau
  • Tue Aug 22 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with David LeBeau
  • Wed Aug 23 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with David LeBeau
  • Thu Aug 24 10:30 am - 11:30 am with David LeBeau