Benefits: This pose will strengthen your trunk and lower body. It will stretch our your shoulders, as well as open up your chest. It is great for improving your balance and increase your stamina.
When I was a teenager, I was a volleyball player. Yes, before discovering yoga I dabbled in team sports, and I loved it. I played all through high school and it still remains one of my fondest memories growing up. We had such a wonderful coach, Mrs. H- she would work us to the bone. We did so many drills and practices, and though we may have complained at times, in the end it molded us into better players, and brought us closer together as a team. Now, you may be wondering why I'm going down memory lane like this, and what does it have to do with Chair Pose? Well, one of the exercises she made us do will forever be etched in my mind. We thought it was cruel and unusual punishment at the time, but hey, we were teenagers, what did we know? We would stand up with our backs against the wall, and be told to bend down as though we were sitting on a chair. Of course, there was no chair beneath us for support. Right away we could feel the burn rushing through our legs and buttocks. Then, the feeling worsened when we were handed our prop: a medecine ball. For those of you who are unfamiliar with medecine balls, they are approximately 14 inches and seem to weigh a ton (to the arms of young girls, anyways). We then had to hold the medecine ball with our arms stretched out straight in front of us. I remember so hard trying to breathe through what I considered to be excrutiating pain, as the sweat literally poured down my face. Some of the girls would complain about their make-up running, and I would think to myself "Who wears make-up at a 7:00am volleyball practice?" Anyways, when we were told to release, it was as though our entire body was going to float up to the ceiling. We couldn't feel a thing!
So next time you're having a dinner party and are short a chair, just pull up your invisible one and have a seat.