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Chair Yoga Practice: Chair Yoga Leg Lifts

chair yoga leg lifts

This exercise supports hip/leg flexibility and strength, to improve ability to complete activities of daily living. Hip/leg strength includes balance, ability to independently move to standing from a sitting position, and walk independently. These physical abilities support self-efficacy for activities of daily living.


  • While seated, lift the right leg forward as high as possible, engaging the thigh muscles. Press your hands into the seat of the chair for balance and support.
  • Hold for 5–10 deep breaths to cultivate mental and physical endurance.
  • Repeat on the left side.
  • Then, open the right leg out to the right and lift as high as possible, engaging the thigh muscles and hip flexors; hold for 5–10 deep breaths.
  • Repeat on the left side.

Repeat both forward and to the side for 2–3 rounds