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Share the Benefits of Yoga

Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga™ Teacher Training Certification

December 10 - 15, 2017

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$525 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Do you have students, clients, or patients who can’t get down onto the floor due to age, weight, disability, or inflexibility? Would you like to teach yoga at hospitals, senior centers, or nursing homes?

By adapting traditional yoga poses to a chair, you can bring the therapeutic benefits of yoga to those unable to take part in even a gentle class.

Whether you are relatively new to yoga or are a health-care professional or yoga teacher, this week will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to safely and compassionately teach chair yoga.

In this training, you will learn to:

  • Teach a 1-hour therapeutic chair yoga class
  • Choose appropriate postures and breathing techniques according to individual needs
  • Discern levels of flexibility and identify precautions and contraindications
  • Use light weights in chair poses to build bone and muscle mass
  • Understand anatomy and alignment for chair poses
  • Incorporate meditation, relaxation, and breathing techniques into the sequences to improve health and overall well-being.

Lakshmi Voelker has dedicated her life to creating accessible paths to wellness. She created chair yoga to be able to bring adaptive fitness and exercise programs to those who could not benefit from traditional methods of physical activity.

Upon completion of this training, you will receive a certificate in Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga—and be ready to start sharing the positive benefits of yoga.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Lakshmi Voelker, E-RYT 500, IAYT, YACEP

    Expert in adaptive and disabled fitness and yoga

    Lakshmi Voelker has more than 45 years of experience in the fitness industry, specializing in office, senior, and adaptive/disabled fitness. A pioneer in creating fun, customizable yoga and mindfulness sequences for a broad audience, Lakshmi developed her accessible programs based on the best wisdom and practices she learned from many years of experience with masters of Eastern traditions, extensive training in yoga, and 12 years working in a hospital.

    She created Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga™ in 1982, the audio Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga: The Sitting Mountain Series in 1990, and the DVD Get Fit Where You Sit in 2007. In her signature warm, humorous, and supportive style, Lakshmi has certified more than 1,400 teachers nationally and internationally, including health-care professionals at the Mayo Clinic and the New York City Department of Education.

    She regularly runs trainings at Kripalu, the Open Center, YogaWorks, Discovery Yoga, and Texas State University. She also offers online teacher trainings worldwide.

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  • Why Attend
    • If you are a health-care professional, expand your toolkit to be able to offer a safe and effective movement practice to those who cannot get onto the floor.

    • For yoga teachers and aspiring yoga teachers, expand your expertise to be able to support a wider variety of students who are interested in practicing yoga.

    • Become certified to teach chair yoga to students, family, or friends with fun, creative sequencing and calming breathing exercises.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.


    You do not need to be a certified yoga teacher to teach Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga, but students with little or no yoga experience must complete fifteen hours of yoga classes with a certified yoga teacher prior to the training.

    Experience Level

    Some required; see prerequisites.

    What to Wear

    A pair of 1- or 2-pound dumbbells

    Special Details

    Tuition includes a manual and a DVD.

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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