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September 24-27, 2021

Friday 7:00-9:30pm

Saturday-Monday 9:00am-12:30pm & 2:00-6:00pm

25 CEUs
For health care professionals
, yoga teachers, or anyone else interested in teaching chair yoga
who has taken at least 15 hours of yoga classes.

Who Needs Chair Yoga?
Do you have students, patients, or clients that would benefit from doing Yoga but:
  • cannot get down on the floor because of age, handicap, or inflexibility?
  • want to practice yoga where getting on the floor is impractical (at work, traveling, etc.)?
These folks have traditionally been unable to reap the exceptional benefits yoga brings to the body, mind and spirit. Now you can open this wondrous world to a new audience.
What will you learn?
Lakshmi assistingIn this four day program, Lakshmi will add a new dimension to your teaching and/or care-giving. The 25 hour teacher certification will provide you with a firm foundation for teaching Chair Yoga. The 25 hours qualify for Yoga Alliance continuing education credits.

Along with meditation/relaxation, breathing, acupressure, and the use of light weights to build bone and muscle mass, you will learn how to adapt classical Yoga asanas to the chair (vs. the floor) — what Lakshmi terms chairasanas.

In this training, you will learn to:

Teach a one-hour therapeutic chair yoga class:
  • Choose appropriate postures and breathing techniques
    according to individual needs
  • Adapt postures to differing levels of flexibility
  • Understand precautions and contraindications for poses
    and breathing techniques
  • Include other Eastern modalities to improve health and well-being.
You will learn chairasanas for:
  • sun salutation
  • moon salutation 
  • earth salutation
  • warrior series
  • classical balance postures
  • other yoga asanas
  • anatomy overview
  • contraindications & precautions for chairasanas

In addition, during the 4 day (25 hours) program, you will learn the chairasanas for:

  • Double Chair Yoga™ (each student uses two chairs)
  • Pair Chair Yoga™
    (two students, each on their own chair,
    working together as partners)
  • Weighted Chair Yoga
    (each student employs appropriate
    weights as part of their Chair Yoga practice)

During your program Lakshmi will cover additional Eastern disciplines and
modalities such as:

  • Pa Tuan Chin
  • Chinese Arthritis Relief Hand Movements
  • Acupressure knee strengthening exercises
  • Breathing techniques for meditation/relaxation and asanas
  • 7 Chakras and their meanings, colors, sounds, and affirmations
  • 5 Yamas and 5 Niyamas
  • Do-In Chinese Self Massage and Foot Reflexology
  • Basic nutrition to honor our body temple

Lakshmi will introduce a wide variety of reading and viewing materials.

Your certification will enable you to teach a one hour Chair Yoga class with knowledge and confidence to a varied audience. A certificate will be granted upon successfully teaching a Chair Yoga class to your classmates at the conclusion of the certification program.


$400 early registration
paid in full one month before
the start date.

Tuition includes:
  • Single Chair Yoga Volume 1 DVD
  • Teacher’s manual
    (over 175 pages with illustrations)
  • Rights to resell the DVD and CD at a discounted price to you
Register with Lakshmi at


or contact us at 5waveslearning for more information


for anyone interested in teaching chair yoga (including healthcare professionals) with at least 15 hours of yoga classes, and of course, yoga teachers and yoga-teachers-in-training.


Lakshmi Voelker,

E-RYT500, C-IAYT, YACEP, AYC Ambassador, has over 45 years in the fitness industry specializing in office and senior fitness as well as adaptive/disabled fitness.

    Lakshmi developed Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga in 1982.  It was followed by Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga - The Sitting Mountain Series in 1990 and the DVD - Get Fit Where You Sit in 2007.

   Lakshmi has certified more than 1300 teachers nationally and internationally.  This includes healthcare professionals at the Mayo Clinic and The New York City Department of Education. She regularly runs teacher trainings at the Kripalu Center, The Open Center, YogaWorks, Discovery Yoga, and Texas State University. She also offers Online Teacher Training over Skype worldwide.
CANCELLATION POLICY: All refunds will be charged a 10% cancellation fee. If you drop out of the workshop after the start date, there will be no refund.

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