Chair Yoga Teacher Training Intensive: The Lakshmi Voelker Method

  • Date

    18th July 2020 - 19th July 2020

  • Time:

    9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Event Details

This course will be held online via Zoom.

Do you know people who would benefit from yoga but:

  • Cannot get down (or up) from the floor due to age, disability, inflexibility, or injury?
  • Want to practice yoga where getting on the floor is impractical (at work, travelling, etc.)?

Traditionally these people have been unable to reap the exceptional benefits of yoga. Chair yoga
makes it possible! With the advent of social prescribing, yoga teachers with fully accessible chair yoga skills will be in great demand, and this course provides the necessary knowledge and skills to meet whatever standards will be required.

Created in 1982, Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga (LVCY) has been training chair yoga teachers for over 35 years, proven effective with teachers worldwide. Its special focus on “levels of flexibility” provides teachers with the structure and confidence to adapt any pose safely and effectively for people of all ages and abilities on any chair. In addition, LVCY offers tools and inspiration for tapping into each teacher’s own creativity when bringing chair yoga to those who need it, sharing the benefits with every BODY in yoga studios, leisure centres, hospitals, schools, care homes, community settings, and offices as well as at home.

What the training will cover:

This comprehensive 32-hour course takes a blended approach, combining group online learning,
self-study, and 1-2-1 online mentoring. The group online training takes place over two days, with self-study and assessments (practical and written) due after the weekend. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive your LVCYT (Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher) certification and will be able to run your own chair yoga classes/sessions with confidence. This course is certified by Yoga Alliance (USA) and Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK).

Course modules include:

  • How to adapt poses on the chair safely and effectively.
  • Adapted poses on the chair for Single, Double, Pair, Weighted, and Wheelchair Yoga.
  • Precautions for chair poses.
  • Breathing techniques.
  • Philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics.
  • Class sequencing and teaching techniques.
  • Extra modalities, including Acupressure, Reflexology, and Do-In Chinese Self Massage.
  • Practical tips for teaching chair yoga in healthcare, care homes, and other settings.

Who the training is for and eligibility:

Yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, exercise professionals, carers, and community workers may all follow this course. For those without a yoga teacher qualification, an 8-hour workshop on Basic Yoga Techniques must be taken as a prerequisite.

About the Teacher

Liz Oppedijk is co-founder of the social enterprise Accessible Chair Yoga CIC and a leading expert on chair yoga in the UK. She has taught chair yoga to people with a wide range of abilities, including those with Parkinson’s, MS, stroke, cancer, and other conditions, as well as those with dementia, learning disabilities, and their carers. Her special interests are training a community of chair yoga teachers to bring yoga to care homes across the country and carrying out research into yoga’s effectiveness in the social care and healthcare sectors. She regularly lectures on chair and accessible yoga, yoga for Parkinson’s and dementia, and yoga in care homes. She is the official Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga teacher trainer in the UK and the European Coordinator for Jivana Heyman’s Accessible Yoga charity.

In collaboration with Accessible Chair Yoga CIC and The Minded Institute

Ticket Type
Standard Ticket – £525.00
Early Bird Ticket (till 19 June) – £480.00
Payment plans available; please email:

Completion of this course is worth 16 CPD points with Yoga Alliance Professionals

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