On Campus Program

Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher Training


Do you have students, clients, or patients who are unable to practice yoga on the floor due to age, weight, disability, or inflexibility? Would you like to teach yoga at hospitals, senior centers, or nursing homes?

Join world renowned trainer and yoga therapist Lakshmi Voelker and learn how to adapt traditional yoga poses to a chair and bring the benefits of yoga to those unable to take part in even a gentle class. In this chair yoga certification program, learn to

  • Teach an accessible hour-long 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 asanas
  • Incorporate meditation, relaxation, and breathing techniques to improve health and well-being.

This training is suitable for anyone interested in teaching chair yoga including healthcare professionals, yoga teachers, and yoga teachers in training. 

Note Upon completion of the training, you earn a certificate in Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga™ worth 25 CEUs. Tuition includes a manual and access to online training videos, including the Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga DVD and CD.

Prerequisite Students with little or no yoga experience must complete 15 hours of yoga classes with a certified yoga teacher prior to the training. 

Included in Your Stay

Daily Yoga Classes

3 All-Natural Meals Access to the Kripalu Grounds

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
All levels
Suitable For
Program Theme
Professional Training


Liz Oppedijk, founder of Accessible Chair Yoga (ACY) in the United Kingdom, came to yoga in her fifties following serious illness and injury.

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