Lakshmi Voelker

Lakshmi Voelker, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP, AYC Ambassador, has more than 50 years of experience in yoga and the fitness industry specializing in office, senior, and adaptive/disabled fitness. She developed Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga™ in 1982, Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga: The Sitting Mountain Series CD in 1990, and the DVD Get Fit Where You Sit in 2007. Lakshmi has certified more than 2,000 teachers nationally and internationally, including healthcare 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.

Learn more about this presenter’s work:


  • Chair Yoga and Acupressure for Well-Being

    Combining chair yoga and acupressure can relieve anxiety, fatigue, indigestion, and depression, as well as tension in the neck, back, and shoulders.

  • The Surprising Benefits of Chair Yoga

    When one of her yoga students was diagnosed with arthritis, Lakshmi Voelker developed a sequence that could be practiced on a chair—and she hasn’t stopped teaching Chair Yoga since.