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Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga®:
Teacher Training Program

with Lakshmi Voelker


For more than 5000 years, yoga has been one of the most impactful forms of fitness, stress relief and meditation in the world but it has often been limited to those who are able to operate with full mobility from a mat on the floor. Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga® was founded by and named after world renowned Yoga instructor and expert, Lakshmi Voelker, to provide access to the power of yoga for everyone – no matter your mobility restrictions – making the health and fitness benefits accessible to everyone. This online teacher training will prepare you to teach a one-hour Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga class with knowledge and confidence to varied audiences.

Everyone can benefit from yoga, but often students, patients or clients feel that they can’t because:

  • They cannot get down to the floor for whatever reason, such as age, disability, or limited flexibility
  • They want to practice yoga but getting to the floor is impractical (at work, traveling, watching TV, etc.)

These groups of people have traditionally been unable to reap the exceptional benefits that yoga brings to the body, mind, and spirit. Now, you can open this wondrous world to new audiences. You will add a new dimension to your teaching and/or caregiving.

Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga is based on 5000-year-old yoga postures (called asanas) and breathing techniques (called pranayama), as well as other Eastern and Western movements that have been adapted specifically for being done while seated in a chair.

In this teacher training, you will learn how to adapt classical mat yoga asanas to the chair—what Lakshmi calls the Chairasanas.

Topic highlights include:

The five branches of Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga:

  • Single Chair Yoga™
  • Double Chair Yoga™
  • Pair Chair Yoga™
  • Weighted Chair Yoga™
  • Wheelchair Yoga™

The Chairasanas for:

  • Sun Salutation
  • Moon Salutation
  • Earth Salutation
  • Warrior Sequence
  • Balance Sequence
  • many more yoga asanas and yoga-related postures

Additional Eastern disciplines and modalities such as:

  • Acupressure 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
  • Foot Reflexology
  • Pa Tuan Chin (8 Essential Sitting Exercises)


  • Basic anatomy as it applies to chair yoga
  • plus, introductions to outside study materials

Don’t miss this week’s Open Center LIVE with Lakshmi Voelker on Wednesday, September 16th. – Click HERE for more information.

Note: This full training is online. Sessions of all our online programs will be recorded and shared with registrants after each is completed for a limited time only.


In this training, you will learn how to adapt yoga poses to a chair and teach this technique to everyone, no matter their Level of Flexibility or range of motion. Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga poses are presented in three or more Levels of Flexibility® so your students can adapt each pose to their personal needs. This includes accounting for varying degrees of flexibility in students’ upper and lower body as well as their right and left sides. This innovative fitness approach makes her chair yoga program suitable for all ages and all fitness levels.

You will also learn pranayama, deep breathing techniques that are a key to reaching optimum health to help fully oxygenate your students’ bodies and massage their organs. This improves their energy and mental clarity while reducing pain and anxiety. Following the pranayama techniques, not only during chair yoga classes, but throughout daily life, significantly enhances health and well-being.

Finally, the meditation/relaxation techniques you will learn will allow you to incorporate them into your Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga classes. This will give your students added health benefits both physically and mentally.

The 30-hour teacher certification program includes:

  • Two 4-hour online group sessions
  • 21 hours of self-study (split among before, between, and after the two 4-hour video calls).
  • Up to ten emails with Lakshmi
  • 1-hour one-on-one video call (after the 2nd online group session)
    Teaching a 30-minute LVCY Class to Lakshmi and reviewing the answers to 16 assessment questions

Online group sessions are done over Zoom. A Webcam, microphone and browser or Zoom software are required for your computer or tablet. (For this program, mobile phone screens do not offer sufficient learning experience.)  A short individual Zoom session will be arranged with each participant before the training starts.

After the registration has been processed you will receive course materials. Refunds will not be offered once the materials are shipped.

Upon completion you will receive a Lakshmi Chair Yoga teacher certificate and multiple items useful to your LVCY practice (see Materials listed below).

Tuition includes:

  • Study Guide
  • Teacher Development Manual (200+ pages with 75+ illustrated asanas)
  • Permanent online access to seven 30-minute classes, DVD & CD used for self-study
  • Ten single question emails
  • Access to private Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher Alumni site on Facebook.
  • Upon Completion – 30 CEUs from Yoga Alliance.

Upon completion of the program (teaching Lakshmi a 30-minute Teacher Assessment Class and answering 16 questions by email) you receive:

  • A Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher Certificate
  • A listing in our database so you receive requests made to us for LVCY teachers in your area
  • Rights to resell LVCY DVD, CD and Ten-Minute Fitness Routine Booklets, and other products we may offer at a discounted price to you.


The online teacher training prepares you to teach a one-hour Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga class with knowledge and confidence to varied audiences. A certificate is granted upon successfully teaching a 30-minute Teacher Assessment Class to Lakshmi and answering 16 written questions.


  • Prerequisites: Yoga teachers and teachers-in-training, health care professionals, care providers or anyone with yoga experience.
  • For those with little or no experience, you must take a minimum of fifteen hours of yoga classes from a certified yoga instructor before taking our online teacher training program.
  • Zoom Software Requirements: This is an online course which requires Zoom webinar software. Zoom is easy to use. Click HERE to make sure your computer is set-up correctly.

Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga®: Teacher Training Program

  • 2 Session(s)
  • Oct 10 2020 12:00 PM ET





Lakshmi Voelker

Lakshmi Voelker, YT, E-RYT 500, KYTA, YA, C-IAYT has been a yoga teacher since 1969. She created Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga in 1982 and is the creator of the Get Fit Where You Sit!® Single Chair Yoga DVD and Chair Yoga; The Sitting Mountain Series® CD.


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