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Aug 13 – 22, 2021

Chair Yoga Teacher Training Course

Krishna Chaitanya, Padmavadi, & Kumari

Part 1: Fri-Sun, Aug 13 – 15, Part 2: Fri-Sun, Aug 20 – 22

Total Hours: 22.5

Course Description:

Yoga has become recognized as one of the world’s most effective tools to maintain a healthy immune system, relieve stress, heal the body, improve sleep, focus awareness and support relaxation, and it’s available to everyone!  

The practice of chair yoga is rehabilitative, an effective tool for everyday practice and can be used with a wide variety of populations. 

In this course, you will learn techniques that can calm the mind, relax the body and invigorate the spirit, in a short amount of time, all while sitting on a chair!  Besides learning ways to maximize and energize office breaks, you will discover how to make yoga accessible to seniors, persons with disabilities or limited mobility, the chronically ill, and those recovering from injuries at any age.

You will learn how to teach an online course and offer:

  • Modified yoga postures in chairs
  • Chair modifications in mixed level classes (standing and sitting)
  • Private chair yoga sessions
  • Breathing, chanting, and meditation in chairs.
  • You will also learn about the business and marketing of Chair Yoga.

Who should take the course: Whether you are a yoga teacher, nurse, PT, MD, OT, caregiver or an experienced yoga practitioner, and you would like to learn Chair Yoga to have a more in-depth understanding of the practice, sign up and join us for this highly beneficial course.  This course is for YOU!

This is a certification course, students who complete this course will receive Chair Yoga certification. 

"I recommend this course to all yoga instructors if they are teaching. I feel more confident, with lots of detailed information regarding limitations and how to support self-healing. Now, I have the choice to practice yoga on a mat or chair!"
- Manisha M.


*All times are listed in Eastern Time Zone

Part 1: 

Friday, Aug 13: 4:00-7:40pm (Break 5:30-5:45pm & 7:15-7:20pm) 

Saturday, Aug 14: 12:30-5:10pm (Break 2:00-2:15pm, 2:55-3:05pm, 4:55-5:00pm)

Sunday, Aug 15 12:30-5:10pm (Break 2:00-2:15pm, 3:00-3:45pm)

Part 2: 

Fri Aug 20 4:00-7:30pm (Break 5:30-5:45pm & 7:15-7:20pm) 

Sat Aug 21 12:30-3:30pm (Break 2:00-2:15pm)

Sun Aug 22 12:30-3:30pm (Break 2:15-2:30pm)


Module 1

How to teach Chair Yoga Level 1 class.

At the end of the module, the students should reach the point that they can teach ⅓ of Level 1 class. Students will learn the sequence and the difference between Level 2 and Level 1.

Module 2

You’ll have the tools to teach a full Level 1 class and begin to focus on teaching a Level 2 class. The second module will be dedicated to teaching an abbreviated Level 2 class (30 min) and teaching a full (45 min) Level 1 class.

Class Format

  • Each class will have 2 sessions of 1.5 h each, divided into 40 min theory and 50 min practice with a break of 15 min between the sessions and 15 min of introduction of the project, or Q&A, or feedback at the end of the second session.
  • There are a total of 10 theoretical and 10 practical sessions
  • During the 50 min practice sessions, the students will:
    • Experience Chair Yoga as students of a particular level of practice (3 levels of practice will be introduced)
    • Practice “How to Teach” techniques

Module 1 – 12.5 hours

Learning Objectives:

The following general topics will be covered in this module:

  • Yoga as a therapy, Biomechanics 101, and how to each online
  • 3 Levels of students and 3 levels of practice
  • Uniqueness of Chair Yoga and the healing properties of it

The students will be introduced to, experience (as a student), and then practice teaching class Level 1. The students will be introduced to and experience (as a student) class Level 2.

Detailed Objectives:

Day 1 

The students will learn:

  • Intro: Yoga as a natural, holistic therapy & Basics of Biomechanics
  • How to teach online. Who are the 3 levels of students? What are the 3 levels of practice we will offer?
    • Level 1 – Whole class on the chair
    • Level 2 – Combined chair-yoga mat class
    • Level 3 – Workbreak Yoga with a chair

The students will practice:

  • Present and experience (as student) Level 1 class

Day 2 

The students will learn:

  • Why Chair Yoga? Why is it called Yoga? What makes it a Yoga practice?
  • Discuss main asana vs. adaptations vs. variations.

The students will practice:

  • Experience Level 1 class in detail, with guidance to feel the adaptations and modeling teacher’s posture, presence, and wording to use for teaching

Day 3 

The students will learn:

  • Yoga for healing: How does Yoga heal? Presentation of Healing in relation to the 5 Koshas and Body-Breath awareness
  • The 3 stages of healing on the physical level (informed by mental)

Module 2 – 9.5 hours

Learning Objectives:

  • Comparison of Level 1 & Level 2 classes
  • Introduction of Level 3 class
  • The Business and Marketing side of Chair Yoga
  • Review of, Q&A on, and feedback about any material of the course

Detailed Objectives:

Day 4 

The students will learn:

  • Discussion of the differences between Level 1 & Level 2 classes
  • Q&A on Level 2 class

The students will practice:

  • Review of techniques of Level 2 class

Day 5

The students will learn:

  • Introduction of Level 3 class with different options and variations

The students will practice:

  • Q&A on Level 1 class

Day 6 

The students will learn:

  • The business of Chair Yoga and Marketing strategy

Individual Work and Project

    • To enhance assimilation a short (20-30 minutes) individual work will be given after each day’s class
    • It is advisable to take time between the modules (1.5-2.5 hours) to enhance the practical experience of teaching online.


In order to get the certification for completion of the course the students will have to live participate in both theoretical and practical sessions and reach satisfactory skill in teaching as follows:

  • Participate in at least 9 of the 10 theoretical sessions.
  • Participate in at least 9 of the 10 practical sessions.

If the student missed a session of teaching part or full class, they will be asked to teach it to one of the course teachers. Same if the teaching skill will require improvement.

*Note: actively participate – having their camera open throughout the whole and each session. In order to miss a session the students will be asked to coordinate this with one of the teachers ahead of time.

Complete the mandatory project between the weekend modules (1.5-2.5 hours) to enhance the practical experience of teaching online. The students will be divided into groups of 3. During the week each of the students will prepare and teach online the rest of the group part of Level 1 class.

"The chair yoga manual content was very good, easy to follow and included the current information on using the Zoom platform. The teacher was an experienced yogi, knowledgeable, compassionate and caring. His instructions were clear, and easy to follow."
- Saraswati

Additional Information:

Offered as 2 weekend sessions. Part 1: Fri Aug 13 4:00-7:40pm, Sat Aug 14 12:30-5:10pm, Sun Aug 15 12:30-5:10pm Part 2: Fri Aug 20 4:00-7:30pm, Sat Aug 21 12:30-3:30pm, Sun Aug 22 12:30-3:30pm Eastern Time Zone

Requirements and Recommendations:

Krishna Chaitanya

Krishna Chaitanya is a physical therapist, senior staff member of the Yoga Retreat, and senior instructor of Hatha Yoga in the Teacher Training Course and other courses. He has taught for more than 20 years and specializes in working with the elderly population. He teaches Adaptive Yoga, Chair Yoga, and has many years experience helping individuals with all kinds of physical limitations. 


Padmavati is a Sivananda Yoga Teacher and manager of the Wellbeing Center at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas. She is an assistant teacher for TTC and Chair Yoga. Her book What’s Possible? Ayurvedic Odyssey: The Year Yoga Changed My Life is the story of living in the ashram for a one year study and her journey to health and wholeness through Yoga and Ayurveda.


Kumari received her Yoga Teacher 200 in 2013. She is an assistant teacher in TTC at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas, and an assistant teacher in online Yoga Therapy Courses and Webinars (Chair Yoga, Adaptive Yoga, Yoga & the Health of the Spine).

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