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Chair Yoga Certification

Chair Yoga for Every Body

Offered Live Online

Learn how to safely offer chair yoga classes or modifications using a chair: for students who need to use a chair for balance and safety; for students who are recovering from illness or injury; for students who need alternatives to getting onto the floor or who need help getting up from the floor; for large groups including workplace seminars and conferences.

Chair yoga offers movement options for every day situations such as working at your desk, long trips in a car or airplane. Chair yoga need not be “easy” either.

Chair yoga teaches proper alignment that can be helpful to anyone who practices yoga.  This program includes hands on practices as well as PPT presentations on health conditions such as osteoporosis, joint conditions and joint replacements.

This experiential training focuses on the levels of Chair Yoga:

·Level 1 Chair Yoga – seated poses using one or two chairs.

·Level 2 Chair Yoga – seated and standing poses using one or two chairs.

·Level 3 Chair Yoga – modifications for mat postures as well as standing poses using the chair for balance, support, and improved alignment. Level 3 Chair Yoga can be used in regular yoga classes to practice challenging poses such as Balancing Half Moon.

·Techniques include:

o   Range of Movement techniques for “Daily Joint Maintenance”

o   Chair Sun Salutation – Seated and Standing

o   Restorative poses using the chair

o   Safe movement for osteoporosis, joint and spinal conditions

o   Mudras for balanced well-being

  • Teaching Methodology:
    • Discussions include teaching safe and accessible yoga for students with a variety of conditions and life experience.
Online Live-Stream via Zoom
in your own home
September 7 & 8; 14 & 15, 2024
Attendance live to weekend sessions is required for Yoga Alliance certification. 
All class times are Eastern Time Zone
Saturdays and Sundays (9/7 & 9/8 and 9/14 & 9/15)
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
2:00-5:00 pm
*Plus recorded classes provided or live-streamed online class at 9:30–10:30 a.m. on Thursday, 9/12/24
*Note: The assignment includes experiencing at least 1 class either live streamed from the Thursday class on Zoom or a choice of 6 recorded classes with Susanne or founder Karen O’Donnell Clarke.


Online at your location.

This is a Live training via Zoom.

Take some of the free recorded classes or Live-Stream classes to decide if the Yoga Heals Us approach is right for you.
  • 2 chairs that are suitable for Chair Yoga. Folding chairs can be versatile. Flat seated wooden chairs such as kitchen chairs work well too.  It’s good to have at least one chair with no arms.
  • 2 blocks
  • 1 strap
  • Blanket, pillow, eye pillow (optional), yoga mat or carpeted space.
  • A bolster is nice to have. We can also improvise if you don’t have one.
  • Dowel or broom stick
  • Pool noodle, rolled towel, or rolled sticky mat.
Desktop or laptop computer is best. There will be powerpoint presentations and small / large group activities that will make viewing easier on a larger screen than a cell phone. 
Your Trainer: 
Susanne Murtha,

Apply by completing the form below along with payment on the Donation page.

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  • 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification 
  • Please email a copy or photo of your YTT certificate to Susanne
  • Yoga teachers in training with Yoga Alliance registered 200 hr YTT may request to apply.
  • Health care professionals who meet the prerequisite (a regular yoga practice with a certified yoga teacher) may request to take this program and will receive a Continuing Education Certificate.



Read reviews from program graduates at Yoga Alliance. SCROLL DOWN on this page to see teachers’ feedback from the recent training.



Contact Susanne@yogahealsus.com
or 518.796.3755


25 Hour Certification

Please register by Sept. 1, 2024

Sliding Scale Tuition:
  • Community Supported: $350
  • Standard: $400
  • Pay it Forward: $425

Please enter your chosen tuition amount when you pay on our donation page.


  • 60+ page digital manual 

  • power point summaries


  • Scroll down for Refund Policy. 


  • 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification
  • Yoga teachers in training with Yoga Alliance registered 200 hr YTT
  • Health professionals with MSK training please email Susanne your credentials


Total program hours:  25 contact hours

  • This program meets the Yoga Alliance requirements for up to 25 hours of continuing education. 
  • The yoga therapy components of Susanne’s teaching are based on her professional yoga therapy certification with Integrative Yoga Therapy, an IAYT member school, not derived from her status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.

Yoga Heals Us

Karen O’Donnell Clarke, certified yoga therapist, developed this training from her 20+ years of working with students who have multiple sclerosis, cancer, recovering from surgery, seniors, and individuals with physical challenges needing a gentle, adaptive approach to yoga. 


Susanne Murtha, certified yoga therapist assisted and co-lead with Karen and is committed to continue her legacy. Susanne has taught yoga for over 25 years with advanced certifications in yoga, yoga therapy, Ayurveda and iRest meditation. She has worked with people managing chronic pain for the past 7 years.

Contact Susanne with any questions:

Susanne Murtha


Feedback FROM JAN 2024

I very much enjoyed and learned a great deal. Susanne is a wonderful teacher, she provides excellent cues during guided practice and is an excellent didactic instructor. I appreciate that the resources are current. I enjoyed the section on pain and plan to use the resources referenced to learn more. much. ~Raquel, Physical Therapist

This was an excellent course! This training covered so many aspects of why and how to teach chair yoga. We discussed various reasons a student would choose to use a chair and went through a wide range of levels of accessibility and conditions that might limit range of motion. Susanne is very knowledgeable, and I loved that she was able to dig deeper into any topic we explored. ~Jennifer

I honestly loved it all—the format and the content. I am so grateful that I found this course. Susanne was absolutely lovely, genuine and caring. She ensured that all needs were met and accommodated our unique needs with grace and compassion. I loved that I am able to rewatch the videos as often as I want to learn more and that they will not disappear in two months I will be able to refer to them in future when I want a refresh or to try new things. ~Barb

This was my second time taking the Advanced Chair Yoga TT, and I loved it for so many reasons. Susanne has an extensive amount of knowledge and experience in yoga and Ayurveda and her teachings opened my mind to new ways of thinking. The material felt relevant and fresh. Susanne was always generous with her time and resources which allowed me to review the material after each session. One of my favorite parts about the training was that Susanne always integrated during the power point presentations the theoretical with the practical and/ or experimental encouraging us to explore and experiment in real time. Susanne is a caring, gentle, and joyful teacher. I am grateful that Susanne honored Karen’s beautiful teachings— it felt like having to angels in the room. ~Angela

Refund Policy
  • 14 days or more prior to the first day of the training:
    • You will receive a refund minus a $75 processing fee.
  • 13 days through 1 days prior to the first day of the training:
    • You will receive 75% of your payment minus a $75 processing fee.
  • No refund is available:
    • if you cancel on the first day of the training.
    • if you are a ‘no show’ or if you leave the training early for any reason.