Chair Yoga Certification

Chair Yoga for Every Body

Offered Online and In-Person

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
Dates:
January 22 – 30, 2022 
Commitment: 
Attendance at all sessions is required for certification. 
All class times are Eastern Time Zone (NY)
 Saturdays (1/22 & 1/29)
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
 
Sundays (1/23 & 1/30)
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
 Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022
5 – 6:15 p.m.
 
 Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. 
Note: The Tuesday and Thursday sessions are live streamed classes that are recorded and available for replay for those who are not able to make those time slots. Participants make take these as recorded classes. Must be completed by Saturday, January 29, 2022. 

Location:

Online at your location.

This is a Live training via Zoom.

Preparation:
Take some of my free recorded classes or Live-Stream classes before deciding if my approach is right for you.
Props:
  • 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: 
Karen O’Donnell Clarke,
E-RYT500, C-IAYT

Apply Here:

Complete this Form

Click here to complete the Application / Registration form

Pre-requisite:

  • 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification 
  • Yoga teachers in training with Yoga Alliance registered 200 hr YTT may request to apply.

Questions:

Contact Karen@yogahealsus.com
or 860.204.0797

Tuition:

25 Hour Certification

Special Pricing

COVID-19 discounted pricing

Included:

  • 60 page manual mailed 10 days prior to training.

  • power point summaries

Refunds:

  • No refunds are available once the manual has been mailed. (see regular Refund Policy toward the end of this page.)

  • Only credit to the next scheduled training is available after the manual has been mailed.

Fort Worth, Texas
Dates:

No scheduled in-person training at this time. 

Location:

  • MINDSET Fitness and Yoga
    • 2307 Gravel Drive
    • Fort Worth, TX 76118

Tuition:

25 Hour Certification

 

Includes 60 page manual

Pre-requisite:

  • 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification
  • Yoga teachers in training with Yoga Alliance registered 200 hr YTT
  • Experienced yoga students who have studied and taken classes for at least one year with a certified yoga teacher.
  • Health care professionals who provide chair exercise for their patients may participate with the with permission of the instructor. Must be experienced in yoga.

CEUs:

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 Karen’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.
  • The yoga therapy components of Gusti’s teaching are based on her professional yoga therapy certification and not derived from her status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.

Presenter: Connecticut and Online

Developed by Karen O’Donnell Clarke, certified yoga therapist, over the course of the past 15 years working with students who have multiple sclerosis, cancer, recovering from surgery, seniors, and individuals with physical challenges needing a gentle, adaptive approach to yoga. 

Contact:

Questions about the training:

  • Karen O’Donnell Clarke
  • 860.204.0797
  • karen@yogahealsus.com

Presenter: Texas

Gusti and Karen have worked together teaching adaptive yoga trainings since 2007. Gusti is the lead teacher for the upcoming training in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Gusti is an inspirational yoga teacher and trainer. She blends humor and lightheartedness with the tools and techniques of adaptive yoga to train and inspire yoga teachers who are eager to create accessibility for students of all levels of ability.

Contact: 

Questions about the training contact:

  • Karen O’Donnell Clarke
  • 860.204.0797
  • karen@yogahealsus.com
Feedback from past programs
  • “You provided a great balanced training, for so many people.  We were thoroughly trained on how to keep our students safe in our yoga classes.”
  • Regarding the most important thing learned or biggest area of personal growth through this course, one participant wrote:  
    • “I’ve been reminded of coming to the mat with a beginners mind every time.  
    • Chair yoga does not mean “easy” yoga.  
    • I am capable of accommodating a much broader range of human beings!  
    • All students can benefit from a chair yoga practice.  
    • It brings a strong sense of awareness to the body and its presence in space and time.  
    • This course has been perfection.” (Obviously a fan:)
  • “I love your approach to yoga as an integrated practice!!”
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.
Training in Connecticut at Blissworks Yoga & Healing Arts

 Accommodations and Meals:

  • This is a non-residential program.  Bring your own lunch and snacks.  Refrigerator, microwave, teapot available.

 Travel:  

  • Train –  Amtrak and Shoreline East trains come into New London at the end of State Street, walking distance to Blissworks Yoga & Healing Arts.
  • Ferry – The Orient Point Ferry from Greenport, Long Island, NY docks next to the train station.  A short walk to the yoga studio. 
  • Car – Interstate 95 is minutes away from the studio.

 Meals:

  • There are many restaurants within walking distance to the studio.
    • Washington Street Coffee House
    • Fiddleheads Food Co-op
    • The Right Path Vegan Restaurant
Training Texas at MINDSET Fitness and Yoga 

 Accommodations and Meals:

  • This is a non-residential program.  Bring your own lunch and snacks.  Refrigerator, microwave, teapot available.
  • The closest hotels are near Northeast Mall in North Richland Hills, TX.
 Travel:  
  • Airport – DFW is about 20 minutes from MINDSET.
  • Uber and Lyft are easily available.

 Meals:

  • There are restaurants about 15 minutes driving distance away. It’s best to bring your food with you. Lunch is an hour.