On Campus Program

Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher Training


Do you have students, clients, patients, or family and friends who are unable to practice yoga on the floor due to age, weight, disability, or inflexibility? Would you like to teach yoga at hospitals, senior centers, nursing homes, or online...just to name a few places?

Join world-renowned trainers and yoga therapists Lakshmi Voelker and Liz Oppedijk, coauthors of Get Fit Where You Sit: A Guide to the Lakshmi Voelker Method and learn how to adapt traditional yoga poses to a chair with multiple levels of flexibility. These joy-filled, dynamic chair yoga classes bring the benefits of yoga to everyone, on any chair, anywhere! 

In this certification program, learn to teach an accessible hour-long chair yoga class using the Lakshmi Voelker Method. 

In this certification program, learn to teach an accessible hour-long chair yoga class using the Lakshmi Voelker Method. You will learn to

  • Practice single and double chair yoga. 
  • Use levels of flexibility for wheelchair yoga. 
  • Use light weights in chair poses to build bone and muscle mass. 
  • Discern levels of flexibility and identify precautions and contraindications. 
  • Choose postures and breathing techniques according to individual needs. 
  • Understand anatomy and alignment for chair asanas. 
  • Incorporate meditation, relaxation, and breathing techniques to improve health and well-being.

This training is suitable for anyone interested in teaching chair yoga including healthcare professionals, yoga teachers, yoga teachers-in-training, and mat yoga practitioners. 

NOTE Upon completion of the training, you earn a certificate in Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga worth 25 CEUs. Tuition includes a teacher development manual and access to online training videos. 

Prerequisites Students with little or no yoga experience must complete 15 hours of yoga classes with a certified yoga teacher either live or online prior to the training. 

Included in Your Stay

Daily Yoga Classes

3 All-Natural Meals Access to the Kripalu Grounds

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
All levels
Suitable For
Program Theme
Professional Training


Lakshmi Voelker, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP, AYC Ambassador and creator of Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga™, has certified more than 2,600 teachers nationally and internationally.

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Liz Oppedijk, founder of Accessible Chair Yoga (ACY) in the United Kingdom, came to yoga in her fifties following serious illness and injury.

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