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Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga
Teacher Training

Bristol 3-5 November 2022


This is a training course for 

  • Yoga teachers

  • Healthcare professionals

  • Exercise professionals

  • Carers

  • Community workers


For those without a yoga teacher qualification, an 8-hour course on Basic

Yoga Techniques must be taken as a prerequisite. Click through here for info

Liz Oppedijk introduces the course

An example of a chair yoga class with Stephanie Shanti

Do you know people who would benefit from yoga but:

  •  Cannot get down (or up) from the floor due to age, disability, inflexibility, or injury?

  •  Want to practise yoga where getting on the floor is impractical (at work, travelling, etc.)?


Traditionally these people have been unable to reap the exceptional benefits of yoga.   Chair yoga makes it possible! 


With the advent of social prescribing, yoga teachers with fully accessible chair yoga skills are in greater demand, and this course provides the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the standards required.


Lakshmi Voelker created this course in 1982, and has been training chair yoga teachers for 40



The LVCY (Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga) method has special focus on ‘levels of flexibility’ and provides teachers with the structure and confidence to adapt any pose both safely and effectively for people of all ages and abilities on any chair. 


In addition, LVCY offers tools and inspiration for tapping into each teacher’s own creativity when bringing chair yoga to those who need it, sharing the benefits with every BODY in yoga studios, leisure centres, hospitals, schools, care homes, community settings, offices as well as at home.

I felt empowered … The whole concept of anyone being able to practice [Chair] Yoga fills me with joy … The whole course was great!’

‘I liked the mix of practical, theory and break-out groups. It kept it lively and interesting …’

‘I make sure to attend CPD events regularly but can honestly say I was really impressed with the delivery, organisation, timekeeping and content of the course.’


'This was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget. I always say I can't wait to get on the mat. Now I find myself excited to get on the chair!'

'The manual will be invaluable.'

'I am enthusiastic and more than ready to being teaching chair yoga classes.'

'I would recommend this training for all teachers. After this training, I feel more prepared to modify and adapt any yoga pose for all students/clients. Thank you!''

How this course will work

This comprehensive 32-hour course takes a blended approach, combining in-person group learning, self-study, and one-to-one online mentoring. 


The group training takes place over three days, with self-study and assessments (practical and written) taking place afterwards. 

Course modules include:


  • How to adapt poses on the chair safely and effectively.

  • Adapted poses on the chair for Single, Double, Pair, Weighted, and Wheelchair Yoga.

  • Precautions for chair poses.

  • Breathing techniques.

  • Philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics.

  • Class sequencing and teaching techniques.

  • Extra modalities, including Acupressure, Reflexology, and Do-In Chinese Self Massage.

  • Practical tips for teaching chair yoga in healthcare, care homes, community, workplace, and other settings.


This course is certified by Yoga Alliance (USA) and Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) .

Schedule - Day 1 (Thursday 3 November)

  • Sitting Mountain

  • Yoga anatomy on the chair

  • Adapting poses

  • Balance poses

  • Warrior poses

  • Your personal asana

What you get & what it counts for

You will receive:

  • A printed copy of the Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Training Manual

  • Your LVCYT (Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher) certification and the know how to run your own chair yoga sessions with confidence

  • 32 hours CPD and 32 hours towards the 300 hour TTC

Course Trainers - Liz Oppedijk
(official LVCY  trainer and C-IAYT Yogatherapist)


Liz is co-founder of the social enterprise Accessible Chair Yoga CIC and a leading expert on chair yoga. She is passionate about bringing yoga to those who may not think yoga is for them, and has taught accessible and chair yoga to people with a wide range of abilities, including those with Parkinson’s, MS, stroke, cancer, dementia and learning disabilities.

Liz’s special interests are training a community of chair yoga teachers to bring yoga to care homes across the country and carrying out research into yoga’s effectiveness in the social care and healthcare sectors. She is a qualified yoga therapist and regularly lectures on chair and accessible

yoga, yoga for Parkinson’s and dementia, and yoga in care homes for The Minded Institute and other organisations.

Liz is an official Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga teacher trainer and a regular facilitator for Jivana Heyman’s Accessible Yoga training. She is co-authoring a book on chair yoga, due to be published by Shambhala Publications in 2023.

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