Thu, 03 Nov


Saint Werburgh's

Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Training IN PERSON

This is a 32-hour Chair Yoga Training, recognised by Yoga Alliance. It uses a blended approach to the teaching; combining in-person, group learning, self-study, and one-to-one online mentoring. See more below.

Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Training IN PERSON

Time & Location

03 Nov, 09:30 – 05 Nov, 16:30

Saint Werburgh's, Horley Rd, St Werburgh's, Bristol BS2 9TJ, UK

About the Event

Chair Yoga Teacher Training: The Lakshmi Voelker Method

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.

What the training will cover:

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. 

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive your LVCYT (Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher)

certification and will be able to run your own chair yoga sessions with confidence. 

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

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.

Who the training is for and eligibility:

  • 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

About the teachers:

Liz Oppedijk

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, and other conditions, as well as those with dementia, learning

disabilities, and their carers.

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


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.

Stephanie Shanti Bosanko

Steph has been running yoga teacher trainings with focus on inclusivity and accessibility for 7 years and has been a yoga teacher for over 20. She also trains massage therapists. 

She specialises in beinging yoga where you are, geeks out in anatomy, subtle anatomy and the chakra system, and loves more than ever to bring yoga to the people who need it most, especially those who in some way do not feel welcome in modern yoga classes. 

Having been brought up in a residential care home, and with a background in nursing and care work, she is particularly interested in the far reach of chair yoga. 

She is a therapeutic yoga specialist having trained with Yoga Medicine. and offers down to earth teaching methods and light hearted humour. 

Details of the Training

Date: Thursday, 3 November – Saturday, 5 November 2022

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

In-person training in Bristol

Price: £525.00

Early bird price: £480.00.  Available until 3 October 2022: 

(Deposit and booking: £240 now and £240 one week before the training begins)

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  • Early Bird Deposit


    This is the early bird price of the course available until 3rd October 2022. Please pay half now and half the week before the course.






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