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Online Certifications

Designed by the Creator of Chair Yoga!

Welcome to the premier chair yoga certification. As a Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher (LVCYT), you will bring all the amazing benefits of yoga to those who, for whatever reason, cannot or do not want to get down on the floor.

There are two group sessions on Saturdays two weeks apart. Then, there is a 1-on-1 video call to get certified.

Next Online Certifications

Session 10/2024

October 19

8:00 AM Pacific Time

November 2

8:00 AM Pacific Time

Final 1-on-1 Session by 11/15/2024

Closes 09/21/2024

$795 (early bird $745 by 09/07)


Join our 2,500+ Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teachers!

Regardless of age, level of activity, or physical/mental challenges, your students will be able to practice yoga by taking your LVCY classes. They will achieve better fitness whether disabled or just too sedentary!

We have certified staff at the Mayo Clinic, Departments of Education, VA facilities, Dialysis Clinics, Cancer Support Centers, and senior housing facilities as well as MS (multiple sclerosis) and other such organizations.

Session 01/2025


8:00 AM Pacific Time


8:00 AM Pacific Time

Final 1-on-1 Session by TBD

Closes TBD

$795 (early bird $745 by TBD)

Chair Yoga Virtual Group Certification:
A transformational experience!

Our online teacher training: successful since 2011

This 30-hour chair yoga certification program includes:

  • 2 Virtual Group Certification sessions

  • 1-hour video call 1-on-1 with your instructor

  • 21 hours of self-study

  • Recordings of all sessions

  • Permanent access to training videos

  • 275-page teacher development manual

This chair yoga certification will add new dimensions to your teaching and/or caregiving.

You will learn how to adapt yoga poses to a chair—what Lakshmi calls the Chairasanas—and to teach chair yoga to everyone, no matter their Level of Flexibility (LoFs) or range of motion.

Levels of Flexibility—our unique proposition

LVCY poses are presented in multiple levels of flexibility so your students can adapt each pose to their personal needs. This includes accounting for varying degrees of flexibility in students’ upper and lower body as well as their right and left sides. This innovative fitness approach makes her chair yoga program suitable for all ages and all fitness levels.


The five forms of LVCY:

     • Single Chair Yoga
     • Double Chair Yoga (each student uses two chairs)
     • Pair Chair Yoga (work in pairs)
     • Weighted Chair Yoga (use weights for bone & muscle mass building)
     • Wheelchair Yoga


The Chairasanas for:

• Sun Salutation
• Moon Salutation
• Earth Salutation
• Warrior Sequence
• Balance Sequence
• many more yoga asanas and yoga-related postures


Additional Eastern disciplines and modalities such as:

     • Pa Tuan Chin 
     • Chinese Arthritis Relief Hand Movements 
     • Acupressure knee strengthening exercises 
     • Various breathing techniques for our meditation, relaxation, and asanas 
     • 7 Chakras and their meanings, colors, sounds, and affirmations 
     • 5 Yamas and 5 Niyamas 
     • Do-In Chinese Self Massage and Foot Reflexology



Deep breathing techniques are a key to reaching optimum health to help fully oxygenate your students’ bodies and massage their organs. This improves their energy and mental clarity while reducing pain and anxiety. Following the pranayama techniques, not only during chair yoga classes, but throughout daily life, significantly enhances health and well-being.



Relaxation techniques that will give your students added health benefits physically, mentally, and spiritually.



• Basic anatomy as it applies to chair yoga
• Introductions to outside study materials

You will receive:

  • 275-page illustrated Teacher Development Manual

  • Certificate stating you are a Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher

  • Access to various other online training materials

  • Continuing education units with Yoga Alliance

  • Ongoing support from Lakshmi and her over 2,000 certified teachers!!


This program has certified staff at the Mayo Clinic, NYC DOE, and multiple VA facilities.

Who becomes a Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher?

This chair yoga teacher training is open to yoga practitioners and yoga teachers and healthcare workers.

It is of special interest to:

  • PTs (physical therapists)

  • OTs (occupational therapists)

  • CSWs (clinical social workers)

  • RNs (registered nurses)

  • RTs (recreational therapists)

  • Speech therapists

  • Movement therapists

  • And other healthcare professionals including those working with seniors, children, those in wheelchairs, or anyone with physical or mental challenges that prevent them from practicing mat yoga.


For those with little or no yoga experience, we require that you have taken at least 15 hours of yoga classes from a certified yoga teacher.


Our results are impressive and will be for you as well.

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