Lakshmi Voelker to Hold a Chair Yoga Certification at the New York Open Center August 20-23 Highlighting Disabled and Senior Fitness

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Lakshmi Voelker and co-director, Tracey Eccleston, will conduct a 25 hour Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher Certification at New York Open Center, New York, NY. This program prepares participants to teach one hour classes with an emphasis on disabled and senior fitness.

Lakshmi Voelker celebrating another chair yoga session.

Lakshmi enjoying chair yoga!

We love having Lakshmi at NY Open Center. She always has a great turn-out and the course is beautifully designed and masterfully taught.

Lakshmi Voelker will be holding one of her Chair Yoga Certifications at the New York Open Center August 20-23, 2103.

This training is for yoga teachers, yoga practitioners, and healthcare and fitness professionals who are interested in senior fitness, disabled fitness, and exercise for anyone who, for whatever reason, cannot do regular exercise.

In this program, Lakshmi and her co-director, Tracey Eccleston, train the participants to give a one-hour therapeutic class with special emphasis on disabled and senior fitness. They teach how to individualize postures by adapting them to differing levels of flexibility. These levels of flexibility make this program unique in chair yoga.

Most importantly, participants come away with the skill to adapt any yoga mat pose to the chair with the varying levels of flexibility (what Lakshmi terms Chairasanas – asana being Sanskrit for pose or posture).

Participants learn the four variations of Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga (LVCY): Single, Double, Pair, and Weighted. The last is targeted at building bone and muscle mass by using 1-3 pound dumbbells during Chairasanas. This addresses a major fitness issue of sedentary people such as seniors, the disabled, the overweight, and all of us that just sit too much.

Among the Chairasanas participants learn are the sun salutation, the moon salutation, the earth salutation, the warrior series, and classical balance postures. They receive an anatomy overview and a review of the contraindications & precautions for seated poses. In addition, other Eastern modalities are covered.

Program participants receive a 200-plus page illustrated manual, LVCY DVD, a certification for 25 hours of teacher training in LVCY, and a listing on Lakshmi’s website to generate leads for LVCY teachers.

Lakshmi Voelker, E-RYT 500, YA, IAYT, has over 40 years in the fitness industry. She created Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga in 1982. Creator of the DVD Get Fit Where You Sit and the CD Sitting Mountain Series, she has certified more than 800 teachers nationally and internationally, including health-care professionals at the Mayo Clinic and the New York City Department of Education. She does live certifications all around the United States. She also offers Online Teacher Training over Skype. For more information on all her certification programs, click here —

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