Lakshmi Voelker to Hold a Chair Yoga Teacher Training Certification at the New York Open Center March 7-10, 2013 Promoting Senior and Disabled Fitness

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

Lakshmi Voelker celebrating another chair yoga session.

Lakshmi enjoying chair yoga!

Lakshmi is one of the Open Center's most popular and beloved teachers. Her students experience her program as beautifully organized and presented, and overflowing with great information and inspiration.

Lakshmi Voelker and Tracey Eccleston will hold a Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga (LVCY) Teacher Training Certifications at the New York Open Center March 7-10, 2013.

This training is for yoga teachers and 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 certification, Lakshmi and Tracey train the participants to give a one-hour therapeutic chair yoga class with special emphasis on disabled and senior fitness. They teach how to individualize postures by adapting the postures 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 she terms Chairasanas – asana being Sanskrit for pose or posture).

Participants learn the four var iations of LVCY: Single Chair Yoga, Double Chair Yoga, Pair Chair Yoga, and Weighted Chair Yoga. 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 LVCY teacher training, 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 Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga, 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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