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The Minded Institute, in collaboration with Accessible Chair Yoga CIC, is pleased to announce the next dates for our popular IAYT Pathway CPD on Accessible Chair Yoga Teacher Training:

Please note that both courses need to be completed in order to receive full IAYT accreditation. Please read on for further details on each of the courses.

For those without a yoga teacher qualification, an 8-hour course on Basic Yoga Techniques must be taken as a prerequisite before joining the Accessible Chair Yoga CPD Pathway.

Part 1: Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher Training

Do you know people who would benefit from yoga but:

  • Cannot get down to (or up from) the floor due to age, disability, inflexibility, or injury?
  • Getting on the floor is impractical (while at work, travelling, etc.)?

Traditionally, these people have been unable to reap all 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 now in great demand, and this course provides all the competencies needed to teach safe and effective chair yoga to any required standards. This course also forms Part 1 of the IAYT Pathway CPD on Accessible Chair Yoga for Yoga Therapists.

Created in 1982, Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga (LVCY) has proven effective with teachers worldwide. Its special focus on ‘levels of flexibility’ provides teachers with the structure and confidence needed to adapt any pose 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, and offices as well as at home.

What the training will cover:

This comprehensive course takes a blended approach, combining group online learning, interactive partner and group work, self-study, and one-to-one online mentoring. The group online training takes place over three days, with self-study and assessments (practical and written) due after the weekend.

Course content includes:

  • How to adapt poses on the chair safely and effectively using the Lakshmi Voelker Method
  • 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, and other settings

Who the training is for and eligibility:

Yoga teachers, yoga therapists, healthcare professionals, exercise professionals, carers, and community workers may all follow this course. For those without a yoga teacher qualification, an 8-hour course on Basic Yoga Techniques must be taken as a prerequisite.


Liz Oppedijk 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 it is for them, and has taught accessible and chair yoga to people with a wide range of abilities, including those with Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke, cancer, and other conditions, as well as those with dementia or learning disabilities, and to 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 accessible and chair 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 has co-authoring a book on chair yoga, titled ‘Get Fit Where You Sit: A Guide to the Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Method‘, published by Shambhala Publications and out now, and it can be ordered from Amazon. Learn more about the book here.

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