Justine and I read alot about health, wellness, aging, Yoga and especially senior health. We often are sending each other articles and links about some interesting news or tidbits and asking each other what we think. It could be anything from some medical research study, an anatomy concept or some new healing approach to an […]
The courageous and the lonely. That is what I see in the beautiful people at the various Senior Care facilities where I teach Chair Yoga. Almost all of them are in wheelchairs with some kind of physical or mental limitation. I would say half are stroke survivors and the others have age-related conditions. Unfortunately, I […]
I had conversations with six different Yoga teachers this week. From Michigan and Indianapolis, to N. Carolina and Arizona and two fairly local to where I live in California. All of us are in the age range between 50 and 70. And what amazed me about these individual conversations is that we all are carving […]
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Hegulka S., New York, New York, USA
The workshop was great, and Viki was terrific. I didn’t know stopping your pee mid stream was problematic. I remember my OBGYN and an instructor in another training talking about stopping your pee as an example of kegels. I liked how Viki structured the workshop, going from broad strokes to fine lines. Talking about what the pelvic floor is, why it’s important, and how to train it held my attention and made the information digestible. Viki’s use of props, such as the pelvic floor muscles made of felt, the bag of oranges, and the buttons, was brilliant. This combined with her sense of humor and humility made the workshop accessible and memorable. Thank you for offering this workshop.
I enjoyed the Anatomy Module. I knew a lot of the basic anatomy already, but I really appreciated tying that to the problems that Seniors have and then showing why certain poses helped with these problems. It is great to have all of this in a coherent, organized form. I will refer back to these chapters when I plan my lessons. Thank you for the user-friendly curriculum. I look forward to the rest of the course.
Barbara Hamilton, Danville, Pennyslvania, USA
I learned a lot! So many great ideas to share with the nursing home residents I’ll be working with! Several great tips – especially about the music. I hadn’t even thought about them not being able to hear me over the music. And I love the names of some of the poses — makes it fun! For example, “Monkey” is just adorable…and something I am sure they will relate to! Thank you so much. Great course!
Emi Hanamizu, Hawaii, USA
I completed the posture project for the 50+ this morning!!! I love to watch your videos which are very easy to listen and understand. You inspire me with so many ideas and I’m very excited to prepare my one hour class incorporating hula motion since I live in Hawaii.
Jane Musgrave, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Great Stuff! The content is world class, and I loved the option to read and watch the video at the same time. Super organized and easy to follow. The sections build on one another nicely. Definitely felt like a good value. Super glad that I can go back and watch the videos whenever I want to. That is a huge selling point.
Bill Miller, Wausau, Wisconsin
Justine has a down-to-Earth approach to passing her wisdom on to others. Her language is simple and direct and her humor frequently erupts, making learning less a chore and more something to look forward to. The use of videos enhances the class, especially because the videos, for the most part, are those of Justine’s presentation to a class of students. Something that I appreciated was her use of a skeletal model of the spine and of the pelvis. I have incorporated much of what I have learned from Justine into my own yoga classes, taught primarily to older adults. I am a more knowledgeable and more insightful teacher as a result. I high recommend this course for yoga teachers who want to vastly expand their knowledge of proper low back care when teaching a yoga class.
Alejandro Ramirez, Encinitas, California, USA
A very comprehensive and educational program. Sherry beautifully put together, and covered the most common problems desk workers face (from physical pains to mental stressors) and shared great insight on how we can positively impact these issues to promote wellbeing through a miriad of therapeutic-yoga approaches. If you are serious about teaching yoga and reaching out to the corporate desk worker world you should definitely check this program out!
Lucy Valente, Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA
The Anatomy of Aging module was fantastic. The anatomical details presented were sufficient for a yoga teacher purposes organized in an understandable and informative format. Insight was given into movement, conditions, injuries and modifications that exceeded my expectations. The self-paced study allowed me to progress at my own rate. The tests, teach back and assignments were terrific learning tools. Overall the organization of the course was an excellent way of presenting a large amount of material.
I would recommend this course to every yoga teacher whether or not your interest is in Chair or Gentle yoga.
Lucy Valente, Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA
I am so grateful to you for all your support.
Coming from a career in education I know that your course presentation and organization was a perfect way to learn all that material. I most appreciate access to the video library and use it often. I am now teaching chair in an assisted living community and a gentle class at a studio…..One more thing……..You were SO RIGHT about the nursing home population. Everything you said was true-EVERYTHING.
M.J., Chair Yoga Student Teacher
How can I offer help to others when I still can’t help myself? I think I just made a very large step forward………. I’m talking right now at this very moment as I typed the words “how can I help others when I can’t help myself”. Thank you Viki for contacting me today with your encouraging thoughts. It prompted me to reach out to you to explain why I’m off track in my course. In doing so my heart and mind just became full of enlightenment and emotion’s.
Lee Terryberry, Round Hill, Virginia, USA
My community has fallen in love with chair yoga because of you and your amazing team!
Josee Madison, South Carolina, USA
I just loved how thorough the anatomy part was and also the videos included in the material. I’m a visual person and it was so cool to see an actual class and a description of a sequence or pose video-style. I love your team! James, Justine and others. Really such a great group of professionals. So well done. Both you and Justice were such a hoot to watch. Really showing your true selves and it made me feel like I was already part of the Yoga family without even having met you. Very welcoming presentations. Thank you for this amazing course!!
Lisa Apeltauer, Frankston South Victoria, Australia
I have learnt so much from doing your Chair Yoga online course, I have been a teacher for 5 yrs now and a student for over 22yrs and I learnt so much than I did in my main teacher training, I would encourage anyone that is interested in teaching not just seniors but any form of chair yoga to invest in this amazing course. A friend asked me why did I choose Yoga Vista Academy and my answer was easy , I felt like Sherry and I taught along the same path , I like to think I teach from my heart and allow people to shine in their own light and that’s how I experienced doing my training during this amazing course. Absolutely LOVED the whole course, thank you for the experience and sharing your love of yoga with me.
Joanne Puglia, Florida, USA
I want to let you know that I think Victoria is wonderful. I feel her energy through the screen. She is a motivator for sure.
Suzi Mahler, Santa Cruz, California, USA
It hit home just how much posture is correlated with pain and discomfort. I always thought, “what’s the big deal? Just stand up straight!”.Now that I’m a senior I have so much more compassion and I’m getting a taste of what my students are experiencing! The students find relief with regular practice with emphasis on awareness and alignment and that in itself is huge. Love your program. I have been inspired the whole way through. I am so thankful.
Dana Thiele, Rabun Gap, Georgia, USA
I really like the way the course is designed. Taking the a test after each section is brilliant! I have three notebooks full of information that you guys provided throughout the course. Wonderful to have to refer back to. Having access to the teaching videos is something that I take advantage of on a regular basis. A chair yoga teacher who attends my gentle yoga classes when in my area, is so impressed with what I have learned is going to take the chair yoga course you offer.
Dana Thiele, Rabun Gap, Georgia, USA
Now having a different perspective after breaking my wrist, I began to investigate chair yoga online. I found Yoga Vista Academy, Sherry Zak Morris and Justine Shelton. Making the decision to sign up for Chair Yoga Certification has been life changing for me and my husband! I have learned so much about the anatomy of seniors, [which I am One], and how chair yoga can help seniors become more mobile through strengthening their bones and muscles and stretching the fascia through movement and staying hydrated. I am very grateful to you, Sherry and to Justine!
I am so grateful to be a part of this yoga community! I have learned so much about anatomy, thanks to you and Justine. I really like the way the course is designed. Taking the a test after each section is brilliant! I have three notebooks full of information that you guys provided throughout the course. Wonderful to have to refer back to. Having access to the teaching videos is something that I take advantage of on a regular basis.
Donna Wasneski, Grand Junction, Colorado, USA
My gentle class has doubled in size, I had 29 last week!
Lee Terryberry, Round Hill, Virginia USA
I had no idea how successful my chair yoga classes would be! I started a class in January as a volunteer at our senior center. From that I have grown exponentially via word of mouth. I am now teaching 6 classes a week, and am being asked to do more.
Thank you from the center of my heart for your patience and kindness. I am SO grateful that you, your amazing team, and chair yoga has come into my life!! I hear from my students how they have benefited from their practice of chair yoga. Classes are full, fun, and flexible.
Karen Roberts, Australia
I love learning about the ‘mechanics’ of problems we may have and her course gave me lots of easily understood new information . EG location of vestibular system (thought it was more inside the head), that vertigo can sometimes be cured, stamping/marching after uttanasana,