FastTrack Mentor Program


The number one question we get about our Certification programs is …
“Is there a timeframe to start and a deadline to complete?”

Our online courses, workshops and certification programs were created to fit into your life! That means they are self-paced… start, stop, begin again. Take 2 months or two years! Remember the process of learning should not be rushed. Breathe, enjoy, embrace! But, if you want to “Get ‘er Done!”, then you might want to consider our FastTrack Mentor Program.


Our FastTrack Mentor Program is a one-on-one relationship with an Academy-Certified Yoga Teacher who will assist you in completing your Online certification in a virtual group setting. Our goal is to empower you with structure, support and accountability to put you on the FAST TRACK to completion of the course within six months. You will be on a virtual team with other teachers so that you can support each other towards your common goal!

You will be given the tools and guidance you need to successfully finish the course with the help of your Mentor. Your Mentor will help hold you accountable to yourself and your goals of completion.


Open to anyone who is currently enrolled in our Online Yoga Teacher Training and Certification Programs! (Get ‘er done!)

Next FastTrack Mentor Program starts June 15, 2019

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Get Connected with other Gentle, Senior and Chair Yoga Teachers from around the World!

Online FastTrack Mentor Programs help you Graduate by November 15, 2019

Benefits of the Mentor – Teacher Program

  • Complete course within 5-6 months
  • Feel connected to a community of Yoga Teachers that share your passion
  • Receive encouragement, support when you get stuck or off track
  • Access to Academy Staff and Teachers
  • Discuss challenges and/or brainstorm ideas in your Checkin Sessions


  • Course Syllabus with suggested monthly assignments and homework to help you reach your completion goal!
  • Bi-weekly (every two weeks) check in
  • Email access to your Mentor
  • Private Facebook Group page
  • Coursework Tips and Strategies
  • Final Teachback guidance and preparation tips
  • Kickoff group conference call
  • Access to the “Ask the Expert” Academy resource


Pittas – goal-setters and over-achievers who want to set a date for completion so you are motivated forward.
Vatas – those easily distracted by creative ideas and a variety of life events who may need more structure and accountability around your coursework
Kaphas – who are slow, thoughtful movers may need some help to “light a fire of motivation” toward completion of the course.

Mentor for the Chair Yoga & Gentle Yoga Programs

Meet Karen Langevin, Your Mentor Teacher

Karen is a Tri-Certified Yoga Vista Academy Teacher (Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Yoga for the Low Back). She lives in Canada and is recently retired and has lots of time to help you navigate through and complete your Online Yoga Training Programs!


Corey Stiles

Thornton, Colorado | United States

I’ve been a life coach for nearly 20 years. The mentoring through YVA is among the most rewarding coaching I’ve ever done. It’s incredibly inspiring to encourage aspiring chair yoga teachers to help them discover the strength, the creativity and the confidence of the teacher voice inside. The mentor program in combination with the online course provide a solid structure that delivers strong, capable teachers.

Chair Yoga Certified

Rebecca Layne

Incline Village, Nevada | United States

I want to thank you for offering the mentoring program. I don’t know if I ever would have finished my program without the motivation, deadlines, and help offered in the program. I’m going to start by offering free classes at some of the homes and senior centers until I feel comfortable with this population.

Chair Yoga Certified

Deb Mix

Wenonah, New Jersey | United States

I had my doubts last winter if I could make it through with everything going on in my life but I will say with no doubt that you inspired me, Corey, to finish. After you helped me with the timing and schedule I was re-energized.

Chair Yoga Certified

Elizabeth Richmond

Gurnee, Illinois | United States

I can’t say how much I have enjoyed this training and how grateful I am for the impact it has had on my teaching. I look forward to my teach back with Jane and my fellow yogis this Sunday. I hope my assignment brings a smile to your face, your imprint and enthusiasm enabled me to have fun as I created real world options for all of us that go to the market and slump our way up and down the aisles. No more, the cart is an effective prop now. Chair yoga is totally portable!

Chair Yoga Certified

Susan Rowan

Richmond Hill, Ontario | Canada

The mentoring program was truly a stroke of genius. I doubt I would have finished the course without it. The idea of online courses is great but personally I love live, in person learning (probably a factor of age!) The online learning is dry and isolating so the mentoring gave it back the human connection that was so special.

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Vicki Lynch

San Marcos, California | United States

I truly found the Chair Yoga Program to be beyond informative. You offer SO many resources to the student. I loved that a mentoring program was offered, studying at your own pace, yoga videos, modules, and “spot on” yoga lessons. I learned so much regarding anatomy and the aging of our bodies and how to correct and decrease pain. I liked the emphasis on how to cue and speaking loud and clearly. Honestly, I would highly recommend this training to any one that wants to incorporate these important subjects. For me personally, I have become a better version of myself.

Chair Yoga Certified

Monika Schweizer

Männedorf | Switzerland

THANK YOU for your wunderful email! I feel loved, energised, vital and I’m on my flow IN TO ME!!!

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Lynda Sandoval

Fredonia, New York | United States

But even after enrolling in the course, the task seemed daunting. Enter Corey Stiles, professional mentor extraordinaire and all around amazing woman. Because of her and Sherry’s unwavering positive encouragement during the Fast Track Mentor Program, never giving up on me, even when I gave up on myself for awhile, I was not only able to complete the course, I developed a level of confidence with designing classes and teaching seniors that I truly hadn’t expected.

Chair Yoga Certified

Diane Zarzecki

Syracuse, New York | United States

I would highly recommend the Live! program to any aspiring chair yoga teacher, or to any yoga teacher who wants to add chair classes to his/her repertoire. I found the line on the cover of your Teaching and Certification Training Manual to be true: I have indeed been empowered with knowledge, skills and confidence! For me, the live element was key to my decision to do this training. I know from experience that I don’t finish most of the online learning I begin. Lynda is a fantastic teacher with much to share. In addition, I know that I learned a great deal from the other student teachers in our live group. My experience was more than worth my 6 hour round-trip commute.

Chair Yoga Certified

Gerry Hurtig

Parrish, Florida | United States

I am so very happy and honored to be a part of Yoga Vista Academy and to be able to help others along their journey. I certainly would not have guessed when I first starting following the two of you and then taking classes thru certifications that I am doing what I am doing now… being an Academy Mentor Teacher!

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Monika Schweizer

Männedorf | Switzerland

I learned so much from Sherry Zak Morris and her Yoga Vista Academy team during the six-month online Mentor Chair Yoga Program! The most impressive results for me are: I have more participants in my classes – my energy is in the flow! I used to get very tired after the sessions. Now I’m filled with energy, love and grace which the students give me back!

The Videos and Online Modules are very exciting; you learn Yoga poses and anatomy from a different perspective. Yes, and I found out that I’m an entertainer! We laugh and giggle a lot more during Chair Yoga! Thank you Sherry Zak Morris, Corey Stiles and Justine Shelton!

Namaste from Switzerland

Chair Yoga Trained

Serene Silverman

Las Vegas, Nevada | United States

I have been so blessed to learn about Sherry Zak Morris and Vista Yoga Academy with the online curriculum for Chair Yoga certification! She is a phenomenal teacher and explains everything clearly and with joy and a great positive attitude, which is contagious!!! Also, the mentoring of Josee Madison has been such encouragement to grow, improve in my knowledge of the human body and how to help hurting people. Sherry’s online teaching program for Chair Yoga is complete, detailed and thorough! I have confidence, through her knowledge and detailed understanding of the body, to be able to help so many hurting people and give them Hope! Kudos to Josee and Sherry for all you do! Thank you for your patience in helping me do my best!

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Tami Malin

Webster, New York | United States

I am thrilled I took this program! Your On-Line Program was so informative and I have learned so much. The addition of upgrading this program to the “LIVE” option including a qualified/seasoned Yoga Teacher and Location to support, encourage, and educate me made this opportunity complete. Not being a 200 hour, I had my reservations on whether I would be able to complete this program with a successful Teachback. I know I could have not succeeded at the level I did with out the compassionate and honest feedback and support of my Mentor Teacher, Lynda! She watched me come into the program like a deer in headlights and with gentle but firm direction, she never gave me the feeling that I do no less than succeed if this is what I wanted.

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Josee Madison

Columbia, South Carolina | United States

I really enjoyed taking part of the Yoga Vista Mentor Program. Not only was I helping adding teachers to our Gentle and Chair Yoga Community, I was also growing myself by going back into my books and refreshing my memory and knowledge of this amazing course. I would definitely do it again.

Gentle Yoga Certified

Anne Merrill

North Monmouth, Maine | United States

I would definitely recommend to other students what a fine mentoring program you have. I still remember the day I received Sherry’s email regarding the program and how I could join in. As you could probably tell, I really needed the motivational perks to keep me on task and get it done! Phew!!

Chair Yoga Certified

Betty Wills

Laramie, Wyoming | United States

While I got a lot out of the traditional online course, I kind of got hung up in the anatomy portion and the online mentoring program with Viki Boyko got me past that hurdle. The Teachback video was really hard for me to contemplate, and I’m not sure I would have gotten past that without Corey’s Live Mentoring class. Corey was fabulously supportive and also gave me a lot of ideas and a network of chair yoga instructors to work with.

Overall, the course taught me a lot – the fact that it took me a year and a half to finish might have had something to do with it! But, I do feel extraordinarily prepared to go out and teach!

Chair Yoga Certified

M.J., Chair Yoga Student Teacher

Currently Enrolled

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.

Renay Bayer

Chicago, Illinois | United States

Your occasional personal emails were great for staying motivated and finishing the course. If you didn’t send me that final email checking in to see how I was and letting me know how close I was to finishing (just needed the final teach back), I would still have it hanging over my head. Your personal touch made it much more than an impersonal online course for yoga.

Chair Yoga Certified

Joanne Puglia

Indian Harbour Beach, Florida | United States

I want to let you know that I think Victoria (Viki) is wonderful. I feel her energy through the screen. She is a motivator for sure.

Chair Yoga Certified

Karen Wexler

Delray Beach, Florida | United States

I am so very glad I decided to sign up for the mentorship program. It made a huge difference in my progress in the program. The Mentoring program was VERY helpful! I do like to work on my own, and I thought I would easily be able to do that as I have before with other online (unrelated) courses. But as I noticed myself letting “life” get in the way of my keeping up my pace, and the offer for the Mentorship program was so affordable it made it a no brainer to give it a try.

I got a lot of value from the conference calls and sharing with the others in the group. It gave the experience a much more connected and personal feeling to speak with others going through the same process. Gerry was very helpful of course by being there but not being too much. He was there to help and guide, and was there as much or as little as needed. I appreciated the weekly encouragements via our Facebook group.

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Suzanne Gifford, Cary, North Carolina, USA

Yoga Vista Academy Certified Gentle Yoga Teacher

I enjoyed working with Gerry. He is probably one of the most positive minded people I have ever met. 🙂 He made himself available via phone & email. He was our greatest cheerleader in the Facebook group, always offering encouragement. I would encourage any student who needs that extra bit of encouragement or motivation to use the Mentor Program. Sometimes doing a course online can be lonely. Having the Mentor and the group, really helps to bring the students together. The Facebook Mentor group were also very encouraging and helpful with their support and ideas. We all wanted each other to succeed.

Marilyn M., Crotonville, New York, USA

Yoga Teacher

Thank you so much for your amazing feedback and suggestions!!! You have no idea how happy I am right now. Your positive and encouraging words give me the confidence to move forward with my teachback class. This course has exceeded my expectations. It is so informative and wonderful. I have learned so much. Thank you both, for the inspiration.

Gerry Hurtig

Parrish, Florida | United States

I never imagined that I would someday be a mentor to such a dedicated group of students who share a desire to help our seniors. I have been able to use this unique opportunity to share my knowledge, experience and passion for yoga in a new way. Getting to know everyone and seeing their excitement as they grow in their own personal yoga journey thru this program has been thrilling and such an honor.

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Arupam Laumas

Stamford, Connecticut | United States

Viki is a great mentor, very supportive and thorough and creative in her teaching.

Chair Yoga Certified

Karen Langevin

Summerside, Prince Edward Island | Canada

I must say that the material, videos and various teaching methods were fantastic. I did not know what to expect in an online course but I feel that I learned more than the face to face format as I was able to control the pace, access the information any time and remain focused. I loved the mentoring and coaching offered by Corey as it kept me interested and I was able to connect with others who were experiencing the program at the same time. I also enjoyed receiving your newsletters and Corey’s cheerful e-mails which brought so much fun to the program.

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Beverly Davis-Baird

Little Silver, New Jersey | United States

Gerry, I appreciate your weekly “Gerry Hugs” as well as your guidance in making my video. It was the scariest part of the course for me, and your guidance made it much easier.

Low Back Certified

Jane Waterman

Ladysmith | Canada

Corey is a treasure – I am SO glad to have had her support in this journey. Thanks to her encouragement, I am through the final exam. I just need to spend more time watching videos and continuing to build on what I’ve already done, and in the next month or so, I can record my teachback. I already know what I will be writing for my field assignment, based on two friends in my class.

Chair Yoga Certified

Vicky Welch

Durham, North Carolina | United States

Thanks so much for everything. You don’t know what this program has done for my self confidence. I am so motivated working with the seniors and I just keep learning more. My gratitude also to Justine and Viki for all of their cheerleading and kind words.

Chair Yoga Certified

Karen Langevin

Summerside, Prince Edward Island | Canada

I am so grateful to all of you. Gerry has been an exceptional mentor.

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Karen Langevin

Summerside, Prince Edward Island | Canada

Hey Gerry, I was looking back at the 25 + e-mails from you and want to say that I truly appreciated your encouraging words and advice. You kept me on task and that’s what Vata Karen needs :-).

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Judy Rycombel

Inverness, Illinois | United States

I do love the course materials, You Tubes, newsletters, etc. but somehow I became, in Corey’s nice word, “stalled.” A few days after Corey emailed me, I finished the section on the spine and took the tests. Thank you for creating the mentor/cheerleader position. I feel I’m not alone now.

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Linda Sala

White Plains, New York | United States

The live mentoring component was invaluable. Viki is a highly skilled and effective instructor. She is extremely competent, and has a way about her that makes learning easy and fun. I found that her personal interaction with us was key to engagement in the program. In addition, Viki went above and beyond. She was extremely welcoming and supportive. She established relationships with the individuals in the class. She reached out to us with information, reminders, and follow ups. What was perhaps the most helpful, was Viki’s willingness to have us observe and participate in her chair yoga classes. Observing her teach provided an entirely different learning experience. For me, that was the most valuable learning lesson of them all.

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Katie Brandes

Orlando, Florida | United States

You’ve been a terrific motivator. Probably the best there ever was 🙂

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Lisa Johansson

Peterborough, Ontario | Canada

Corey was an excellent mentor, even though I didn’t use her to full advantage! Just knowing that someone was there and keeping touch was great motivation to continue on. She quickly recognized where I was at and let me do my thing my way! Invaluable!!!

Chair Yoga Certified

Linda Sala

White Plains, New York | United States

I just wanted to extend my thanks. I couldn’t have done this without Viki’s support! She is an extremely skilled teacher and a delightful, kind person.

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Nelda Eserin

Cincinnati, Ohio | United States

Gerry Hurtig is a real jewel! He is a great motivator and support for getting on with the plan. This is such a wonderful course you have put together!

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