Course: Gentle and Chair Yoga for Technology Workers with Sherry Zak Morris

Course Description

Computers, cell phones and tablets open up our world to new ideas, fun, education, business and community. However, the dark side of technology is the posture-breaking, static-holding and repetitive motions that can wreak havoc in our physical structures. No age is immune to these side effects of computer use. As Yoga Teachers, we undoubtedly will have students in our classes that are suffering from physical issues directly tied to their computer use.  Learning effective Gentle and Chair Yoga poses and sequences to bring relief to the computer worker is a must for  Yoga Teachers who teach group classes.

After this workshop you’ll understand

  • The Anatomy of the Computer Worker and how our bodies react and adapt when using our technology devices
  • Common postures of deskworkers and the physiological analysis of its affects on the body
  • Movement principles and recommended counter movements that are imperative to keep the body flexible and mobile
  • Gentle and Chair Yoga movements to take into your teaching to empower your students with knowledge and self-care tips.
  • How to find and work with companies in your community to offer Deskworker and/or Corporate Yoga classes

Optional: Validate you have demonstrated the Skill and Knowledge to teach a safe and effective class via online quizzes and in your final Corporate Yoga Teachback Class.

Course Outline

Module 1 Course Materials
Unit 1 Course Handout: Gentle and Chair Yoga for the Technology Worker
Unit 2 Video: Gentle and Chair Yoga for the Technology Worker
Unit 3 Deskworker Class - Cheat Sheet of Poses
Module 2 Test: Yoga for the Technology Worker
Unit 1 Test: Deep Dive - Technology Worker
Module 3 Video Library: Deskworker
Unit 1 Video: Sample Class – Deskworker Yoga Class
Unit 2 Video Library: Deskworker
Unit 3 Video: Hip Glide in a Chair or an a Mat
Unit 4 Get Certified to teach Corporate Yoga!
Module 4 Submit a Teachback Class to earn Yoga Therapy Credits
Unit 1 Teachback instructions

Course Materials

  • This workshop ends with a 30-minute Deskworker Chair Yoga class that incorporates the workshop concepts
  • Detailed 70+ page PDF Workshop Hand-out of all the poses and modifications we discuss.
  • Cheat Sheet Hand-out of Deskworker poses with thumbnails, descriptions and benefits

More Information

Sneak Preview

Yoga Teachers need to understand Anatomy because we are Movement Teachers!  Thus, the Anatomy of the Deskworker is important to understand before we can offer up Yoga poses and sequences that will help counteract the hours of stagnation and immobility a Deskworker experiences. This workshop ends with a 30-minute Deskworker Chair Yoga class that incorporates the workshop concepts as well as a detailed PDF Workshop Hand-out of all the poses and modifications we discuss.

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On the Full Corporate Yoga Teacher Certification Program

This workshop will give you a well-rounded perspective of the physical and mental issues experienced by people who work for long periods in static positions – and the Yoga poses and sequences that can help.  If this topic calls to you, you might want to consider the full Certification Program once you finish this workshop.  You can apply a credit of 20% towards the Corporate Yoga Teacher Training Program with a coupon code we will pass along to you upon completion of this workshop.

Testimonials

Kim Stabbe

Kim Stabbe

Fremont, Nebraska | United States

As always your programs and information are filled with great information and ideas. You wanted to know my feedback on how this differed from the Chair Program. It was more concentrated on the specifics of what is happening to desk workers and really anyone who sits at their job where posture and ergonomics are important. The anatomy information in the Chair Program was great and I felt that the anatomy information in the Corporate Yoga Program was then a good addition with specifics to the desk worker vs general chair yoga. It helped me know how to explain and teach more effectively to desk workers with the additional information I learned in the Corporate Yoga Program. The 2 Programs are great together in building my knowledge to offer yoga to more populations in need of yoga.


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Pam Hofer

Pam Hofer

Charlotte, North Carolina | United States

Wow! What a fantastic program! The information was comprehensive, easy to follow, and very relevant. Just what I was looking for! I’m so excited and feel very blessed to have the opportunity to share this knowledge with others, as so many people will find it very useful in their day-to-day lives. Your support and encouragement throughout was wonderful. Thank you for giving me another way to share the magic of Yoga! With Much Gratitude.


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Karen Naids

Karen Naids

Concord, Maine | United States

Thanks for all that you do!! You have changed my life, I quit my nursing job, I am teaching 2 classes, and possibly one more and I have started to take a course to become a yoga therapist. I could not have done this without your classes and your knowledge and support. Thanks to you and Justine!!


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Karen Naids

Karen Naids

Concord, Maine | United States

I am now teaching Gentle Yoga near Sarasota Ina country club with retired women and chair yoga at an assisted living. I am also seeing private clients and I love it!!!!! I Thx to your program I changed my career. I can never thank you enough!!!!


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Karen Naids

Karen Naids

Concord, Maine | United States

I just want to thank you so much again for all you have given me. Thanks to you starting with chair yoga certification, I went on to study yoga therapy with breathe deeply program. And nowI am in Florida and teaching gentle and chair yoga to women 60 and over. I also have three private clients. I can’t tell you how great the information is that have given me. The anatomy of aging body is amazing! I watch your videos over and over. Your programs are so thorough there is nothing else out there!! I’m just preparing for my class and looking over some of your videos and I’m so happy to have them as a resource. Thank you again both so much for everything!!. I don’t think people say thank you enough to other people so thank you again for bringing your knowledge to us! I no longer have to go back to nursing and I feel so good that although I’m not a nurse, I’m still helping people.


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Live Attendees: Deskworkers

High Tech Workers

WHAT WILL I DO DIFFERENTLY NOW THAT I KNOW?

“I use the techniques to stretch and move my body throughout the day hopefully preventing muscle/tendons/etc. issues.”

“I am aware of my posture when at my PC and correct it more often than before.”

“Improving my posture. Stretching regularly.”

“Sit Up More!”

“Constantly be more aware of my posture and work on breathing exercises.”

“I try and remember to stretch!”


Karen Naids

Karen Naids

Concord, Maine | United States

I wish you had more courses. I have now taken all of them. Except for gentle yoga because there is alot of overlap. I think you guys are awesome. You have changed my path in my life. I am not going back to my nursing job because of you. I have been trying to figure out what I love for so long. I am, and always will be a nurse and I am finding that people love that I am a nurse and have gotten a few classes because of it!! So, a million thanks again. I know you are sick of me praising you, but you and Sherry have really changed my life!! Thank you again!!!


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Smita Vyas

Smita Vyas

Santiago | Chile

One thing that I was not expecting from this Program was the effect that it was going to have on me — I benefited a great deal from doing the movements and felt the effects firsthand that my students will experience in my classes. Don’t go thinking that this won’t benefit regular practitioners — you’d be pleasantly surprised to find out just how wonderfully these movements complement an established asana practice. While my faith in online programs has been restored, it wouldn’t have been possible if there weren’t a team of people who not only are truly dedicated to helping others, but make sure that you as the student are learning and make sure to help you if you have any trouble. THANK YOU Sherry and the entire Yoga Vista team for sharing your valuable wisdom and for putting together such a comprehensive program. Definitely going to pursue the Chair Yoga Program next 🙂


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Clare McGinley

Currently Enrolled

I wanted to widen my experience and was really interested in all the anatomy and physiology on your site too. So I registered and undertook the Yoga for Corporate workers and worked my way through the course which I loved. I initially started writing because I was really interested in the Wheelchair Yoga course – and I am, but it has given me the courage to introduce myself and let you know that thousands of miles away there is someone who has learned so much from you, gets daily inspiration from your courage and spirit and lots of warmth and laughter too


Connie S., Fuquay, North Carolina, USA

Currently Enrolled

It is very interesting stuff and it all makes so much sense!! I think back through my career and maybe if I knew all this I wouldn’t have all the back issues that I have, who knows!! You did a great job on this! I can see the potential to bring this Series into Start-ups, HR Departments and Facility Departments who focus on ergonomics.


Live Attendees: Deskworkers

High Tech Workers

WHAT I LEARNED THAT I DIDN’T KNOW?

“The different ways you sit and how that plays into your spinal posture and long term effects. It was a great Yoga Refresher on a calmer, more protective way of doing Yoga that is nurturing. And I learned about Breathing the pace, the connection and value that breathing plays into a good stretch.”

” That your muscles hold all your bones in place. I learned different ways to meditate and the best lying position for your spine.”

“How things work in my Anatomy. I want to remember to practice this and I know I need to relax. I need to practice – more!”

“I learned about the specific small muscles that impact the rest of the body, and about breathing/meditation.”

“I learned a whole lot about muscles. I realized how enjoyable Yoga and that it is a real benefit. I learned about the Breathing right left nostril thing.”

“How to open up and breathe!”

“I didn’t know anything about Anatomy! I learned the Breathing Effects of breathing through left nostril vs. right nostril.”


Smita Vyas

Smita Vyas

Santiago | Chile

My experience with the Corporate Yoga program was incredible! I’ll admit that there was some apprehension when I was deciding to do it as it is 100% online — needless to say, this was my first time getting my feet wet with the world of online Yoga courses. After completing the program, let me tell you just how extremely pleased I am today with having made the right decision 🙂 Sherry and the Yoga Vista team will leave you feeling more confident, knowledgeable and prepared to teach in the corporate setting. Upon completing my initial program to become a certified Yoga teacher, I felt that I could have learned a LOT more about anatomy and didn’t quite know the best approach to working with students who have a limited range of motion/flexibility. Glad to report that I now look forward to having a diverse population of students to work with and KNOW that I can be there to properly help them in their Yoga journey.


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John Conroy

John Conroy

Ennis | Republic of Ireland

I am studying the Corporate Deskworker I must compliment you on such a fantastic course I am really enjoying it. It’s so interesting with lots of additional information I am now passing on to my students .


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Live Attendees: Deskworkers

High Tech Workers

WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE LECTURE/YOGA PRESENTATION SERIES?

“I liked that we were able to get a brief intro in the beginning of class to learn about what and why we were practicing in class and how it affects us everyday. ”

“There was so much to learn. It was much better than being fire hosed with everything all at once. Breaking it up into several sessions was a great idea.”

“Can’t wait to get Sherry’s videos and do these on a nightly basis at home.”

“The lecture helps me visualize what muscles I am working.”

“I liked all the explanation throughout the entire Series. So much new information I did not know about.”

“What she was teaching in lecture is what we focused on in the class. It tied it all together. “


Alejandro Ramirez

Alejandro Ramirez

Encinitas, California | United States

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 myriad 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!


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Workshop Attendees

Yoga Teachers

“Pertinent, energized presentation of LOTS of material in an understandable, ‘digestible’ manner. Especially appreciated thoughts about accessing your corporate wellness possibilities. Sherry, you absolutely walk your joyful talk.”

“Always fresh, creative and inspiring! This is such a relevant concern in today’s world. Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t present with tech based pain issues.”

“Loved it! Very thorough, fun, enjoyed the stretching exercises. Really appreciate the sample flyers to use for my own marketing.”

“So much useful information! This is such an important topic that is useful not just on a teaching level, but for family, friends and myself. It is always wonderful to practice while learning.”


Workshop Attendees

Yoga Teachers

“Fabulous presentation and info as ALWAYS. I really liked the focus on desk workers as I plan to offer Yoga to desk workers…..SOON! I SO appreciate the detail in the manual as I refer back to them again and again and again!”

“Sherry did an awesome job. I feel like I am confident to help technology age workers.”

“Very energetic and engaging. Content is SO applicable to weekly teaching, to personal life, to people to people I know.”


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Yoga Teachers

“Wonderful info on how to get into corporations. Clear explanations of the ramifications of repetitive postures at work.”

“Sherry is a fabulous presenter. Her enthusiasm and passion is infectious. The material presented was concise, sequential and extremely practical. I felt there were so many tips that I can immediately put into practice. Thank you!”

“Excellent information! I have a ‘bucket sitter’ student at home. I can’t wait to offer him exercises to help with head and neck tension and to stretch those tight hamstrings.”

“Loved all the ideas to bringing Yoga to the desk world… they need it so much!”