LIVE Chair Yoga Teacher Training and Certification Hybrid Program

Program Description

LIVE! and Online The Best of Both Worlds!

For those of you wanting to be a part of a real live community of like-minded Chair Yoga Teachers, this may be the Program option for you!

Our Online Training and Certification Programs were created to give you the convenience and efficiency of studying at home, at your own pace, while you pursue your advanced Specialty Yoga credentials.  With our LIVE! option, you have the convenience and benefits of studying at home AND gathering together with a tribe of Chair Yoga Teachers under the guidance of highly-qualified and specially-selected Yoga Vista Academy Certified Yoga Teacher and Mentors.

Learning Objectives

  • How to develop your own unique Chair Yoga sequences and classes that meet the specific needs of your Students
  • Learn proven Teaching Methodologies that provide a framework for safe and effective classes by observing, studying and analyzing photos and videos of real live Chair Yoga students
  • Learn therapeutic modifications and precautions for common conditions and issues in the aging population
  • Learn the Anatomy of Aging and how Yoga can be applied specifically to the 50+ Population Health Issues
  • Instill Confidence and Skills to empower you to teach Chair Yoga to Seniors and People with Limited Mobility
  • Validate you have demonstrated the Skill and Knowledge to teach a safe and effective class via online quizzes and tests and in your final Teachback Class

Already Enrolled in the Online Chair Yoga Program?

Want to Join in LIVE?

Have you already signed up and just can’t seem to get finished?  Join in the LIVE Mentor Program.  If the location and timeframe works for you, this might be your answer to Graduation!

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for more answers to the common questions we get about our Online Certification Programs.

Yes, you can Graduate and complete your Teachback Class by the end of this Program!

  • Best of both worlds – lifetime access to a bank of learning and creative ideas to inspire your Yoga classes.
  • A seasoned Mentor, with their own special skill set to motivate you to get over the finish line. Great if you find it hard to motivate yourself for online learning!
  • No note-taking! You have all of your learning at your fingertips at all times with the online course materials.
  • Practical coaching to build you into a confident and creative teacher.
  • Real-life community teaching and subbing opportunities with your Mentor teacher after graduation.

Training Materials

All Course materials included upon enrollment! Detailed and Illustrated  Downloadable Training Manual includes:

700+ Page Full Color Training Manual in Downloadable PDF format.

  • Anatomy and Physiology of each Condition
  • Causes and Symptoms of each common Conditions and Issues
  • Movement Guidelines – (do’s and don’ts)
  • Comprehensive Yoga Pose Library: Recommended Yoga Poses/Sequences (with modifications )
  • Learning Lab Video Vignettes: Yoga Pose video vignettes of each Yoga pose in the specific module.
  • Ongoing access to the Course material after graduation.

20 Hours of Live Instruction in a Group Setting

Onsite LIVE! Schedule per Location

Four Live Sessions: One Weekend a Month for 4 Sessions

  • Teach! Student teachers will have LIVE teaching time at every LIVE! breakout session
  • Discussions! Deep Dive Group Discussions on pertinent issues, conditions and injuries covered in the reading material.
  • Experiment! Learn how to use props, cues, factoids and student activities to make your classes more educational, safe and accessible.
  • Teachback Complete! You will complete your Final Teachback Chair Yoga class by the end of your 4 Live! Sessions.

Dunkirk, New York LIVE!

with Lynda Sandoval   Yoga Vista Academy  Certified Yoga Teacher

Location: Yoga Underground 3817 Lakeshore Drive East Dunkirk, NY 14048 303-904-0975

East Coast – Dunkirk, New York (Buffalo Area)

  • May 11, 2019
  • June 8, 2019
  • July 13, 2019
  • August 2019

(12:00 – 5:00 pm)

Chicago, Illinois LIVE!

with Jane Musgrave, C-IAYT Yoga Vista Academy Certified Yoga Teacher

Location: Ganesha Yoga 2054 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60618 773.904.7870
Midwest – Chicago, IL

  • July 14, 2019
  • August 18, 2019
  • September 30, 2019
  • November 10, 2019

(1:00 – 6:00pm)

Stamford, Connecticut LIVE!

with Viki Boyko Yoga Vista Academy Certified Yoga Teacher

Location: Stamford, CT 06903 203-570-4291
East Coast – Stamford, Connecticut

  • November 16, 2019
  • January 11, 2020
  • February 15, 2020
  • March 23, 2020


Longmont, Colorado LIVE!

with Corey Stiles, Yoga Vista Academy Certified Yoga Teacher

Location: Longmont, CO
Mountain – Denver area

  • September 14, 2019
  • October 12, 2019
  • November 9, 2019
  • December 7, 2019

Time: 11:00 – 4:00 pm

Sarasota Area, Florida LIVE!

with Gerry Hurtig, Yoga Vista Academy Certified Yoga Teacher

Location: Parrish, Florida
North Sarasota/Bradenton

  • August 3
  • September 14
  • October 26
  • December 7

Time: TBD

Haryana, India LIVE!

with Jyoti Nanda, Yoga Vista Academy Certified Yoga Teacher

Location: Gurgaon, India
International: India

  • August 10, 2019
  • September 21, 2019
  • November 2, 2019
  • December 14, 2019


60 Hours Online Self-Paced Training

Pre-Requisite: Available to Yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, senior fitness instructors and/or anyone interested in offering safe and effective movements and exercises for Seniors and the 50+ Demographic.

  • 60 hours of advanced Online  Chair Yoga Training.
    • Includes in depth Anatomy of Aging module for common conditions, issues and injuries with movement guidelines and Yoga modifications.
    • Reference material in chapter-format for easy study with knowledge checks along the way to ensure you are learning and applying teaching concepts.
    • Videos of full-length live chair yoga classes as well as short video vignettes that reinforce learning concepts.
  • Field Trip Report – Venture out into your community to observe and document Seniors postures, movement patterns and personal interactions.
  • 30-Minute final teachback with your Mentor Teacher to ensure you have embraced the key concepts of the course and can provide a safe and effective Chair Yoga class for Seniors.
  • Self-paced, self-study online. 
  • Ongoing access to the Course material after graduation.

Want to learn more?

This 15 minute presentation will tell you everything you need to know about the 60 hour Chair Yoga Training program where you can earn Yoga Alliance CEUs. Ready to start on the best journey of your life to help serve our Seniors?


Mary Helfeldt

Dunkirk, New York | United States

I’m enjoying the Live Mentoring Chair Yoga Training Program for many reasons:
1. We can get immediate answers to any questions. Also, as we practice with one another, we can ask specific questions pertaining to poses we are doing as we are doing them.

2. We can share ideas and learn from others. It is nice to meet people that are taking the class and building relationships with them over time. In addition, we can practice in front of people.

3. The sections are divided and manageable. Having a small test after each one is helpful because there is a lot of information to absorb. The coursework is set up for our success.

I feel like I am learning and have such an abundant assortment of resources. And of course, amazing teachers!

Chair Yoga Trained

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

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.

Chair Yoga CertifiedGentle Yoga Certified

Darlene Blackburn

Chicago, Illinois | United States

I am glad to say that the Live Mentoring Program was an asset. Those sessions were definitely a plus to be able to ask questions and receive constructive critiques. Jane was such an informative mentor and personal teacher, the sessions had a relaxed atmosphere just like when you are teaching your chair yoga classes which I still love watching. Thank You for a wonderful experience.

Chair Yoga Certified

Cathy Schaffer

Louisville, Kentucky | United States

This was a very valuable course and one I can keep referring to. It was an excellent experience working with Peggy, Nelda, Lauren, Kristi, and Moon. I learned something from everyone.

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

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

Heather Niznik Cullins

Chester, Virginia | United States

The way Viki helped us think of putting things together was really helpful. She is extremely knowledgeable! And it helps to have someone to connect with in a group and to be held accountable to to finish.

Chair Yoga Trained

Mary Helfeldt

Dunkirk, New York | United States

In my opinion, the live portion is extremely important. One reason being that questions can be answered which then can lead to additional questions and so on. Second, it is important to build relationships with real people. We spend so much time behind electronics that we forget how to really be with people who are also stepping outside of their comfort zone. It’s a great way to learn from one another and provide support. And of course, the teach back…. practicing in front of real people throughout the course helps to prepare for the teach back. When we teach, it is In front of real people. Lastly, it makes the experience meaningful. People make it something to remember. I highly recommend keeping and moving forward with the hybrid training.

Chair Yoga Trained

Moon Price

Eastport, Michigan | United States

The chair yoga training course was informative, easy to follow and well organized. The continual updates are so helpful to give our students new information and keep our classes fresh and fun. Sherry has a special way of making movement joyful and challenging. Our 4 times with our mentors helped us share new ideas and experiences.

Chair Yoga Trained

Moon Price

Eastport, Michigan | United States

It’s been an incredible journey. Loved the way new information formatted. Great videos, meeting new teachers, becoming friends ,exploring new ways to help seniors live better. Sherry and Justine made the course easy and fun while learning. Looking forward to my last get together in 10 days.

Chair Yoga Trained

Diane Zarzecki

Syracuse, New York | United States

I’m so excited!! I love, love, loved the in-person training. All participants were positive and energizing. Lynda is amazing; she shared so much valuable insight from her experience. I’m getting so much out of the manual and online training, but I personally would probably never complete it without the energizing and sharing quality of the live training segment. The live segment also gives me reasonable deadlines.

Chair Yoga Certified

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.

Chair Yoga Trained

Laure Liverman

Boulder, Colorado | United States

I loved this program. It was above and beyond my expectations. The icing on the cake… what really tied it together for me, helping me stay on course and and gain the confidence to teach, was the mentorship program. I don’t think I would have done as nearly a good job on my teachback nor felt the confidence that I do (even if it’s at the sappling level ) if it hadn’t been for this part of the program and Corey.

Corey helped us build our skills and confidence session by session in a safe and affirming way, offering great feedback and sharing her wisdom as well. I feel blessed to have her as my mentor. Having a cohort of other students was also important aspect of the program. It gave me a sense of having a community in which to grow and develop as a teacher, and I really appreciated being able to learn from and share with the other students.

Chair Yoga Certified

Lauren Hunt

Ann Arbor, Michigan | United States

I loved the combined live mentoring program. I needed the structure of having a deadline every month to get through the material, and having a community of people to connect with and talk about the course and practice was really awesome. I don’t think I could have completed the course or got as much out of it otherwise. Peggy and all the women in the course were great. It was awesome getting to meet Sherry!

Chair Yoga Certified

Elizabeth Richmond

Gurnee, Illinois | United States

I have loved the training and look forward to feedback from both you and Jane. Someday I hope to get out your way and would love to take a class with you. I am tickled to share with you that since retiring I am now teaching 4 classes a week! I teach chair at State of Mind Yoga on Fridays, I also teach basics there on Monday nights, and a basic class at a very posh retirement center, where they are eager to bring chair yoga back. On Saturdays, I teach a basic at the park district in a nearby town. I could not be happier and owe so much of my success to you and Jane and all my other teachers along the way and to come.

Chair Yoga Certified

Arupam Laumas

Stamford, Connecticut | United States

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

Chair Yoga Certified

Mary Q., Maryland, USA

Currently Enrolled

What a powerful experience so far! I love the online training—so comprehensive! And Jane (the Live Mentor Teacher) is marvelous—I wish I lived in Chicago so I could practice at her studio. I have had some pretty disappointing experiences with yoga training, but you are restoring my faith! Thank you!