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Chair Yoga 5 Day Module for Teachers & Professionals

Chair Yoga 5 Day Module for Teachers & Professionals

Richard Kravetz and Mary Mackie share their extensive knowledge and experience of using chairs and props for yoga. You will learn safe ways to invite people with chronic conditions and/or impaired mobility to move, affirm, and feel good. This course will provide you with new skills and creative ideas.

DATES: 4-6 October & 15-17 November 2019 (10am-5.30pm with 2pm start on Friday, 3pm finish on Sunday) 

AT: The Arc Centre, Isington, north London

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Sitting in a chair, standing with the aid of a chair or even dancing around the chair, Richard and Mary share their extensive experience and creativity to introduce safe ways to invite people with chronic conditions and/or impaired mobility to move, affirm, and feel good.

The maximum size of the group is 26 as we prefer small group training where everyone is involved and can share their experiences. Learn creative and fun ways to encourage those with limited mobility to explore their potential in becoming physically, emotionally and psychologically stronger, more able and more joyful. You will learn how to work with a variety of abilities, and those managing single or multiple ailments, dementia, sensory impairment and other age related issues.

Through adaptive yoga techniques. this course will provide you with new skills and find creative solutions to this areas of speciality. You can use this with your own family members or community, in care settings and specialised yoga classes.

Movement in the body can often shift perspective in the mind and mood so you will explore how yoga can be adapted for different conditions by reducing complicated manoeuvres with chairs, bolsters, blocks and cushions, and making movements simpler, user-friendly and pleasurable. Releasing and relaxing massage techniques, theoretical and practical solutions to a variety of situations will be included.

Topics covered include: Anatomy, Physiology, Safe therapeutic exercise, Use of breathing, Chanting, Yoga Nidra, Props and Adapting Postures for different conditions and ailments.


DATES HAVE CHANGED 2019 Dates: 4-6 October & 15-17 November (10am-5.30pm with 2pm start on Friday, 3pm finish on Sunday) 

Fees: The course fees are £550. Secure your place with a deposit £200 


You will also need to pay a separate £60 registration fee to gain your BWY certificate and become a BWY member if you are not already one.

Venue: The Arc Centre, 98b St Paul Street, London, N1 7DF (near Essex Road overground, Angel tube on the northern line)

Tutors: Richard Kravetz & Mary Mackie both trained with the BWY and between them have many years experience of teaching adaptive yoga. Mary is a Yoga therapist and an ex-nurse who teaches chair yoga day courses. She has been running BWY teacher training courses for many years and is on the faculty of the Yoga United Yoga Therapy 550 hour Training Course. Richard currently collaborates with Special Yoga in teaching Special Needs and is part of the BWY Gentle Years Yoga Training developing Chair Yoga programmes for both these populations. He also runs Chair yoga workshop days with Yoga United and Special Yoga Foundation.

Why this module? We feel that there is a need among qualified yoga teachers for some more specialised training and that this module will broaden the scope of our one day courses. It will increase the knowledge and practical skills of those yoga teachers who wish to offer a range of less-able groups an authentic yoga course in a suitably adapted way. The course will also allow students time and space to enhance their teaching under the mentor-ship of Richard and Mary by developing their own invaluable course plan to take away and a series of lessons for use in their own community.

Teaching methods: the input from the tutors will be lectures and talks with some power-point and video presentations; tutor-led discussions and tutor led practical skills teaching.  There will be peer group work both practical and theory-based.  There will also be some guests who are willing to share their personal experience of living with chronic conditions.  Students will be guided towards resources including special texts.

Level of experience for whom this course is intended: Qualified yoga teachers of at least 1 year post-grad or professionals with special interest in this field.

This is a BWY module. All participants will receive a Certificate of completion from The British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga United Education. To apply, please contact education@yogaunited.com  

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