20-hour Instructor Training
Online Learning Center
Live Video Training
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Chair/Senior Holy Yoga provides an opportunity for people with various needs to experience the incredible benefits of Holy Yoga class through physical worship, breath, and meditation.
In this 20-hour training, you will learn about some of the physical conditions that affect many individuals including range of motion exercises, getting up and down from floor/chair, yoga poses, working with special populations, and how to add resistance training and props into a practice. You will also learn to adapt many common yoga poses in order to provide a beautiful yoga experience for your students as they experience the love of God. The class meets for four 2-hour webinar sessions and includes additional home study, reading assignments, at-home video instruction, and a teaching practicum.
I became a Holy Yoga instructor because yoga, particularly Holy Yoga, saved me when I was overwhelmed by my son’s addiction to heroin. Although I really thought God was calling me to teach other moms, when I returned home from Williams I followed God’s direction to contact the only inpatient drug rehab facility within 75 miles of my home. Within a few short weeks I was teaching at the rehab and it has truly been the most fulfilling, amazing experience. I soon discovered that 99% of my classes had never done yoga and were in very poor physical shape. Many of the class members had artificial implants or replacement joints, and a lot were completely incapable of getting down on the floor. When I met a young man who told me he couldn’t get on the floor because, years ago, a policeman had crushed his spine by stepping on his back to pin him to the ground (he was 12) during an altercation in the neighborhood, I knew I wanted to reach him and everyone who was suffering. And so, I became certified in Chair Yoga.
At this point, the rehab facility has not been able to convince the insurance companies to reimburse for a uniquely Chair Yoga class, so I incorporate what I have learned from Holy Yoga in my regular classes. I love watching the people who think they are going to”just chill” in their chair actually participate. And at the end of every single class no less than five people approach me to tell me how good they feel, how important the class is to them, and to get information about classes they can take once they are discharged.Heidi McNeeley, C-HYI Chair
I NEVER wanted to take Chair Yoga. I have been working with seniors for 30 years and I did NOT want to teach them yoga. I said I never would. But in my passion for addictions, God has led me to teach two “Higher Power” yoga classes at the only inpatient drug rehab within 50 miles of my home, and it is absolutely the most wonderful thing I have ever done. I love it. Unfortunately, half of my 25 or so students can’t get on the floor due to injuries, artificial joints, or bullet wounds (one beautiful young man told me that he can’t move much because the police held him on the ground with a foot to the back when he was a teenager). Until this point they’ve sat in chairs while everyone else was on their mats and I have just given them basic modified poses. I am SO excited to teach them chair yoga – this is going to be HUGE for them. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for helping me make yoga accessible to all of my students!Susan Shull. C-HYI Chair
Christina Mroz, C-HYI 500, E-RYT 200, YACEP