Certificate in Chair Yoga
Training for Yoga Teachers and Healthcare Professionals
Next training: May - June 2021 online
Hosted by Ananta Yoga Studios, WIcklow
Course director and main tutor Claire Osborne
with guest teachers

‘’I highly recommend this training course of Claire's. For me already teaching Chair Yoga, it gave me lots of new ideas and reinforced my passion and reason for teaching Chair Yoga. Suitable for experienced Chair Yoga teachers,
as well as anyone who'd like to begin and non-Yoga Teachers who work in an environment where people could benefit. ‘’   Louise Curran, Chair Yoga Teacher, Wicklow

  • Support your students and clients to develop more mobility and confidence in their bodies,

  • Learn techniques for mental and emotional well being.

  • Offer an environment where people can have fun, at the same time learning to care for themselves.


This professional development training for Yoga Teachers and professionals working in care settings will give you the basic skills to run chair yoga classes or integrate chair yoga into your regular teaching or care setting.

These skills can also be applied in numerous settings, such as active retirement groups, wheelchair users, community groups, people with special needs and for people with limited movement due to health, injury or recovery from surgery.




Who's it for?

this training is open to all!

It may be especially helpful as professional development for:

  • Healthcare Professionals

  • Yoga Teachers

  • Yoga Therapists

  • Care-workers

  • Physical Therapists

  • Teachers

or other therapists and health workers who would like to include a body-based practice into their work.

Course hours: 30 total  hours

Tuition time total 22 hours, plus 8 hours personal study and assessments.

Course content.

The content of this course is drawn from Claire’s 20 years of experience teaching yoga, as well as her background as a yoga therapist and massage therapist.

This is the 8th time Claire has delivered this training, and the most detailed and comprehensive training she has delivered yet.

She has given a lot of care and attention to ensure that experienced as well as new teachers leave the course feeling informed and confident to create and deliver empowering, creative and sensitive classes in a number of settings.


  • Overview of chair yoga, it’s applications and target groups

  • Practical steps and supports to set up a class and make it accessible

  • A wide range of practices including Asana, Pranayama (breathing practices), Mudras, Meditation, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra, plus therapeutic applications and adaptations.

  • Several practice sequences to support creating balanced and creative classes

  • Practices for minimally mobile students

  • In depth information to support posture

  • How to help people develop the skill and confidence to move from the chair into standing.

  • Introduction to yogic philosophy relevant to chair yoga classes

  • Introduction to therapeutic yoga models as a lens for understanding health conditions and support for planning class plans

  • Health and safety tips

  • Detailed teaching tips, to support you to hold space in a compassionate and sensitive way

  • Trauma sensitive teaching practice

  • Introduction to medical and health conditions

  • Reflection on emotional considerations in chair yoga

  • Overview of the nervous system

  • Reflections on Yoga practices as a support for the nervous system, general health and the management of pain.

  • Supervised teaching practice


Free additional material!

Recordings of all the online classes and modules will be made available of all the modules for 30 days afterwards.

There will be additional audio recordings available of meditations, pranayama (breathing) practices and Yoga Nidras.

Time commitment - 30 hours


  1. 18 hours main modules: 2 weekends 22nd -23rd May / 25th -27th June

 - Weekend 1: Saturday and Sunday 10am--2.30 pm GMT (incl 30 min break)

 - Weekend 2: Friday eve 6-8 pm / Saturday and Sunday 10am--2.30 pm GMT (incl break)


2. 4 specialist chair yoga classes, showing how chair yoga can be applied in different settings.. e.g Yoga for people with hip problems (e.g. pelvic pain, or pre and post hip surgery), yoga for the older population (e.g. care homes), yoga for the workplace, trauma sensitive chair yoga. (subject matter to be confirmed) 1 per week on zoom (Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm GMT) with guest tutors.recording available for the week (45 tuition, 15 min for Q and A)

3. Independent course-work and assessment:

Includes in module teaching assessment.

  • 5 hours: Pre-reading and homework between modules

  • 1 hour: Q and A on course content after modules (verbal option for people with dyslexia)

  • 2 hours: Personal research project about an area of interest.

- Design a class for an individual student or target group. 

- Research the condition, description of physical/mental emotional considerations, cautions and contraindications, standard healthcare treatment.

- Explain your choice of practices and the theme of the class.

- List of relevant support resources in your area / online e.g. support group, charity, therapists, healthcare professionals, social groups.

How to apply:

Bookings / Enquiries for this Chair Yoga Teacher Training to: anantayogaevents@gmail.com


It is not necessary to be a qualified yoga teacher to attend this course.
Applicants who are not qualified yoga teachers are required to attend a minimum of 8 guided live classes (minimum 1 hour each) with an accredited teacher following the training.
The teacher must sign off that you have attended the classes. Following pre-recorded classes does not count. These classes must be completed no later than 2 months after the end of the training.
Participants who are already qualified yoga instructors to a minimum 200 Hr level must produce teacher training certificate and evidence of teaching experience or the above criteria for non- yoga teachers will also apply.

Course fees:
  • E450 including assessment and certification fees.

  • One scholarship place is available for an existing teacher who is already working within a healthcare setting, day care unit or charity. A minimal fee of E150 to cover administrative costs will apply. Send an email, explaining why you’d like to do the course, why you need to apply for a scholarship, where you intend to offer chair yoga. 

Terms and conditions:
  • Payment is due in full before the start of the course.

  • Cancellations: sorry, no refunds. You may attend the course at another date if there are unavoidable circumstances which mean you cannot attend in full in person. This is at the discretion of the course director (Claire Osborne).

  • If the course has to be cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances you will be offered an alternative date.

  • Good quality internet connection is essential.

  • This does not certify you fully to be a Yoga Teacher- that takes a minimum of 200 hours of training! However health care professionals who have attended this training and successfully used it to compliment their existing skills in a variety of settings e.g. physical therapy, special needs education, retirement homes. Carers have also applied skills learned on this course to work one-to-one.

Conditions of completion:
  • Certificate will be issued on full completion and attendance in person of the course, and on completion of coursework.

  • All modules need to be attended in person.



‘’I had the pleasure of training with Claire. She has an amazing and profound presence. I'm delighted I could take part in her first Chair Yoga training weekend July 2018. It was not what I expected, I learned so much more than I thought I would, especially on a spiritual and deep connection of myself. I can recommend this course to everybody as it would be beneficial for all.’’

Trish Isibor


‘‘I cannot recommend Claire’s chair yoga training highly enough. I was very impressed with Claire’s deep knowledge of yoga asanas and philosophy and how she delivered the two day training. I found her calmness very soothing and her teaching methods very motivating. The Yoga Nidra was just the icing on the cake to a two fabulous days!”

Sara de Miguel Hernandez

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