Live Webinar: Introduction to Chair Yoga for Educators and Clinicians

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When we bring our yoga practice off the mat and into a chair, it becomes more accessible, more sustainable, and easier to integrate into the busy school day. In a system that is increasingly promoting rigor, standardized assessments, and cutting important hours dedicated to the arts, health and physical education;  children are sitting still at school for developmentally inappropriate periods of time.

Chair-based practices provide a sustainable option for schools, both those bringing in external providers, and those classroom teachers who wish to incorporate yoga daily in their classes. 

Finding the space and time to roll out 30 mats can be one of the most prohibiting challenges for potential school yoga programs. Many public schools have limited access to gymnasiums and larger spaces more suitable for yoga classes, and transitioning children to these kinds of spaces can be time consuming and logistically complicated for administration. In addition, getting down on the floor can be both a physical and psychological barrier to participation for many people. Chair yoga can offer students and their teachers all the benefits of a mat based practice: A physical and mental break, increased focus, greater energy and tools to support emotional regulation.  In this workshop, we will explore tangible, effective ways to bring yoga into the classroom without yoga mats or any other props, adapting yoga poses and activities through the creative use of a chair. 

This interactive workshop is appropriate for both yoga teachers working in schools, and classroom teachers interested in incorporating yoga into the school day. We will explore current research connecting movement based practices to learning readiness, and discuss implementation strategies for schools that support both student and teacher self-care and wellness. Participants will experience a sample chair-based practice incorporating movement, breathing, mindfulness, and relaxation and learn a variety of activities available for immediate use. 

Based on this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Teach a variety of yoga poses, breathwork, meditation and relaxation practices to students either seated in chairs, or using chairs as a support without the need for a yoga mat. 
  • Articulate the benefits of chair yoga practice to a school. 
  • Share simple chair yoga practices with school staff, teachers and administrators.
  • Create chair yoga practices to meet the needs of both both teachers and students. 

LIVE Interactive Webinar Includes: 

  • LIVE 90-minute training workshop including 30-minutes Q & A.
  • Detailed PDF of training materials including activities and simple chair yoga sequences and poses.

PLEASE Note:

  • If you are not available for the call we will be sending the audio and video recording to all participants afterwards.  
  • The dial in information will be emailed to all participants when we get closer to the webinar event. 
  • Webinars are live and will begin promptly at 8PM EST.  We ask that you register with enough time to sign in a few minutes before the 8PM EST start time.  Thank you!

Meet Your Trainer: Mayuri Gonzalez

Mayuri Gonzalez is a nationally recognized presenter, trainer and instructor in mindfulness and children’s yoga. She has more than 25 years of experience practicing yoga and mindfulness, and provides therapeutic yoga classes to children and families as well as teaching yoga and mindfulness classes in schools and community centers. In her role as director of the School Yoga Project, Mayuri trains and mentors teachers, counselors and school support staff. She is a contributing author to Best Practices for Yoga in Schools, and a presenter for PESI, offering continuing education to educators and health care providers.  

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Little Flower Yoga is based in New York and provides classes in all five boroughs of New York City and Westchester County.

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