I have a bird’s eye view of what is happening in the bodies of our 50+ aged Yoga students. How? Because I produce Gentle, Senior and Chair Yoga DVDs and videos and I keep track of who is buying and viewing certain topic areas. So, see if you can guess which Gentle Yoga Therapy DVD […]
What makes us smile? It’s hearing from Yoga Teachers like yourself who share how much they are learning from our free Teacher resources, our online workshops, certification programs, and our YouTube video vignettes. I think you know by now that our small team of Academy Yoga Teachers love to share with YOU! But when we hear […]
I would like to share a few lines with you to keep you in the loop of my progress with yoga (specifically) the online chair yoga course. Three days ago (9/3/16) I celebrated my one year anniversary as a stroke survivor. One year since everything in my (and my wife’s) world changed. It has been […]
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Camille Cronfel, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA
Despite this being an online class with no direct contact, I felt completely supported throughout the process. You were there to answer any questions, and I felt comfortable asking for help. I enjoyed the mix of readings, quizzes and videos. It is user friendly and comprehensive.
Lucy Valente, Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA
Yoga Vista Academy ‘s Chair Yoga Certification Program provided a written PDF to accompany the video presentation which I found beneficial to the student to read and follow as well as a great reference source to keep. I have already referred back to the PDF notes several times. The library of postures is also a good reference source for poses and their unique names. I found the videos to be very helpful especially to see the students go through the asanas to the best of their ability with modifications provided to accommodate each body and level of ability.
Kate Regan, Brisbane, Australia
My love & excitement for what I’m doing with chair yoga is all down to your ‘generosity of spirit ‘Sherry , and your willingness to share all that you believe is good with your students & trainees the world over. You are truly inspiring !
Liana Ables, Millstadt, Illinois, USA
I’m thrilled I’ve learned so much from you and Justine. Thank you for all you do for me and for everyone who comes through your doors. You are truly an angel. You’ve helped me through a pretty rough time. But life is good and on we go. Sending a smile and gratitude.
Zoe M., United Kingdom
“I thought the [online] course was fantastic and it took me more than four hours as I could go over things and look in detail at what he was teaching and how he was teaching it. I think Somatics is wonderful!!”
Gerald Hurtig, Frisco, Texas, USA
“WOW! I received so much personal growth from the Chair Yoga certification course. The teachers are knowledgeable, experienced and supportive which provided for a wonderful learning experience. Each of their unique backgrounds and approaches provided another dimension to the course. The materials were rich with information and well-written. There was so much more that I received from taking this class than I had ever thought possible. Thanks so much for all that you and your staff do to help teachers like me grow in our yogic lives.”
Raquel Jex, Chicago, Illinois, USA
What I loved about the Online Chair Yoga Program! 1. The written PDF’s that went with most of the Video’s. 2. I liked the exams throughout because it kept it very fresh. 3. The PDF’s are fanastic reference documents, so those are so nice to have. 4. The video – MOST all were very good. 5. Library of postures is great to have with the handout’s as well, because the names are different than we use in other yoga classes! 6. In the video’s themselves, one thing I really like was being able to see the seniors do it with you. It gave me an idea of what those postures look like for them because I find myself wanting to correct their form when it may be all they can do.
Judy Rycombel, Inverness, Illinois, USA
“Before this project, I never REALLY looked at peoples’ posture very much. It’s amazing what I saw and learned from having to observe people and write this paper. Seems like everywhere I go now, I’m looking at a person’s posture and trying to figure out what the issues are and how to improve them. Thanks Sherry!”
Deb Mix, New Jersey
Gillian Isvan, Scotland
“Since I graduated and got certified, I m starting another chair yoga class in another village in and was approached by a local care home to do a class there too. I am seeing if I can fit it into my schedule as the local high school asked me to do a yoga class there for the students and one for the teachers so it is all full steam head!! Thank you Universe “
Donna Wazneski, Grand Junction, Colorado, USA
” I found the pelvic floor workshop so good that I have mentioned my source of new knowledge to several fitness oriented individuals. My recommendations will help grow your business in the best way, word of mouth recommendations!”
Kim Stabbe, Lenexa, Kansas, USA
Thank you so much again for your wonderful Chair Yoga course!! I especially enjoyed the great review on Anatomy. I greatly appreciate that your resources will be my wonderful library of information to refer to when needed. The online setup worked great for me too. I also gave my feedback via Yoga Alliance.
Lorrie Denning, San Pedro, California, USA
I am very grateful for your course. The information provided throughout the course was great! I learned a lot and a couple of my friends from LMU YTRX program have shown interest in taking your course. I speak highly of you and your Yoga academy…
Live Workshop Attendees
“Totally met and surpassed my needs and expectations. I received the reminders I needed in feeling his postures inside out and received new insights in translating the poses to the chair. As always, James both spoke and listened in a personable and understandable way. He brought out the best ideas from all of us!”
“New concept for me. What an enthusiastic and positive guy.”
“Challenging and useful information. Very nice presentation.”
“I learned so much! He is such a gigantic ‘heart’. This was my 2nd time to experience his work, and it’s starting to settle into my slow brain! Can’t wait to learn more!”
“Your passion for your work radiates! It was so helpful to receive experience of your teaching of the somatic movements – it will make my presentation of them to my students much easier. Love your work, love your teaching. Appreciated the chair demo’s.”
“Content well organized.”
Live Workshop Attendees
“James has such an engaging nature – he pulls you in to his enthusiasm. Will incorporate more somatics into my classes and look forward to more info on visualization.”
“I like James’ personal approach and openness. He explains concepts very clearly and skillfully alternates discussions with practice. I really appreciate that he demonstrated chair versions of somatic movements.”
“Awesome! It really brought home the idea of the fascia-so simple but such effects. Just so impressed.”
“James is so passionate about what he does. His energy shines thru his eyes and truly concerned about each and every individual.”
“Very good session. The energy was good, a lot of information that I can use for my students.”
“Learning about somatics today was so refreshing and opened a new world of opportunities.”
Karen Langevin, Prince Edwards Island, Canada
I wanted to tell you that I am thoroughly enjoying your Gentle Yoga teacher certification. I have been chipping away at it slowly. Rather than speeding through it, I chose to read one chapter or module at a time and teach it in my style to my class. This morning, I did your class called “gentle yoga class: extra umpf of ujaii and sun salutation”. I absolutely loved it. At one point in the class, you asked a question to your students and I caught myself answering your question…haha..online…real-time.. what’s the difference?
Paula Montalvo, Vista, California, USA
I took the Online Pelvic Floor Workshop with Viki. I think this kind of workshop that you offer to teachers is very valuable and an experience that yoga teachers are rarely offered. It gave me some very valuable awareness information about a part of my body that I thought I knew. I think that much of what we already do in chair and standing yoga incorporates many good pelvic movements, and I am still studying some of the exercises in the workbook to try to adapt them to the chair.
Live Workshop Attendees
“Tough topic – but she explained everything in “Yoga” terms – so very easy to comprehend. Learning about the cells, cytokines, LDL and plaque, etc., etc. and explanation of Yoga Therapy intervention excellent.”
“oved her calm and energy, soothing voice. Another knowledgeable teacher. Fascinating and complex topic taught at an understandable level. Something I didn’t think I would ‘get’ but she made it very simple to take in. Loved that she included an hour of asanas!”
Live Workshop Attendees
“I learned more about metabolic syndrome than I ever have! And I have it. I can’t wait to download it! I LOVED her practice.”
“Good presentation – cohesive, followed structure, handled complicated topic in easily accepted format. Visuals excellent. ”
“Interesting and presented in an understandable format – a topic that affects many seniors – so information is vital for a safe practice.”
Live Workshop Attendees
“I’m trained as an ICU/CCU RN – career nurse x 20 years – I’ve never had this explained as thoroughly/understandably. EVER! I will take this info out into the world – should be required reading by all Western adults 50 and over! Outstanding – THANK YOU!”
“Loved, loved, loved how you presented all this info through a Yogic lens. You made very complex information very understandable! Wonderful movement practice.”
“he made a tough topic to grasp very clear and easy to understand. This is so important as a health issue today. The practice at the end was a perfect practice to illustrate the power of Yoga to deeply relax and mobilize energy in healing ways. ”