Chair Yoga Training
with Michael Hutkins
June 4-6, 2021

For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students!

Chair Yoga adapts traditional yoga poses so that they can be done with a chair for support, making yoga more accessible for all people. Our society as a whole is aging, including Ottawa with an expected senior demography of 16% by 2021 – it’s the only age group to increase their percentage of the population! Whether it be low mobility seniors or other persons unable to participate in a standard yoga class due to mobility or disability issues, there’s a large population in the yoga community who could deeply benefit from this practice.

The chair takes the place of the yoga mat, and poses are seated or supported by the chair. You get a warm-up, stretching and strengthening, whether you’re coming off a sports injury, challenged by the physical limits of aging, or have been sitting for too many hours at your desk.

Program Outline

This program will offer you the tools to help you and/or your students build strength, awareness and confidence as well as to increase well-being both physically and mentally. Learn how to work with this ever growing group who can receive so much benefit from the practice of yoga with the assistance of a chair!

The program covers:

  • How to teach a 30-60 min chair yoga class
  • Teaching a group living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
  • Teaching students Multiple Sclerosis and other causes of limited mobility
  • Teaching chair yoga for office workers
  • Identifying common issues that make a chair necessary
  • Setting up the class and how to teach from a chair
  • Understanding the anatomy and mental dimensions of aging
  • Yoga Philosophy on aging
  • Meditation and Mantras
  • Storytelling and other ways to share the yogic philosophy
  • How to find work as a chair yoga instructor and volunteer opportunities
  • Practicum – Students will have the opportunity to practice teaching

Dates and Timings

  • Friday, June 4, 2021 – 6:00 pm to 9 pm (Chair Yoga Class experience)
  • Saturday, June 5, 2021 – 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 6, 2021 – 11:30 am to 5:30 pm

Cost and Registration

$395.00 per person with our EARLY BIRD SAVINGS!  Save $55.00 when register before March 31, 2021.  $450.00 per person thereafter.

Fee includes the training, manual and certificate.

This course is open to general public. 6 months to 1 year of regular yoga practice is recommended for participation.

For 200 hour certified Yoga Teachers this course provides CEUs with Yoga Alliance.  This course is also part of our Yoga Alliance 300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training.

300 Hour Elective Module: 15 Hours

In the event you are unable to attend the course after registration, please refer to our Refund Policy.

About Your Teacher

Michael Hutkins is a 500hr trained teacher in the Sivananda lineage. He’s taught yoga for 15 years and chair yoga for the past six, making yoga accessible and fun for people of all ages and abilities. He is always amazed at how open seniors are to every aspect of yoga, from the physical to meditation, philosophy and even chanting.


Hi Mike, thank you again for the wonderful workshop on Saturday. I so appreciated all of the energy, training, insights, handouts you prepared. It was quite obvious the amount of energy, experience and presence you brought to the workshop and I learned so much and feel so refreshed to return to my chair teaching.

In deep gratitude,
Sandy Jones, Certified Yoga Instructor