Yoga on the Chair

Yoga on the Chair 
with Marti Yura and Caroline Dunham 
Next Offering TBD
12-Hours offered for Yoga Alliance Certification and an Elective Module in the Vista Yoga 300-Hour Teacher Training
Open to All Levels of Practice

The chair in an invaluable prop in all levels of yoga. It can offer support, new dynamics, and fun in Asana practice.  The yoga chair offers accessibility and versatility that is appropriate for yogis of all levels and abilities. 

Students will:
– Discover how work can be integrated into a regular dynamic yoga asana class to enhance dynamic, gentle, and restorative asana practice

– Discuss how and what kind of chair asana (postures) can be beneficial to a wide variety of practitioners and types of practice

– Learn how and when to offer chair work as a modification for students

– How to design a class completely around chair work, including sequencing and fluidity in sequencing with the chair.
– Gain insight into the Kosha System, the five layers of the self, and how asana can support the seeing of each layer and its impact on the individual experience.

– Relate the anatomical structures of the body to the work of chair asana, and discuss how chair postures facilitate muscular skeletal integration and/or release through images, demos and experiential work

– Learn when and how to incorporate other props with the chair to support all body types and make the postures effective and safe for students

– Teach a short chair sequence, to practice guiding students and cue alignment when teaching on the chair and to feel comfortable, confident, and safe in working with students on the chair

Marti Yura

Marti’s journey has come full circle, from her first fitness studio in Charleston, SC in 1982, to the “birth” of Vista Yoga in Atlanta. Since 1979 her passion for physical and spiritual well-being has led her from teaching various forms of fitness, including personal training, to her discovery of Yoga in 1998.

Both dynamic and therapeutic, Marti’s classes are infused with a thorough understanding of the body, ancient wisdom, her nurturing spirit and a touch of humor.

She is a 500-hour ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. After studying with a wide variety of Yoga teachers, she has been studying extensively with Tias and Surya Little, of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 2008, achieving her 500-hour certification with them.

She is also trained in Thai Yoga Massage therapy.

Caroline Dunham

Yoga found Caroline early in life as a self-care practice that weaved though her life in many varied forms. When she began her consistent daily practice shortly after graduating from Cornell University with a BS in Chemical Engineering, Caroline found a means to improve her physical and emotional well being. Now it is Caroline’s joy and privilege to help facilitate the yoga practice of others, with an emphasis on proper alignment, activation, and self-acceptance, as an important part of her continuously expanding yoga practice.

Caroline is an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher and has completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Vista Yoga, studied with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga, attended yoga courses at University, and is an avid student of yoga asana, texts, and philosophy. In addition to teaching yoga, Caroline is currently the operations manager at Vista Yoga.