The Yoga Chair: An Intelligent Tool for Practicing Asana 

A guided workshop for practitioners with a solid foundation of yoga asana, and teachers of yoga, looking to learn how to integrate the yoga chair as a tool to assist, enhance and deepen your asana practice.

In this 4-part series, we will explore how to integrate the chair in our asana practice in different postural groups: Standing Poses, Forward Bends, Rotations, Backbends, and Inversions. Although not all postures can be explored, as there are many variants of each pose, the basics and fundamental poses will be taught with chair variations. 

The chair will provide feedback to help understand sense of direction, and achieve and maintain correct alignment. Challenging poses are supported and can be held for longer periods in order to obtain their full benefits.

The course is divided into 4 parts, each part 2.5 hours:

Each class will be a balanced practice of active and recuperative poses using the chair and other props, with particular focus on the the postural groups assigned.

The student must have a solid foundation of yoga practice. If you have not practiced with me before, please email me to tell me about yourself and your practice/experience with yoga to be admitted to the workshop.

Students participating in Part IV (inversions) must be familiar with Sirsasana (headstand) and Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulderstand). 

Required props:

1 yoga chair (Important: it must be stable and sturdy; it must have a square shaped, flat seat, standard height (seat) is approx 17.5 inches from the floor. The back of the chair should be removed to expose the back rest to enable movement through it, otherwise standing folding chairs with the half-open backrests will do for most postures (but not all).
2 blocks
2-3 blankets 
1-2 sticky mats (ideally 2)
1 bolster

Part I: Standing Poses 
The standing poses are the foundations that teach the students about correct alignment, and a sense of direction. The chair is an excellent tool to help one explore this, and also provides support and stability enabling one to stay longer in the pose and focus on the more subtle, finer details of the pose.

Part II: Forward Bends 
Seated forward bends take time to develop and can be difficult for many practitioners at first. Extending the spine is vital in understanding forward bends. The chair is used in many forward bending postures to help extend the spine safely. The chair may also provide support which enables the student to be in the pose for a longer period and receive the benefits that the forward bends provide. 

Part III: Backbends & Rotations
The chair is used to assist the body into supported variations of back-bending postures to open the chest, elongate the lower back, open the shoulders, and build the back muscles in preparation for independent backbends. It is also a great tool to introduce advanced backbends that are difficult to perform independently. Rotations
 using the chair is also explored in this class.

Part IV: Inversions
The chair is used for preparation of the shoulders and dorsal spine for Pinca Mayurasana and Sirsasana, and as a support for the shoulder blades in both of the final stages of these poses. The chair is used to support the body and help understand and develop correct alignment in Sirsasana; it is also used to explore leg variations. Salamba Sarvangasana and Halasana (and variations) are explored with the chair to provide support for longer timing in the pose, enabling deep relaxation for the body and mind. 


Part I : Sunday, February 21, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Part II: Sunday, March 07, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Part III: Sunday, March 21, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Part IV: Sunday, April 11, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


$50.00 per class
$180.00 for 4-part series

Access to recordings for 7 days.


Payment methods accepted:

  1. Interac e-transfer to (within Canada only)

  2. Paypal (All fees are to be covered by the sender. Please add 3% Paypal/Credit Card fee to your amount)

The registration button will take you to the Zoom registration page. Please select the date(s) you wish to attend; if you wish to register for the full series, please select all of the of dates listed.

Restorative Yoga : Finding Space and Silence

A healing and essential practice for living well 


The dream of my life
Is to lie down by a slow river
And stare at the light in the trees —
To learn something by being nothing
A little while but the rich
Lens of attention.

Entering the Kingdom by Mary Oliver

This two hour guided practice will offer you the tools and the opportunity to yield the body into comfortable, supported positions as a way to influence the nervous system into relaxing deeply in space and silence.

Props required:
1 strap (belt/scarf)
1-2 blocks (books)
2-3 blankets (or towels)
1 bolster (or you can use blankets instead)
1 chair
1 eye pillow or small towel for the eyes


This class will be offered online on Zoom. 

Sunday, February 28, 2021
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Payment methods accepted: Interac E-transfer to or PayPal

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