~Get Fit Where You Sit~
BROOKLYN CHAIR YOGA WAS CREATED TO REACH PEOPLE WHO ENJOY YOGA AND WANT TO GET FIT WHERE THEY SIT!
Maria is a Licensed Social Worker and Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher (LVCYT) who works closely with older adults diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's disease or a related Dementia. She has been inspired by her clients to learn how to adapt yoga poses so that clients receive the same benefits as they would on a mat, while supporting clients in feeling successful and empowered.
Maria received her LVCYT certification in March of 2016 and currently teaches a weekly chair yoga class for people with Dementia. Maria believes yoga is for everyone, yet there may be barriers to receiving this service. She is determined to bring this needed service into Brooklyn communities, whether it be in the comfort of someone's home, at a studio, or elsewhere.
Maria welcomes your questions and feedback as Brooklyn Chair Yoga services evolve!
Lakshmi Voelker-Binder has dedicated her life to creating accessible paths to wellness. By creating chair yoga, she was able to bring adaptive fitness and exercise programs to those who could not benefit from traditional methods of physical activity due to age or limiting physical condition.
She created Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga™ in 1982 when one of her thirty-something students was stricken with arthritis and could no longer get down on the floor to practice Yoga. In 1999, she authored and produced her widely acclaimed "Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga: The Sitting Mountain Series" CD/cassette.
She has studied, practiced, and taught Yoga and other Eastern disciplines since 1969. From her early years, she integrated these disciplines with Western health concepts. Her focus has always been to improve her students' health and wellness by making the integration of these disciplines accessible to the broadest audience possible.
Lakshmi Voelker-Binder, YT, E-RYT 500, KYTA, YA, IAYT is a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor, a member of the Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists, and holder of other certifications. Additionally, Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga™ is recognized by the Mayo Clinic and the New York State Department of Education. For more information on Lakshmi's Voelker's Chair Yoga™, please click below:
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