I have been comparing your Chair Yoga teacher certification course to the Restorative course and have questions. I am still deciding whether to take the Chair Yoga course or the Restorative Yoga upgrade course; as to the latter, I have already both books which come with the course.

I have the opportunity for working with older people as clients, who are not very flexible, and have different ailments. In fact, one of my clients, who I work with, has great difficulty with hero’s pose and Dandasana.  Although I use props, she still looks so uncomfortable.

Q: I do have BKS Iyengar’s, “Yoga, the Path to Holistic Health,” which does give good information about using props; however, I would like to further my knowledge and gain certification. Would you advise one, more than the other?

A: Both are good courses, but the Chair Yoga course focuses on the chair as the main prop. The reason being: Seniors, from chair-sitting societies, tend to be at risk of falling, when they get up or down from the floor.

Q: I would be more apt to the Chair Yoga course and have watched your videos. Could you give me further information about the exam papers on each course?

A: Information, about the Chair Yoga teacher’s upgrade course, can be found at:


There is an essay and a practical exam video for the Chair Yoga upgrade course.

The Restorative Yoga upgrade has a written anatomy exam, a written modification and props exam, and a practical exam video.


Q: Are these two courses included in the level II Yoga teacher training course?

A: The Restorative materials are part of the Level 2 Yoga instructor training course. The Chair Yoga course is not part of the Level 2 course.

Q: I have also envisioned the other upgrading courses. If one has some of the material, would the course be discounted for the elimination of such?

A: To avoid duplicate materials – we can eliminate Yoga study materials from any course and give you a discount. Our discount is our wholesale buying price. Let us know which materials you do not want, and we will send you a coupon for the online shopping cart. Also, we can also process orders over the phone.

Q: Just the last question – how long does one have to complete either of the courses I mentioned?

A: Usually, it takes approximately three months for the completion of either one of these two courses; but you have one full year to complete your studies. After that, you can always apply for an extension.

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