2 Day Chair Yoga Teacher Training

Chair Yoga Teacher training with Master Teacher Nicky Knoff E-RYT 500

Do you want to learn the skills and develop your confidence to teach yoga to physically challenged adults?

Then sign up now for our 2-day Intensive Workshop led by Nicky Knoff where you will learn all you need to get started.

Our training emphasis is on creating a yoga practice for physically challenged adults that is gentle and safe, but also anatomically correct and prepares them to enter a normal yoga class if they so wish.

The Course is open to yoga teachers, carers, health workers, teachers or anyone interested in sharing yoga. No pre-requisites required!

Nicky Knoff, along with James Bryan, have developed the Knoff Yoga System drawing on over 80 years of combined experience and through direct study with the Masters of Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Bikram Yoga.

Chair Yoga is a modified form of Hatha Yoga, which allows students with disabilities lack of mobility, balance problems, joint challenges, recovering from illness, accidents and operations, or other physical issues to participate in and enjoy the benefits of a yoga practice.

Chair Yoga is aimed at the reduced physical capabilities of a significant portion of the population – aged or otherwise.

What is taught in a Chair Yoga class?

Chair Yoga is an intelligent and dynamic approach to Hatha Yoga incorporating a synergistic mix of 5 traditional elements:

  • Centering: non-religious meditation
  • Breath Work: yogic full breath and ujjayi pranayama
  • Postures: anatomically aligned and structurally balanced – with the aid of a chair
  • Relaxation: savasana with legs supported
  • Yoga Philosophy: positive, uplifting and life-affirming

These 5 traditional elements are taught in the Knoff Yoga class system percentages to ensure a comprehensive and balanced program:

  • Centering 5% Breath Work 12% Postures 66% Relaxation 12% Philosophy 5%

The difference is that in a Chair Yoga class, a chair is used either exclusively to support the student (Level 1), or as a balancing aid (Level 2) for more physically capable students.

Residential and non-residential options are available.

Opportunities for Teaching

With the ‘Baby Boomers’ now entering retirement en mass, this is a great time to learn special skills to teach an ageing population. The need for Chair Yoga Teachers will be huge and is just starting now!

In the USA:

Seniors (50+) are the fastest growing market today, now comprising almost 40% of the U.S. adult population.
Seniors control over 70% of all disposable income with $2 trillion in spending power and more than $1 trillion of that spent on goods and services.

Seniors spend more on health and personal care than any other age group.

For many, the word ‘fall’ evokes images of turning leaves, crisp apples, pumpkin flavoured lattes and scary goblins. For others, the word ‘fall’ evokes morbid fear. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one of every three adults older than 65 years will fall each year and in that demographic, falls are the leading cause of injury and death. Even if it does not lead to injury, a fall can lead the victim to fear he/she will fall again. This fear in turn causes him/her to limit activities, which leads to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, and in turn increases the actual risk of falling. A classic ‘vicious cycle’.

Enter Yoga. According to a recent US National Institutes of Health study, yoga is a promising intervention to manage fear of falling and improve balance, thereby reducing fall risk for older adults. Yoga also has one of the lowest barriers to entry of any exercise that improves balance.

As a yoga teacher, just think of the enormous difference you could make teaching seniors whose lives are currently limited by fear!

Whats included

  • 1 night accommodation on Saturday
  • Luxury twin and single share accommodation
  • Buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Tea, coffee and fruit available all day
  • Use of all facilities, swimming pool, spa, gym, TV room, library

Whats not included

  • Travel to and from the retreat centre.  
  • Alcohol is not available on these retreats

Nicky Knoff

Nicky Knoff ERYT500 was born in 1938 to a Dutch father and an English mother. The family was living in Indonesia when the Japanese invaded at the start of WWII. Nicky was in a concentration camp from the age of three and a half years to nearly eight years old.

The harsh experiences of the war forced Nicky to confront, at a very early age, the basic realities of life - what was important and what was not. Nicky learned that we all have an inner essence, that when stripped of the veneer of social conditioning, we are all essentially the same, but with conditioning we are capable of doing the most horrific acts. Nicky's approach to teaching yoga is to help her students challenge their social conditioning, to guide them towards revealing their own inner essence, so they may reach their full potential as human beings.

Nicky Knoff was a student of Bikram Choudhury in Japan from 1970 to 1974, before Hot Yoga (an American invention), before he became famous, and before he started his bad behaviour.
In those years, Bikram had a strong practice, was clear and competent in his teaching, and treated his students with respect. Nicky categorically condemns all sexual misconduct and abuse of students.

When travelling on holiday from Japan, Nicky discovered Iyengar Yoga and started studying with many Iyengar teachers all over the world, one of them being Martyn Jackson in Sydney, Australia. Nicky made many trips to Pune, India to study with B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta and Prashant and in 1992 was certificated as a Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher.

In 1989, Nicky went to Mysore, India to study with K. Pattabhi Jois, where she learned the first three series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. In 1991 she travelled to Maui, Hawaii to learn the 4th Series from Nancy Gilgoff and the other Ashtanga yogis there. In 1980, Nicky attended her first Vipassana Meditation Course with S.N. Goenka. Nicky attended many Vipassana 10-day silent retreats and also a 30-day retreat at Igatpuri, India in 1988.

From 1974 to 1984 Nicky taught yoga at the Crippled Children's Society in New Zealand, spending 4 years in Dunedin and 6 years in Auckland. This experience led Nicky to specialise in Yoga Therapy. In 1980, Nicky opened the first full-time yoga school in Auckland, the New Zealand School of Yoga.

In 1984 Nicky moved to Australia and opened the Queensland School of Yoga in Noosaville.
In 1992 she moved to Cairns, and opened the Ashtanga Yoga Academy. In 2000, Nicky moved to Colorado, USA where she opened the Academy of Yoga. For the next 4 years, Nicky attended classes at many yoga schools throughout the United States and also the Yoga Journal Estes Park Convention for 4 consecutive years, where she studied with many very experienced yoga teachers.

Nicky returned to Australia in 2004 and now runs teacher training courses, teaches workshops, intensives, private classes, and holistic healing nationally and internationally. Through Nicky's passion for yoga, The Knoff Yoga System has evolved over 40 years and provides a unique program for better yoga practice and teaching.

"I have been practicing and teaching Yoga myself for many years and was seeking to attend a 200 hour training to commit deeper to my practice. I travelled half way around the world (Dresden, Germany) to study Knoff Yoga because the moment I met Nicky many months before, it was obvious to me that she is a person who has dedicated her life very wisely and effectively to the teachings. Nicky is a true Master in the art of Yoga. She is honest, precise and has many great stories to share from over 40 years’ experience on the Yoga mat. Her knowledge of the body and asanas along with her keen eye provided our group with incredible adjustments that ensured each and every one of us understood – at the cellular level – how wonderful and transformative a solid Yoga practice can be. I am ever grateful for how generously Nicky passed on her wisdom and would recommend Knoff Yoga to anyone. Thank you!” Amber Spear, Yoga Teacher & Student, Perth, AUSTRALIA

Prices start from $1169

Non Residential Course Fees

An early-bird discount is offered if the full discounted fee of NZD $399 is paid six weeks before the course 24th September 2021

Otherwise the Full Fee is NZD $449

Residential Course Fees

An early-bird discount is offered if the full discounted fee of NZD $549 is paid six weeks before the course 24th September 2021

Otherwise the Full Fee is NZD $649

Apply to join the course by contacting James

For more information contact Rachel

Retreat Schedule
Nov 6, 2021

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