Free yoga at Conestoga


Free yoga was a big hit at the college on March 5, with some positions having to be adjusted because the room was so full.

This was the first in a series of weekly sessions which are being taught by students of Conestoga’s yoga instructor training and certification program. Rhonda Fowler, with assistance from Candice Fedy and Tracey Eccleston, the program’s instructor, lead 19 people through several poses, from the cat and cow pose to the eagle pose.

The hour-long session ended with the participants laying on their mats in the dark, focusing on relaxing each part of their bodies.

“It’s called corpse pose, but we’re not particularly fond of that term,” said Fowler, preferring to call it shavasana.

“There is no work to be done in shavasana,” she said.

In collaboration with Ageless Arts Yoga, a studio in Cambridge, the yoga instructor training and certification program aims to give students all the qualifications needed to become a registered yoga teacher.

Each student, or yoga teacher in training (YTT), will rotate into the teaching role with another on hand to assist. Each of the free classes is also supervised by an experienced yoga teacher to “ensure that the YTTs are offering a safe experience for everyone,” Eccleston said.

“That being said, the calibre of teaching that the YTTs are offering is equal to many currently employed teachers.”

For the YTTs, this is their first chance to teach a class to a room full of people.

“Each of the students has already had a chance to practise teaching on one another, but the challenge of an unknown audience, with multiple levels of experience, offers the students a valuable learning experience,” Eccleston said.

“We appreciate you giving us the opportunity to practise on you,” Fowler said.

The session gave people a chance to try something new.

“My mom has never done it before,” said Savannah DaSilva, a second-year early childhood education student who attended the event with her mom. “This gave her the opportunity to try it.

“I think it’s phenomenal.”

The event was originally scheduled to take place in Rm. 2F26 at the Doon campus, but was moved to 3F09 due to the number of people who attended.

“If more people continue to come, we’ll look into getting a bigger room,” Eccleston said.

Sessions are offered every Wednesday, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., until March 21. While the event is advertised as BYOM (bring your own mat), there are a few extra mats available.


LV Chair Yoga to Hold a Teacher Training Certification at the Texas State January 2014
Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga: Get Fit Where You Sit!
Dated: Sep. 13, 2013

Tracey Eccleston, Co-Director, will conduct a LV Chair Yoga Teacher Training Certification at Texas State in San Marcos, TX January 9-12, 2014. The program prepares participants to teach chair yoga
classes emphasizing senior and disabled fitness.

Tracey Eccleston will hold a Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga (LVCY) Teacher Training Certification at Texas State, San Marcos, TX on January 9-12, 2014. This LVCY training is for yoga teachers and practitioners, and healthcare and fitness professionals who are interested in senior fitness, disabled fitness, and exercise for anyone who, for whatever reason, cannot do regular exercise.

In this certification, Tracey trains the participants to give a one-hour therapeutic chair yoga class with
special emphasis on disabled and senior fitness. She teaches how to individualize postures by adapting the
postures to differing levels of flexibility. These levels of flexibility set this program apart. Most importantly, participants come away with the skill to adapt any yoga mat pose to the chair with the varying levels of flexibility (what LVCY terms Chairasanas – asana being Sanskrit for pose or posture). Participants learn the four variations of LVCY: Single Chair Yoga, Double Chair Yoga, Pair Chair Yoga, and Weighted Chair Yoga.

The last is targeted at building bone and muscle mass by using 1-3 pound dumbbells during Chairasanas. This addresses a major fitness issue of sedentary people such as seniors, the disabled, the overweight, and all of us that just sit too much. Among the Chairasanas participants learn are the sun salutation, the moon salutation, the earth salutation, the warrior series, and classical balance postures. They receive an anatomy overview and a review of the contraindications & precautions for seated poses. In addition, other Eastern modalities are covered.

Program participants receive a 200 page illustrated manual, LVCY DVD, a certification for 25 hours of
LVCY teacher training, and a listing on Lakshmi’s website to generate leads for LVCY teachers.

Tracey Eccleston, E-RYT500, LVCYT, is a self-motivated Yoga Instructor and Lakshmi Voelker Chair
Yoga Teacher. A proven leader with excellent talent and communications skills, Tracey has expanded her
knowledge through her studies with Lakshmi Voelker. As Lakshmi’s Co-Director, Tracey has logged
hundreds of hours training and teaching LVCY to students from around the world. She has worked
tirelessly co-creating the LVCY online teacher training program with Lakshmi and Bruce. Tracey’s
specialties lie with her extensive experience working with wheel chairs and dealing with Doctors,
Physiotherapists, and Occupational Therapists

Lakshmi Voelker, E-RYT 500, YA, IAYT, has over 40 years in the fitness industry. She created Lakshmi
Voelker Chair Yoga in 1982. Creator of the DVD Get Fit Where You Sit and the CD Lakshmi Voelker
Chair Yoga, she has certified more than 800 teachers nationally and internationally, including health-care
professionals at the Mayo Clinic and the New York City Department of Education. She does live
certifications all around the United States. She also offers Online Teacher Training over Skype.

For more information on all LVCY certification programs, click here.