SunLight Chair Yoga website: sunlightchairyoga.com
-SunLight Chair Yoga: yoga for everyone! books and DVD's: Click here to order.
-Chair Yoga book accessible for the blind & print impaired (audio/Braille-no charge)
-Free Chair Yoga videos
-Chair Yoga Private Instruction and private teacher trainings
-Chair Yoga self-paced online teacher training (out soon!)
-Chair Yoga 2-4 Day Teacher Trainings
-Chair Yoga Adaption Workshops for Yoga Teacher Trainings
-SunLight Chair Yoga daily posts on Facebook: Click here for updates.
SunLight Chair Yoga: yoga for everyone! book reviews:
"Sunlight Chair Yoga shines new, beautiful, creative energy on a subject whose time has finally come...Chair Yoga! Artfully modified yoga moves in a chair. Stretches, breathing and relaxation for men and women of all ages. Lovely color photos, clear directions sharing the benefits of Yoga for every - BODY. Thank you Stacie Dooreck!" -Lilias Folan, Swami Kavitananda; PBS Lilias! Yoga and You Author Lilias! Yoga -Your Guide to Enhancing Body, Mind and Spirit Midlife and Beyond
"Stacie Dooreck has removed all the obstacles for reasons why someone can’t practice yoga. She breaks it down and inspires all of us to do what we can when we can. This book is a gem. Thank you for this wonderful book. I will be sharing it with my students." Saeeda Hafiz author of The Healing: One Woman’s Journey from Poverty to Inner Riches.”
Sunlight Chair Yoga: Yoga For Everyone! book is now accessible (no charge) for the blind and print impaired.
Click here to download it in audio and braille formats on Bookshare.
Chair Yoga weekly classes in Bay Area, CA:
-Tuesdays 1-2pm JCC San Francisco (no charge Oct/Nov 2018 classes resume)
-Tuesdays for Genensys employees, S. San Francisco 3:30pm
-Wednesdays 11am First Presbyterian Church San Rafael (no charge for Silver Sneakers insurance & church members, $8 drop ins)
-4th Wed. of each month 6:30-7:30pm Sports Basement Novato, CA (no charge)
Some benefits of Chair Yoga for seniors
"Just a note to thank you for the class in chair yoga at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. This class, to which I look forward every week, has helped me limber up to the point where I feel more alive. I am able to move more easily with less effort. I also appreciate that you encourage your students to continue doing, at least, some of these exercises at home...in order to increase their benefits. I do 2 or 3 movements most every day." -Abe, student in weekly Chair Yoga for seniors class, 2/2018
Bay Area Office Yoga Classes & Workshops 2017-2018:
May 9, 2018 Autodesk San Rafael Chair Yoga Lunch N Learn
May 24, 2018, Adobe San Francisco offices, 4pm Yoga
March 21, 2018 Chair Yoga for Genentech Pharmaceutical employees, S. San Francisco
April 9-14, Chair Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Cruise for a Cause, Miami to Caribbean
Sept. 2018 Chair Yoga for Sivananda Yoga Farm Health Educator Course; Grass Valley, CA
Oct. 2018 Chair Yoga for Bahamas Sivananda Yoga Ashram Retreat guests and staff; Paradise Island
Tuesdays Chair Yoga for Genesys employees; S. San Francisco
Feb Chair Yoga for MacWorld and PCWorld Publishers; San Francisco
March Genetech Chair Yoga workshop; S. San Francisco
March San Jose Convention Center tech conference: Strata and Hadoop San Jose, CA Conference
Sept 11 Chair Yoga for Goodwin Law Firm; Menlo Park, CA
Sept 14 Chair Yoga for Genentech employees, S. San Francisco
Nov. 8 Chair Yoga for Exelixis; S. San Francisco
Nov 12 Chair Yoga for seniors for End of Life Fair at JCCsf; San Francisco, CA
Dec. 6 Chair Yoga for Exelixis Pharmaceuticals for employees, S. San Francisco, CA
Upcoming SunLight Chair Yoga Teacher Trainings: 2018-2019
Sept 1-2 in Sedona area, AZ at Divine Grace Yoga Ashram Email for info
Sept 2018 Yoga Farm N. CA with the Health Educator Course
Feb. 27-March 1, 2018 Bahamas Sivananda Yoga Retreat Ashram on Paradise Island
*Tampa, FL and NY dates posted soon.
Email to bring a Chair Yoga teacher training to your area.
SunLight Chair Yoga Community Classes and Workshops previously taught:
Chair Yoga Workshops Sept for Goodwin Law Firm Menlo Park CA
April 23: Chair Yoga and Yoga for Rx in the Parks Day, San Rafael, CA (no charge)
May 26 Chair Yoga for Seniors at San Rafael library 2pm (no charge), CA
May 31 Chair Yoga for Marin Community Clinics Health Hub 2:30pm, San Rafael, CA
June 2 , 12:30-1:30pm Chair Yoga at Foster City Library. No charge.
June 14, 12:15-1pm Chair Yoga at Body Vibe San Rafael, CA. No charge (weekly class after 6/14)
June 15-Aug 17 Chair Yoga at the JCC San Francisco. No charge.
2016 Chair Yoga at San Francisco Green Festival and the Kundalini Miami Beach Festival
2016 Assisting Lilias Folan at Yoga Journal San Francisco Conference
2015 Chair Yoga at the Accessible Yoga Conference; Santa Barbara, CA
Atherton Library, East Palo Alto Library, Pacifica - Sanchez Library, Millbrae Library, Half Moon Bay
2004: Millbrae library community class; Half Moon Bay and Pacifica libraries,
Meditation at the Yoga Journal San Diego and Florida Conferences
East West Books book signing and class
*Bring a training to your area! Email to get more info.
What is Chair Yoga?
Chair Yoga is simply yoga done in a chair or standing and sitting using the chair as a prop for support.
What is a class or private session like? Taking a class with Stacie gives you the full benefits any other yoga class entails. It includes: Centering, yoga warm ups, yoga exercises & postures, concentration & breathing exercises and guided relaxation & meditation. See "In the News" page on this site for CBS Ch. 4 Miami news filming of a Chair Yoga class with Stacie from 2/21/10.
What are it's benefits? Just like any yoga class, yoga can give you more flexibility (in body and mind), physical and mental strength, increased energy, improved memory and clarity, better concentration , improved overall health and peace. Chair yoga (often taught in a circle format)also brings social connection and a sense of community and team building for yoga at companies.
Who Can Participate? Yoga is for everyone! Chair Yoga is a safe and effective way to offer Yoga to any group, age, and level of health or mobility. Includes seniors or those needing a gentle yoga class, those with chronic illness, pre and post surgery or injury modifications, wheelchairs and yoga for disabilities, chair yoga at work ( in conference rooms or at your desk), post traumatic stress recovery, classes at senior centers, community centers & assisted living homes and private Instruction by appointment in home sessions .
SunLight Yoga on CBS News for "Senior Yoga": Click here to view
9 min Chair Yoga Video with Stacie at the World Veg Festival; San Francisco 10/9/16: Click here to watch
Stacie's Published Chair Yoga Articles:
LA Yoga Magazine, Feb. 2011 Issue, Cover featured article "Yoga in Chairs" Click for articles.
Stacie's article "Please Remain Seated": Click here for full article: yogamint.com
Click here for more articles in Marin Magazine, Mindful City, Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen, Yoganonymous and more.
Email here for SunLight Chair Yoga Trained Teachers in your area.
SunLight Chair Yoga: yoga for everyone! books available on www.sunlightchairyoga.com
Also available at the San Francisco Sivananda Yoga Center, Integral Yoga Center of San Francisco, Yoga Warehouse in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, CA Yoga Farm boutique in Grass Valley, Bahamas Sivananda Yoga Ashram Retreat boutique and the NY Sivananda Yoga Ranch store.
Chair Yoga Teacher Training Reviews:
"It's a very well done weekend program. I took this course last year and learned a lot of very practical and thoughtful adaptations. I highly recommend!" Betsy, yoga teacher, FL 2016 training
"I had no idea how powerful the chair yoga practice would be and to learn from such a committed teacher in the company of such a truly caring community of yoga teachers. I feel blessed to have received this training and honored to bring it forth into the world." LJ, Yoga Instructor
"I had no idea Chair Yoga could also be taught to ANYONE who wants a less rigorous practice, yet still involves ALL major movements." Janet, CA
Fantastic training! Stacie's knowledge and passion for teaching chair yoga comes through. I feel so much more prepared to lead a chair yoga class now! Can't wait to put all her great ideas into practice." Stacy, Yoga Instructor; CA
SunLight Chair Yoga Teacher Training Reviews 2017
"Wonderful Chair Yoga Training Thank you so much Stacie, it was interesting, uplifting I had a great time and back home with the feeling that I have learned so much" Yoga Instructor, Switzerland from 2017 Bahamas training
"I just finished an amazing four day Chair Yoga Teacher Training Class with Staci Dooreck, owner of SunLight Yoga, at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Stacie is a born teacher and her passion for bringing yoga to everyone through Chair Yoga, was evident in her passionate, patient and thorough teaching style. A must course for any yoga instructor or physical therapist interested in Chair Yoga as a therapeutic tool for his or her patients. Her vast experience has allowed her to bring together the influences of many yoga styles and lineages in addition to those of Swami Sivananda. You are given more than enough ideas to create your own chair yoga sequences. I cannot wait to start in with mine!" Emily Blaskey, Physical Therapist, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
"What an amazing weekend. Stacie Dooreck is a wonderful and caring teacher. Also, a great group of women to share it with. Anyone who has the chance to experience this training should not pass it up. Love and light!" Shari, Florida chair yoga training
"Thanks so much for all of this information! Wanted to express my gratitude again. I so enjoyed your class and I am eager to begin teaching. I've been researching chair yoga classes in my area and you are correct, not much around! " Monica
"Last weekend I took an amazing chair yoga workshop. Although I've been teaching this format for the last two years it was wonderful to further my education...I can't wait to share what I learned with my students." Leigh Ann
"This is a 'must do' course, whether you plan on teaching or not." Susan, Florida 2017 Chair Yoga teacher training student
"I just loved everything about the training. Your spirit is filled with so much love for yoga and all people. Thank you for sharing your gift." Gerri
"Stacie's training was thorough & informative. I now have tools I need to teach my community." Melissa, Tampa Yoga studio owner