Corporate Chair Yoga

Would you like a chair yoga class in your institution or community?

Chair yoga is a great way to bring strength, flexibility, relaxation, focus, sense of identity and more to seniors and anyone needing the support of a chair for their practice.

The program works for able bodied seniors as well as people living with physical limitations such as MS, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke recovery and more. People living with Dementia also receive great benefit from the practice. We can serve you in English or French, weekly or monthly or whatever suits your needs.

Michael offers classes and workshops for companies which can be weekly, monthly or for special events.

  • Yoga or chair yoga classes – to reduce stress, improve productivity and energize the team.
  • Lectures – Lunch and learn format or for special events
  • Workshops – Part lecture, part practical to gain skills to bring health to a certain aspect of life

Lecture and Workshop topics:

  • Stress Reduction
  • Sleep improvement
  • Happiness
  • Heart Health
  • Meditation
  • How to leave work at work
  • Proper posture, for work and in life
  • Mechanics of the mind
  • Men’s health
  • and more upon request

These programs can be offered in person in the Ottawa/Gatineau area or live on Zoom.

Contact Michael for more details and pricing.

Phone: (613) 315-9642

Michael Hutkins is a 500hr trained teacher in the Sivananda lineage. He has been teaching yoga for 15 years and chair yoga for the past 6, making yoga accessible and fun for people of all ages and abilities. He is always amazed at how open seniors are to every aspect of yoga, from the physical to meditation, philosophy and even chanting.

Learn how to work with this ever growing group who can get so much benefit from the yoga practice!

To reserve and for more information contact Michael:

Or you can sign up for your classes once you have purchased a package or drop in class.

If you already have a package or to drop in go to CLASS SCHEDULE PAGE

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Chair Yoga Teachers


A recovering CPA and former partner of an accounting firm, previously struggling with burnout, depression and anxiety, Janaki as a new person, living a happy and fulfilling life.

Trained in classical Sivananda hatha yoga Janaki is paying forward the gifts and benefits that she receives through yoga and meditation, offering a similar effect on other peoples’ lives – helping people to heal their minds, bodies and souls with a body positive experience in a safe and non-judgmental space for all, 1 hour at a time.


For almost 12 years now, Anathèle has been passionate about yoga. In 2019, she completed her Hatha yoga teacher certification at PranaShanti Studio in Ottawa. She has since completed many additional trainings, including those for Baptist style power yoga, chair yoga, accessible yoga, regenerative yoga and Yin yoga.

She has found in yoga not only a practice that promotes daily wellness, but also a wonderful community of people who want to make the world a better place. Yoga has quickly become for Anathele not only a way of life, but also a way to connect with oneself, and with others. She hopes to make this practice accessible and inspiring to all, as she is passionate about sharing yoga.


After retiring from teaching English to newcomers at Algonquin College, Brenda ran a B&B from her home in rural Kanata for six years. When she sold the house she still wasn’t ready to retire and spent a couple of years pet sitting & dog walking while thinking about what her next phase was going to be. On the advice of a very insightful woman who suggested she persue her long time love of yoga, specialising in Chair Yoga, she enrolled in Michael Hutkins‘ Chair Yoga Teacher Training at PranaShanti Yoga Centre.

That got her hooked and she went on to complete her 200 hour yoga Teacher Training at PranaShanti. She now teaches Chair Yoga for an online company called goboomerang, some private students and volunteer teaches a group of seniors at the local Resource Centre, currently all on Zoom.


Barbara has been practicing yoga since 2010, when she needed some gentle strength building range of motion exercise to recover from a broken knee.  Since then she has grown to appreciate the many gifts of daily practice that go beyond the physical.  Barbara is a graduate of the 200 hour teacher training at Ashtanga Ottawa, and chair yoga teacher training with Mike Hutkins.  “I believe yoga sneaks up on you.  Many of us start practicing yoga to “exercise”, only to find it teaches us to breathe, to find peace in our day to day, while awakening our most authentic self.”


Formerly an occupational therapist, Zofia has been teaching yoga since 2015. It all started with a year-long Yoga Teacher Training Program that sparked something new and unexpected in her… then one class a week, then two, then three… then more trainings in Yin Yoga and Chair Yoga… until teaching yoga became her full-time job! Zofia loves sharing the philosophy and practices of yoga, including posture practice, meditation, and chanting. Her primary aims are to teach in a way that’s meaningful and relevant to her students, so they too can experience the benefits of this amazing practice.

Tobey Hayden

Tobey has been practicing yoga casually since 2013. She has practiced kundalini, Bhakti, Shivanunda, and aerial yoga. After suffering an injury in 2015, she was inspired by her colleagues and friends to take her practice to the next level. In 2018 she completed her 200-hour HYTT training with PranaShanti and enrolled in the 300-hour HYTT training in 2020.

Tobey launched her teaching working with local communities, offering bi-lingual chair yoga, child and family classes, and most recently stand-up paddleboard yoga (SUP yoga). She has been teaching at retirement living and senior centers with Michael Hutkins since 2019 and is now well versed in the delivery of yoga classes online and in person.

In addition, due to her healing journey, she is a firm believer in holistic healing and has completed certification in cupping, hot stones massage, and reflexology. She hopes to complete her massage certification shortly.

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