A line of six people leaning on chairs and extending their left legs.

Charles "Teenie" Harris, Group of women performing leg exercise using chairs in interior with scale, c. 1955–1965, Carnegie Museum of Art, © Carnegie Museum of Art, Charles “Teenie” Harris Archive

Online Chair Yoga


Stretch and relax your body and mind at home in this 30-minute gentle yoga class. Begin each lesson by delving into a work of art from Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection. Then, follow instructor Lydia Kilian as she guides you through movement inspired by the work of art. The class will consist of seated gentle exercise, standing poses that use the chair for balance and support, and breathing and relaxation techniques. This class is accessible to participants of all levels and abilities, and various modifications will be offered. An armless chair is preferred for the movement in this class.

Participants will NOT be visible to each other or to the instructor.

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About Lydia Kilian

Lydia Kilian began her meditation journey 10 years ago as a tool to manage performance anxiety while completing her degree in piano performance. Since then, she has developed a consistent meditation practice in her daily life and has studied extensively in the Vipassana style, participating in retreats at the Southeast Vipassana Center in Jesup, Georgia and Wat Suan Mokkh, Thailand. Lydia is a certified yoga instructor and studied various meditation techniques during her yoga training in Rishikesh, India. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University. Lydia is an avid arts supporter and believes the arts and meditation can be used as complementary tools to calm the mind and support well-being.


Support for senior programming is generously provided by The Campbell Foundation.