Teaching Yoga to Seniors Certificate Program
This pioneering program combines the best of modern, evidence-based medicine with the ancient wisdom, experience and tradition of Yogic teachings, leading to a Yoga for Seniors Certificate.
Seniors age 65 and older represent the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. population and — like many Americans — are increasingly drawn to yoga. Yet there are few places yoga teachers can learn practical strategies for adapting the practice to older bodies, minds and spirits.
Since the senior population is expected to more than double to over 80 million by the year 2050 — with nearly one-quarter expected to live to age 85 and older — it is essential to help yoga instructors learn how to best serve older students.
Yoga teachers and health educators Kimberly Carson (OHSU) and Carol Krucoff, will cover health conditions common to seniors, such as heart disease, arthritis and osteoporosis. Then in special hands-on training sessions you will learn how to appropriately modify postures for safe and effective work with older adults, with emphasis on individuals new to yoga. Special issues on teaching elderly students will be addressed, including pain management, fall prevention, spirituality and aging.
Highlights and Benefits of this Program
- A balance of lecture, movement, small-group work, practice-teaching sessions and discussion
- Yoga sessions geared to senior bodies, including chair-based practices and appropriately modified postures for those able to get down and up from the floor
- Learning about common ailments affecting older adults and how to respond to students’ complex medical challenges
- Conceptual models for skillfully adapting postures and practices
Coursework consists of a three-day, 24-hour training. A current RYT-200 registration or significant experience teaching adult yoga is required before taking this program.