Teaching Yoga to Seniors | Certificate Training


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with Kimberly Carson & Carol Krucoff

March 1-4, 2018, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon

Teaching Yoga to Seniors

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.

Earn a Certificate of Completion

Yoga Calm is offering a unique opportunity to earn a certificate of completion in Teaching Yoga to Seniors by bringing the Carson-Krucoff training to the West Coast.

This 24-hour program is designed specifically for registered yoga teachers. It combines the best of modern, evidence-based medicine with the ancient wisdom, experience and tradition of Yogic teachings.

Yoga Therapists Carol Krucoff (Duke Integrative Medicine) and Kimberly Carson (OHSU) will cover health conditions common to seniors, such as heart disease, arthritis and osteoporosis. Then in 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 also be addressed, including pain management, fall prevention, and spirituality and aging.

Each day of this training involves

  • A balance of lecture, movement, skill-building sessions, and discussion
  • Yoga sessions geared to mature bodies, including chair-based practices and appropriately modified postures for those able to get down to and up from the floor
  • Learning about common ailments affecting older adults and how to respond to students’ complex medical challenges
  • Integrating a conceptual model for skillfully adapting postures and practices.


Meet course instructor Carol Krucoff as she discusses their new book, Relax into Yoga, which was based on this teacher training (1.5 mins)

Read Kimberly and Carol's article in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine's about essential considerations to safely teach yoga to seniors.


$495 Course Fee ($550 after February 4 - Extended date); Includes the Carson-Krucoff book, Relax Into Yoga for Seniors
10% Group Discounts (Groups of 3 or more)

Course registrants must have an existing RYT-200 registration with Yoga Alliance, equivalent experience teaching yoga or experience using movement therapeutically with older adult populations. (Contact us if you have any questions).

Online Course Bonus

This training will be filmed for the creation of a future online course. In return for participating, you will receive the instructor's book and free access to the online course for three years, a great way to review course content and activities.

Get Credit!

24-hour training qualifies towards Yoga Alliance continuing education requirements for existing RYTs (Yoga Alliance requires that RYTs submit a minimum of 30 hours of yoga training every three years.)

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Kimberly Carson, MPH, C-IAYT, E-RYT, is a yoga therapist and health educator at OHSU and Duke Integrative Medicine. She also teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and has coauthored studies and developed protocols using yoga and meditation for various medical conditions.

Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT, is a yoga therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine and author of several books including Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less and Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain.

Kimberly and Carol are co-directors of Yoga for Seniors, co-authors of the book, Relax into Yoga for Seniors:  A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Pain Relief and co-creators of the DVD “Relax into Yoga for Seniors.”  More information about their program is at www.yoga4seniors.com.


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