Compassionate Senior & Chair Yoga
Led by Heather Hagaman C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, MA
Dates to be determined for 2019 (aiming for summer 2019). If interested, kindly fill out the form at the bottom of the page.
Beloved Yoga is committed to offering classes that cultivate safety no matter your age. Today, seniors, aged 65 and older, represent the fastest-growing sector of the population. With all the latest research on yoga’s health benefits, many seniors are beginning yoga practices. Almost 20% of America’s nearly 16 million yoga practitioners are over age 44 (Yoga Journal 20008), which presents both an unexpected opportunity and a sometimes serious challenge for yoga teachers. While some older adults are extremely healthy and fit, the “average” senior has at least one chronic health condition (at least 80%) and 50% have at least two (CDC 2003).
Our Beloved Yoga Compassionate Senior Yoga Certification is designed to ensure that asana practice can be customized and safe to offer the best health benefits for an aging body. You will learn a combination of chair and gentle yoga postures with standing and floor sequences designed to reach all of your senior students regardless of their health and fitness challenges. There also will be strategies to cultivate a fun, caring community as studies confirm we are lonelier than ever; perhaps no other age feels the sting of loneliness more than the elderly.
What you will learn in this training:
Each day of the training will include lecture, movement, small-group work, practice-teaching sessions and discussion. The topics we will cover include:
*How to safely and effectively teach Yoga practices geared for the changing needs of older bodies
*Breathing techniques to soothe and energize the nervous system
*Common ailments, complex medical challenges, brain health and the importance of sleep hygiene in healthy aging
*How to skillfully adapt postures and practices with the use of props and chairs to address special conditions, including osteoporosis, hip replacements, arthritis, and menopausal challenges.
*Yoga practices to help improve and enhance balance
*Meditative and Restorative practices.
Help Seniors Feel Empowered
As people age, the efficiency of one’s bodies and the immune system’s defenses deteriorate, increasing the risk of sickness. A regular practice taught for seniors by Certified Beloved Yoga Compassionate Senior yoga teachers can lower stress hormones and inflammation, boost the immune system, and decrease the chance of sickness!