It’s hard to define “senior” these days. Often we think of seniors as being of a certain age or age range. But today, a senior person cannot be defined by his or her chronological age. In the Senior Yoga classes I have taught, participants have ranged in age from 55 to 104. A person who is 75 can be absolutely age-defying, extremely active and physically fit, as well as able to attend a general hatha yoga mat class. Often though, people come to Senior / Chair Yoga classes because they have mobility issues, very common as we age, of course, as well as with conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, joint replacements, stiffness and other often age-related medical conditions.
Working with this population is a beautiful gift and very inspiring. They are so eager to learn yoga, for so many it is new to them. Time and time again, participants are amazed at how the yoga makes them feel in their bodies – they notice more mobility and relaxation after just one session. Although, Senior Yoga is wonderful for seniors, it is an appropriate practice for anyone needing a gentle approach to yoga, as well as the support of a chair.
This training focuses on teaching chair yoga classes, as well as classes that combine both chair and mat yoga classes. You will learn how to teach people with different levels of mobility and health issues in an inclusive and safe way.
We will focus on age-appropriate movement, for the aging body, as well as taking into consideration what may be going on mentally and emotionally as we age. We will discuss in detail the most common health issues we see among students who attend senior / chair yoga classes, including high blood pressure, Parkinson’s Disease, previous stroke, joint replacement, partial hearing and sight loss, arthritis, osteoporosis and poor balance.
•Teaching chair yoga classes to seniors
•Teaching chair & mat combined yoga classes to seniors
•The art of sequencing these two types of classes
•How to work with students who have special physical needs, injuries & health conditions
•Touch and assisting seniors
•Facilitating a sharing circle to promote inclusivity and community
Saturday: 2:00-9:00pm (1-hour dinner break included)
Total Training Hours: 15
**Additionally, the book Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande is required reading. We will discuss this book in class.
In 2001, while teaching yoga at the YMCA, Jodi met a student with Parkinson’s Disease. His doctor had advised him to try yoga. Because of the severity of his Parkinson’s, it wasn’t the best fit for him to be in a group class setting. At that time, Jodi was a new teacher and was unfamiliar with Parkinson’s Disease and the benefits yoga could have. But, she believed in yoga and knew there must be benefits, so she began researching, and later began working privately with the student in his home. Over the months that Jodi met with him, she was amazed at how much he looked forward to the sessions. He relaxed during the sessions, and was able to practice a full chair yoga sequence that was tailored to meet his needs. Some years later, Jodi lived in Bend, and while there, began teaching yoga to seniors at the local senior center. In 2013, Jodi completed the Silver Age Yoga Teacher Training. Since 2014, Jodi has offered her Senior Yoga Teacher Training as part of a 500-hour teacher training program at Spirit Yoga in Osaka, Japan. Today, Jodi frequently teaches yoga to seniors living at University House in Wallingford, as well as privately.
Heather Danso is devoted to helping people lower stress and find new possibilities for health and movement through yoga, Reiki, mindfulness, and by honoring the intuition and experience of each individual. She incorporated Yoga and The FeldenkraisMethod® into her life as part of her development of strength and stability after multiple injuries. A former high school teacher and dancer, she brings not only experience, but extensive training in alignment and functional anatomy. Her classes and private lessons focus on developing body-awareness, compassion, intentionality, expressiveness, and kindness. (RYT 200, and Yoga for Parkinson’s; Reiki; The Feldenkrais Method; Restorative Yoga). Class heatherdanso.com
***Offered through Be Luminous Yoga, but held at Two Dog Yoga. This Training is also part of Be Luminous’ 500-Hour Training. You don’t have to be a student of Be Luminous to take the training, but in the future, these hours could apply toward their 500-Hour Level Certification.