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Teaching Boomer Yoga
February 17 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Teaching Boomer Yoga
A Workshop for Yoga Teachers
According to a recent Yoga Alliance and Yoga Journal report on Yoga in America, almost 40% of the 37 million people practicing yoga in the United States are over the age of 50. Many yoga teachers find themselves unsure how to lead classes appropriate to the varied levels of physical fitness and yoga experience within this population. Or they feel intimidated when they are told they need to learn about all the possible physical issues more common in the senior population: osteoporosis, arthritis, COPD or CAD.
One approach to this is offering “Yoga for Seniors” with a very gentle physical practice. But, just like yoga students of all ages, Boomer students come to yoga for many reasons so this “gentle” approach is not ideal for everyone. Many start yoga because they want to keep their bodies working. They want to play with grandchildren, work in gardens, improve sex life, and generally feel a sense of accomplishment at having mastered new skills. But then, just like younger students, many of these students are pleased to find their mind is quiet after spending an hour thinking of nothing but their physical practice.
In ‘Teaching Boom Yoga’, we will prepare you to teach a yoga class that allows students living with the affects of aging to experience the joy of moving with their breath, quieting their mind, and starting to feel better. We will give you the confidence to teach this age group and the skills to create space for any limitations (whether perceived or real) due to aging or injury.
You will learn a specific sequence of postures based on Beryl Bender Birch’s “Boomer Yoga” along with simple tools you can use to adapt the postures to suit the needs of a wide range of physical abilities -regardless of the availibility of props. We will also emphasize language skills that help to normalize differing abilities and foster self-awareness and self-care for each student.
This workshop will begin with a yoga posture practice. This will be followed by discussion and an opportunity to practice teaching a portion of the class (in other words, be prepared to do yoga postures two times during the workshop).
This course is ideal for yoga teachers looking to develop their teaching to meet the needs of a growing segment of the yoga population, or seasoned yoga practitioners who work with this demographic in some other capacity, such as nurses or home health care workers.
This course will not teach you, like so many courses out there claim to do, how to become a pseudo-physical therapist, work with specific physical conditions, or to be an expert on geriatrics. What it will do is empower you to create safe space where students can begin to learn to pay attention to their own bodies and explore movement within their own comfortable and safe range of motion.
Early Registration Rate: Registered by February 1, 2018: $97
Regular Rate: $137.00
Book Fee:There is a $15 fee in addition to tuition for the book “Boomer Yoga”
Pre-requisites: Completion of a 200-hour YTT or substantial prior yoga experience.
Continuing Education Credits: 5 CE hours are available with Yoga Alliance. Please notify us before the training if you wish to receive CE’s.