Yoga Professional Training: Therapeutic Yoga for 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 populationis 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
Duke Integrative Medicine is offering a unique opportunity for yoga teachers to earn a certificate of completion in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors. This pioneering eight-day program designed for registered yoga teachers combines the best of modern, evidenced based medicine with the ancient wisdom, experience and tradition of Yogic teachings.
Duke medical experts- physicians, exercise physiologists, physical therapists and health psychologists- will cover health conditions common to seniors, such as heart disease, arthritis and osteoporosis. Experienced yoga therapists will provide hands-on training in appropriately modifying postures for safe an effective work with older adults, with emphasis on those new to yoga. Special issues in teaching elderly students will be addressed, including pain management, fall prevention, spirituality, and aging.
Held in our first-of-its-kind 27,000 square foot facility, located in a wooded area down the road from Duke University Medical Center, the program will also offer an opportunity for networking, group support and receiving continuing education credits from the Yoga Alliance.