Senior Yoga Pros

Senior Yoga Pros Presents:

Chair Yoga for Seniors and the Health Challenged

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Next Event: February 15-18, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ. 35 Yoga Alliance CEUs

Experience the joys and benefits of working with seniors and the health-challenged.

  • Do you want to make a difference in the lives of seniors and those that are health-challenged?
  • Are you teaching chair yoga and want to expand what you are offering your students?
  • Are you worried you are going to hurt someone with osteoporosis, hip replacements and shoulder problems?
  • Do you want to make your classes more fun and interesting?
  • Do you want to attract more students to your classes?
  • Would you like to know how to use inexpensive props with seniors?
  • Would you like coaching by two experienced teachers?

Don’t be caught unprepared- Get the knowledge, training and skills you need  to
best serve these clients.

Program includes:

  1. Extensive educational materials

    1. Age Without Limits – Over 200 Chair and Standing Yoga Poses for Seniors and the Health-Challenged, a 393-page book with >700 pictures and step-by-step instructions.
    2. 100-page instructional manual on how to teach seniors — download from Internet
    3. Better Balance for Daily Living video of a 93-year-old woman doing yoga in her home.
  2. Learning how to observe, assess older adults/health-challenged and address their specific needs

    1. Observe residents of an independent and assisted living center.
    2. See and talk to seniors from 60 to 90 doing an advanced chair yoga class.
    3. Plan a sequence of poses that will be good for the people you observe.
  3. Learning how to properly teach poses to those with age and/or health challenges

    1. Sitting in a chair
    2. Standing by a chair
    3. Hands on the chair seat
    4. Wall poses
    5. Pose modifications
    6. Unique use of props

Why specialize in teaching the 50+/challenged crowd?

  1. There is a tremendous demand for chair and standing yoga that does not require getting up and down from the floor.
    1. 76.4 million boomers want to stay fit, stay healthy and enjoy their retirement.
    2. One in seven people in the USA is 65 and older
    3. The median income for this age group is increasing more rapidly than any other age groups. (US census 2015).
    4. One in three people doing yoga are over fifty and they need instructors who know how to teach them.
    5. This age group attends on a regular basis keeping your classes full.

Training open to:

  • Yoga teachers
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Body workers
  • Older adults
  • Caregivers

Our Educators –Amy Kraft, E-RYT 500 and Janet Rae Humphrey, C-IAYT, E-RYT 200:

  • Over 5,000 hours of training in functional anatomy, biomechanics and therapeutics
  • Combined 50-years teaching experience with students up to 100-years old
  • 20-years experience in medical research and clinical care including neuromuscular diseases

Register early so you have plenty of time to read your fabulous resource materials:

$795 including lunches and materials

For your place at the next (Feb. 15-18, 2018) session Register and pay here.

Questions:  or Phone:

Amy: 406 546-6922
480 656-0791

Vibrant and Inspirational women
I met two vibrant and inspirational women, (Janet Rae Humphrey, E-RYT and Amy Kraft, E-RYT) passionate about giving senior students wellness through yoga. I had the opportunity to observe them both teaching women and men in their sixties through nineties.

One class in particular was a revelation; the ladies began the class in chairs, but progressed to powerful flowing standing poses. Their stamina was revelatory. Their joy was palpable. There was a sense of camaraderie and playfulness, manifested by joking and easy laughter. Teacher and students moved with graceful precision and focus. Each glowing face was more proud and beautiful than the next.

After class, the students shared how long they had been doing yoga and how it helped them. They reported improved balance, flexibility, and strength. They found pain relief for various chronic conditions such as arthritis. They also talked about coming to class to be with friends to have fun. Finally, each person thanked the teacher for her respectful guidance and compassion.

I was profoundly moved and inspired by teacher and students. As a yogini dedicated to teaching baby boomers and beyond, the workshop further reinforced for me the numerous benefits of yoga to our growing aging population. Yoga is a safe way to stay healthy because the practice can be adapted to meet the physical demands of aging. Yoga also helps mental and emotional stress; the yoga practitioner is more capable of coping with change, such as loss and loneliness, more commonplace as the years progress. Yoga teachers can offer gentle adjustments in class to offer both physical support in poses and emotional support through touch to connect to the student.

But most of all, I witnessed determined women who are comfortable in their bodies. They embody wisdom and prove that growing older can be approached with acceptance and dignity. One student, who had never been physical and as just started yoga, proved it is never too late to start practicing to choose health. A young friend once told me he saw death when he was around seniors; I see life. -Nadine Kelly, MD