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In which Yoga class will you have the most diverse mix of abilities?

Trina Bawden-Smith - Monday, February 18, 2019


In which Yoga class will you have the most diverse mix of abilities? If you answered seniors, you are correct. The research shows that a typical Yoga class of seniors is likely to represent the most diverse mix of abilities of any age group. 

In 2016, 1 in 7 Australians were over the age of 65 years. Half of this population had 3 or more chronic diseases, were having advanced surgery or recovering from acute illness.

It is vital that yoga teachers and therapists have the pathophysiological knowledge to understand how these ageing changes will effect your yoga students if you teach students in this age group.

After a highly successful workshop last year, Liz Williams, will be offering another Learn to Teach Yoga to Seniors workshop. 

"The workshop far exceeded my expectations in terms of presentation, material, notes and engagement. It was absolutely excellent. Liz's delivery was superb." - 2018 participant.

Liz is a highly experienced health educator who has worked in the health sector for 40 years. Liz has a Masters of Clinical Science in Aged Care and Healthy Ageing and a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health (Aged Care). She is a Yoga therapy educator and is extremely passionate about her work with older people. She has a vast amount of knowledge to share with you. 



You will learn:
•             The Primary and Secondary ageing changes and the effects on the body
•             The neuroscience of ageing and how this effects emotions and attitude
•             How to modify a yoga practice to minimise harm for the older student
•             The benefits a yoga practice provides to increase acceptance of the ageing process
•             The main physiological changes that occur due to ageing and
•             The effects these changes have on the body
•             About osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, heart failure, emphysema/COPD, falls and sarcopenia.
•             About the psychological changes that occur with ageing 
•             Which pranayama and meditation practices are beneficial and 
•             How to include these practices in your classes
•             Precautions and recommendations for a safe and effective yoga program so that the older person can remain as active as possible

Who Should Attend? 
• Yoga therapists, yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainees
• Medical doctors, health professionals and complementary therapists 

Benefits of attending the Learn to teach Yoga to Seniors workshop:
• Learn from Liz Williams, leading yoga for seniors educator and healthy aging specialist
• Learn practical tools and techniques that you can apply immediately with your students and clients
• Educate yourself about the safest and most effective way to teach Yoga to your older students
• Connect with a network of yoga teachers and therapists working in this field
• Deepen your knowledge of Yoga as a therapeutic practice
• Yoga therapist/teachers are eligible for 14 Continuing Professional Development points

This workshop will only be offered once in 2019 in Sydney.
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