Yoga for Healthy Aging
30 Hour Intensive
Baxter Bell and Melina Meza

January 9-13, 2017
9-12pm and 2-5pm
Namaste Berkeley



This course will provide instructions on maintaining your physical, mental, and emotional health as you age. The main focus of the course is on preventative strategies, covering:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Stress Management
  • Circulatory System/Heart Health
  • Brain Health
  • Medical Conditions (in general)
  • Equanimity

We’ll present the scientific background that explains how and why yoga works to foster healthy aging, so you’ll understand which techniques to use when. We’ll also teach you the essential yoga poses, yoga sequences, and other practices that will set you up for a lifetime of practice.

This intensive is designed for relatively healthy, relatively physically able participants. Not included in workshop: 1. Instructions for seniors who cannot stand unaided and need to practice in chairs 2. Information about yoga as therapy for specific medical conditions.

For certified yoga teachers, this course will provide supplemental, specialized training in yoga for healthy aging techniques, which you can then teach to your own students. For yoga students with one or more years of experience, this course will provide you with the tools to create a personalized yoga program that meets your particular needs and concerns.

For teachers who want YHFA Certification, you will need to:

  1. Attend an extra session on January 14 (1:00-5:00pm), where you’ll do a short teaching demonstration.
  2. Pass the take-home final that we provide.


Training: $800| $725 early bird
Training + Certification**: $950| $875 early bird
Early bird pricing available until September 30, 2016.

*This training is subject to a $75 non-refundable processing fee. No refunds after December 15, 2016. Pre-registration required. This course WILL SELL OUT so register early to secure your space.

**Certification will require a take-home final to be completed after the training, attendance at an additional afternoon, and an additional fee as listed in pricing options.


Baxter Bell, MD, eRYT500 is co-founder of and regular contributor to the Yoga for Healthy Aging blog, where he shares his knowledge of medical conditions, anatomy, and yoga with practitioners and teachers across the world. In addition to teaching classes, workshops, teacher trainings and retreats internationally, Baxter is a presenter at Yoga Journal Conferences and the International Association of Yoga Therapy’s Sytar Conference, and teaches online courses at Yoga U Online.

Melina Meza, BS Nutrition, Certified YFHA Teacher, Ayurvedic Health Educator, eRYT500, has been sharing her knowledge of Yoga for over 20 years and is one of the few certified teachers in Yoga for Healthy Aging. Since 1997, Melina has been teaching at 8 Limbs Yoga Center in Seattle, where she is Co-Director of their Teacher Training Program. Meza is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and contributing photographer for YFHA Blog. Currently residing in Oakland California, Melina facilitates year-round yoga workshops and retreats.