This intensive is designed for relatively healthy, relatively physically able participants.

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

SAVE THE DATE: June 24-29, 2019

Namaste Berkeley

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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 YFHA Certification, you will need to:

  1. Attend an extra session on July 29, 2019 (12:30-4:00pm), where you’ll do a short teaching demonstration.
  2. Pass the take-home final that we provide.
  3. Purchase the Yoga for Healthy Aging book, available at Namaste (recommended for everyone).
  4. Attend all weekday sessions.


Training + Certification**:
Early bird pricing.

*This training is subject to a $75 non-refundable processing fee. No refunds after June 15, 2019. 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 cofounder and regular contributor to the Yoga for Healthy Aging blog, where he shares his knowledge of yoga as a tool for maintaining health as we age with practitioners and teachers across the world. He is also co-author with Nina Zolotow of the book Yoga for Healthy Aging. Baxter teaches classes, workshops, teacher trainings and retreats internationally, and is a regular presenter at yoga conferences in the US and beyond. He also has 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. Since 1997, Melina has been teaching at 8 Limbs Yoga Center in Seattle, where she is Director of their Teacher Training Program. Meza is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and and can be found yoga video channels: Yoga Anytime, YogaUOnline and Gaia. Currently residing in Oakland California, Melina facilitates year-round yoga workshops and retreats.