Upcoming Yoga for Healthy Aging Intensives

by Baxter
July 2018 Yoga for Healthy Aging Intensive Attendees
Because we have been receiving inquires regarding when the next 30-hour Yoga for Healthy Aging Intensives will take place, I’ve decided it’s time to update you. We have completed our scheduled programs for 2018, but we are now scheduling for 2019 and beyond. 

As of this writing, we have the one definite intensive on the books for 2019 and we’re very close to finalizing another. Although we don’t yet have the details (such as costs, how to sign up), this will be available on my website www.baxterbell.com in the next two or three months. For now, use this information to save a date in your calendar: 

  • The definite intensive is: Namaste Yoga Studio, Berkeley, CA, June 24th-28th, 2019. 

  • The not-yet-finalized intensive, which will be a residential retreat, is Kripalu, in Massachusetts, for fall of 2019. We will announce it on the blog when it’s finalized. 

We are also looking for more venues for 2019 and 2020! Because we have the West and East Coast of the US covered, we are hoping to offer the course in other parts of the US and abroad. So if you have a yoga studio or retreat center in the US Southwest, Southeast, or Midwest or anywhere else in the world that would be interested in hosting a Yoga for Healthy Aging intensive in the future, please let us know. Email me at baxterbell@mac.com with your proposals.

About the Yoga for Healthy Aging Intensive

The 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: 

Stress Management
Circulatory System and Heart Health
Brain Health

Baxter and Melina Meza will present the scientific background that explains how and why yoga works to foster healthy aging, so you’ll understand which techniques to use when. They will 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 who have one or more years of yoga experience. Not included in workshop: 1) Instructions for seniors who cannot stand unaided and need to practice in chairs and 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 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 all the sessions during the intensive.

2. Attend the extra session at the end of the intensive, where you’ll do a short teaching demonstration.

3. Pass the take-home, open-book final that Baxter and Melina provide using the book Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being.

4. Provide a copy of your basic yoga teacher certificate (minimum 200-hour training required) or resume reflecting equivalent experience.


This will be determined and available once courses are confirmed and online 


Baxter Bell, MD, C-IAYT, eRYT500 is co-author with Nina Zolotow of Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being and a 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 has been a presenter at Yoga Journal Conferences and the International Association of Yoga Therapy’s Sytar Conference, and teaches online courses at YogaUOnline.

Melina Meza, eRYT500, BS Nutrition is a certified YFHA teacher and Ayurvedic health educator, who 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 co-director of their teacher-training program. Meza is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and contributing photographer for Yoga for Healthy Aging blog. Currently residing in Oakland California, Melina facilitates year-round yoga workshops and retreats. 

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