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June 22, 2005 - 11:13 am
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I have been regularly practicing Ashtanga for five years and now my aunt wants to learn Yoga. She is 76 years of age. She will gain benefits but, where would you suggest I start her Yoga practice?

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Yoga can be very safe and effective for seniors--if yoga teachers are properly trained to modify the practice appropriately for older adults with common conditions such as osteoporosis, arthrtis and heart disease. But if instructors don't understand how to work with seniors who have these health conditions, yoga could cause harm. Our Yoga for Seniors teacher training, held since 2007 at Duke Integrative Medicine--part of the Duke University Health System--focuses on helping teachers adapt the practice safely and effectly to older bodies, minds, and spirits. For more information, please visit http://www.dukeintegrativemedicine.org, click on Professional Trainings and scroll to Yoga. Or visit http://www.yoga4seniors.com. Read a review of our training in the current issue (winter 2010) of Yoga Therapy Today, the International Association of Yoga Therapists quarterly magazine.

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I agree with you Carol. Viniyoga, Restorative, and Iyengar yoga teachers have been trained to modify techniques. I suppose there are fitness yoga teachers who don't have the proper training to modify techniques for their students. For any teacher with an open mind there is the ability to learn. We all have gaps in training or education that need attention. Problem is travel, expense, and my job is strict about time off.

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