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Yoga Inversions for Seniors?!
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December 26, 2009 - 2:22 pm
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Oh yes, the threat of a liability suit is such a grand idea. Supposedly "civilized countries" have so many wonderful lawsuits over the most trivial matters. Imagine suing anyone for entering into an activity that you have freely chosen to do. Who forces you to practice Yoga?

For that one reason (liability), Mukerjee is correct to mention a few of the many negative possibilities that may arise from having seniors perform inverted yoga asanas in your classes. Sadly, there are many more possibilities which haven't been mentioned here.

Yoga teachers beware, and research this topic. Do you know if a student has pre-existing cerebral aneurysms? Do you know if a student has pre-existing giant saccular aneurysm or pre-existing intracranial saccular aneurysms? Do you know if a student has a previous medical history of head trauma or subarachnoid hemorrhage? Why would you have them stand on their head, if you don't know?

Read, research, become informed, and forget about arrogance. The uninformed can afford to be ignorant, but anyone who has chosen to become a Yoga teacher can't afford to be uninformed.

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January 21, 2011 - 8:04 pm
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Inversions for seniors! Maybe if they practiced all their lives and don't have any health problems. If they have HBP, glaucoma, previous stroke, heart conditions, epilepsy, cervical spine problems, etc., you would be crazy to endanger their lives!

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I wish that Mukerjee's original post was visible, but it seems like the last forum upgrade took his post out. However inversions for seniors aren't the wisest activity. Consider high blood pressure, aneurysm, heart problems, neurological disorders, eye problems or neck problems. Teachers who encourage students to take big risks are making headlines. Most teachers are very safe, but the few who would push their students off a cliff are bad for all of us and bad for yoga.

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We apologize for that Dreamy. Are you teaching Yoga now? If you were to ask what would you recommend for senior practitioners?

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Hi Julie

Yes, I am teaching. My suggestion would be that seniors be considered unique students just like any other age category. The reason for mentioning this is that as I have become a senior myself, there are a large number of us who are taking medication for high blood pressure, heart problems, and possibly some neurological problems. Not to mention that eye conditions, neck problems and aneurisms are also to be considered. These might not be problems common to the average teenager or young adult, but they are worth considering as we age. At the same time, there will always be someone who is older and in a great state of health. However, those people, who are in good health, can easily participate in classes with middle-aged or young adults.

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Dreamy,
I guess every instructor should coordinate with medical health practitioners concerning their students, specially for seniors. For them to develop a comprehensive and safe yoga sequence. You have a really good point and a good perspective in the reality of the practice. I hope what you said will be valuable information for those who are thinking of teaching yoga for clients in the older age range. Thank you Dreamy.

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