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Yoga for Healthy Aging Comes to the Chicago Area!

By Ninazolotow @Yoga4HealthyAge
by Baxter

The Yoga for Healthy Aging Intensive/Teacher Training is finally hitting the road. Chicago, here we come!Yes, we are excited to share the news that the next Yoga for Healthy Aging intensive/teacher training will be held will be held in the Chicago, Ill area at Prairie Yoga, on October 23rd-30th, 2017. This intensive will co-taught by Baxter Bell and Melina Meza. This will be our first Yoga for Healthy Aging intensive/teacher training outside of the San Francisco Bay Area. For some time, we have been getting requests for some time to offer this program outside of the Bay Area, and we are so excited that the wonderful owners of Prairie Yoga have invited us to their lovely studio in the Chicago area to do just that! If you want to hear what the intensive/teacher training was like for the attendees of our most recent intensive, check out our this video: 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: 

  • Strength 
  • Flexibility 
  • Agility 
  • Balance 
  • Stress Management 
  • Circulatory System and Heart Health 
  • Brain Health 
  • Medical Conditions (in general) 
  • Equanimity 
Baxter and Melina 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. 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 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 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 final that Baxter and Melina provide.
4. Provide a copy of your basic yoga teacher certificate (minimum 200hr training required) (or resume reflecting equivalent experience)
PRICING
Training:
$950 early price paid in full by Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
$1050 thereafter 
Training Plus Certification: 

$1100 early price paid in full by Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
$1200 thereafter 

Yoga for Healthy Aging Comes to the Chicago Area!Baxter Bell, MD, C-IAYT, eRYT500 is 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 is a past 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 YFHA Blog. Currently residing in Oakland California, Melina facilitates year-round yoga workshops and retreats.
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