Here are resources for finding a teacher in your area.
Yoga Journal’s Online Yoga Teachers Directory: www.yogajournal.com
List of Featured Yoga Teachers in The New Yoga for Healthy Aging
Yoga Fact Sheets
Top Ten Reasons to Try Yoga (PDF document)
How to Choose a Yoga School (PDF document)
How to Choose a Yoga Teacher (PDF document)
Yoga and Weight Management (PDF document)
Yoga and Stress Reduction (PDF document)
More Yoga Links
Suza’s Favorite Books for Teaching Yoga to People Over 50
Yoga Teachers and Resources featured in The New Yoga for Healthy Aging
Yoga Teachers featured in The New Yoga for Healthy Aging
Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., P.T.
1378 30th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122–1410
Finding a Teacher in Your AreaThe organizations, directories, associations and registries listed here can help you find a qualified teacher in your area. Most yoga centers offer introductory courses, level-one or beginner classes that may be suitable for all ages, including seniors. Others have special classes described as “Yoga 50+,” “Yoga for Seniors,” “Gentle Iyengar Yoga” or similar wording that indicates that the class considers the needs of older students. Some teachers state in their brochures that they have a “special interest in working with midlife and older students.”
B. K. S. Iyengar’s Web Site
The Green Yoga Association
Offers resources for yoga studios to “green” their businesses. Their online newsletter has links to green studios, practitioners and products, as well as eco-friendly yoga props. Healthy aging and the health of the planet are intimately connected.
International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
Here you can find teachers, therapists, doctors and other health practitioners who utilize yoga in their practices. The IAYT Web site has links to extensive bibliographies that contain information on what yoga resources are available for a wide range of health and aging-related topics.
Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States
(800) 889-YOGA (9642)
Iyengar Yoga Resources
International, comprehensive Web site for Iyengar yoga
Julie Lawrence Yoga Center
Gentle, slower-paced Iyengar yoga classes, ideal for seniors. Programs here are being studied by researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University.
Silver Age Yoga
Frank Iszak, Director, Founder
7968 Arjons Drive, Suite 213
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 693-3110; toll free: (866) 751-0011
Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach (SAYCO) is a nonprofit organization that trains teachers how to teach seniors and improve the lives of seniors by providing affordable yoga classes.
Toll-free: (877) 964-2255
Yoga Alliance registers both individual teachers and teacher training programs (schools) who have complied with educational standards established by the organization.
Yoga International Magazine
Information on all aspects of yoga. Annual directory of teachers internationally.
Yoga Doctors, Yoga Therapists and Yoga Therapy Centers
Baxter Bell, M.D.
Dr. Bell teaches yoga in northern California, nationally and internationally. He integrates the therapeutic applications of yoga with Western medicine and lectures to health care professionals around the country. Newsletter and videos.
Dynamic Systems Rehabilitation Center
Matthew J. Taylor, P.T., Ph.D., RYT
Integrative Yoga Therapy Training
A teacher training emphasizing a multi-systems approach to supporting students with health challenges.
Timothy McCall, M.D.
Medical Editor for Yoga Journal. Writes online columns on yoga therapy.
Dalia Zwick, P.T.
Rehabyoga.com is an educational Web site designed to communicate the benefits of yoga for rehabilitating people with physical disability, their caregivers and their therapists.
Sacred Space Health Center
Lori Newell M.A., C.P.T.
Programs for people with chronic illness and post-rehabilitation needs.
Stone Center for Yoga & Health
Charlotte Chandler Stone (Hamsa)
Charlotte is a Certified Structural Yoga Therapist with advanced training in working with those with osteoporosis and osteopenia.
Yoga for the Heart Training
Nischala Joy Devi
Nischala Joy Devi developed the pioneering yoga programs for Drs. Dean Ornish and Michael Lerner. This course is for teachers and people living with heart disease, cancer and other debilitating diseases.
American Association of Retired* Persons
* I vote for changing “Retired” to “Renewed,” “Refreshed,” “Re-energized,” “Re-invented” or something like that!
Living Over Aging
Information on holistic gerontology
National Institute on Aging
Andrew Weil, M.D.
Offers the latest research on healthy aging.
Yoga PropsThe companies listed here have excellent educational Web sites, catalogs and instructional booklets that demonstrate the many uses of yoga props.
Sources for Yoga Wall Ropes
How to Use Wall Ropes
The booklet Yoga Kurunta: An Exploration in the Use of Wall Ropes for the Practice of Yoga Asanas, by Chris Saudek, is meant to be used under the guidance of an Iyengar yoga teacher. Available through Iyengar yoga Web sites, including www.customyogaprops.com and many other Iyengar yoga prop Web sites.
(888) 856-YOGA (9642)
A set of wall ropes comes with an instructional booklet: The Yoga Props Wall Ropes Usage Guide by E. Kay Eskenazi and Ruth Steiger.
Sources for Yoga Chairs and Other Props
Miscellaneous Prop Sources
Bakti Bheka Yoga Supplies
Hugger-Mugger Yoga Products
Yoga Videos for Older Students and Their Teachers
Finding Felicity: The Life of Felicity Green
An inspiring video about senior teacher Felicity Green, one of my first teachers.
Patricia Walden’s schedule can be found at www.yoga.com.
Yoga at 92: The Bernard Spira Story
Yoga for Scoliosis with Elise Browning Miller
This video/DVD by Elise B. Miller, scoliosis and back care expert, is the next best thing to taking a yoga workshop with her. The companion booklet alone is worth the cost.
Yoga for the Rest of Us
Yoga for the Young at Heart with Susan Winter Ward
(800) 558-YOGA (9642)
Yoga with Eric Small
Yoga for multiple sclerosis and other health challenges.