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Here are resources for finding a teacher in your area.

Yoga Journal’s Online Yoga Teachers Directory:

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 Alper

Nora Burnett

Sam Dworkis
Recovery Yoga
(561) 333-3690

Betty Eiler

Janice Freeman-Bell, RYT
Life Center, Cal State University, Sacramento

Shirley Davenport French
Iyengar Yoga Centre Society
202–919 Fort St., Victoria, BC, V8V 3K3
(250) 386-YOGA (9642)

Carol Krucoff, R.Y.T.

Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., P.T.

Leigh A. Milne, RMT, RYT, PFT
A slide show of Leigh’s study on the benefits of yoga for seniors can be viewed on her Web site.

Toni Montez

Ramanand Patel
1378 30th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122–1410

Sandra Pleasants

Felice Rhiannon

Barbara Wiechmann

Eleanor Williams

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)
(928) 541-0004
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 Institute of San Francisco
(415) 753-0909
This is where I learned how to teach yoga to people at midlife and older!

Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States
(800) 889-YOGA (9642)

Iyengar Yoga Resources
International, comprehensive Web site for Iyengar yoga

Julie Lawrence
Julie Lawrence Yoga Center
Portland, Oregon
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.

Yoga Alliance
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
(800) 253-6243

Yoga Journal
(800) 600-9642
Information on all aspects of yoga. Annual directory of teachers internationally.

Everything Yoga
Yoga Doctors, Yoga Therapists and Yoga Therapy Centers

Baxter Bell, M.D.
(510) 681-4161
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.

Roger Cole, Ph.D.
(858) 720-0076
Roger Cole is a scientist, yoga teacher and expert on sleep physiology. He teaches workshops nationally and internationally.

Gail Dubinsky, M.D.
Specializes in repetitive stress injury with yoga. Videos available.

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.

Prime of Life Yoga
Larry Payne, Ph.D.
(800) 359-0171

Krishna Raman, M.D.
10 12th Cross St., Indira Nagar
Chennai-600 020, India,
490 0980

Rehab Yoga
Dalia Zwick, P.T. 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.
(508) 367-6311
Programs for people with chronic illness and post-rehabilitation needs.

Stone Center for Yoga & Health
Charlotte Chandler Stone (Hamsa)
(201) 833-5955
Charlotte is a Certified Structural Yoga Therapist with advanced training in working with those with osteoporosis and osteopenia.

Yoga and Breast Health Workshops
Joanna Colwell

Yoga and Osteoporosis
Sara Meeks, Yoga and Physical Therapy
(888) 330 7272

Yoga for the Heart Training
Nischala Joy Devi
(415) 459-5336
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.

Yoga Therapy Center
Mukunda Stiles
(305) 442-7004
Healthy Aging Web Sites

American Association of Retired* Persons
* I vote for changing “Retired” to “Renewed,” “Refreshed,” “Re-energized,” “Re-invented” or something like that!

Gray Panthers
(800) 280-5362 or (202) 737-6637
An advocacy organization promoting the rights of senior citizens, founded by the unforgettable Maggie Kuhn.

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

Gemini Track Wall Rope System
(805) 568-5309

The Great Yoga Wall
(775) 781-0468

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 and many other Iyengar yoga prop Web sites.

Yoga Props
(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

Custom Yoga Props
(888) 870-2600 or (480) 642-8455
A source for yoga chairs, wooden yoga props such as the horse and other props.

Tools for Yoga
(888) 678-YOGA (9642)
Ropes, chairs and more!

Miscellaneous Prop Sources

Bakti Bheka Yoga Supplies
(800) 366-4541

Hugger-Mugger Yoga Products
(800) 473-4888

(800) 488-8414

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.

Lilias Folan

Patricia Walden
Patricia Walden’s schedule can be found at

Yoga and the Gentle Art of Healing: A Journey of Recovery After Breast Cancer
Susan Rosen
(858) 481-3912

Yoga at 92: The Bernard Spira Story
Shaw/Shapiro Productions
(310) 821-7844

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
Peggy Cappe

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.