Senior's Yoga Teacher Training

Senior's Yoga Teacher Training

Senior's Yoga

Welcome to the Shanti Niketan Ashram's Senior Yoga Teacher Training Course. More and more seniors are interested in learning about and attending yoga classes. Since yoga can be adapted to all ages, lifestyles and abilities it is a perfect practice for those who are aging and wish to keep the body fit and the mind calm and relaxed.

As the popularity of yoga grows, even doctors are now recommending senior populations incorporate yoga into their health lifestyle. Yoga can help one sleep better, reduce anxiety, prevent injury, reduce or eliminate disease and stabilize emotions.

This specialized training is designed for yoga teachers who wish to learn practices and techniques for working with older populations. You will learn how to create classes for seniors, including chair and floor yoga sequences, appropriate breathing and visualization practices for seniors, the anatomy and physiology of aging and modifications for aging bodies and minds. Selecting a yoga class is often difficult for seniors as most teachers are not properly trained in working with older populations. This training covers the chronic conditions many seniors face and students will leave with a broad understanding of how to work with this specialized segment of yoga enthusiasts.

Yoga is for everyone, at any age. Hatha yoga is wonderful preventive medicine and with the increase of circulation and oxygen intake comes an increase of health. With improved health comes improved energy and greater enthusiasm and positivity in all aspects of ones life.

November 3-5, 2017

Class Schedule

  • Friday 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday 9:30am-4:00pm


The fee for this course is $295, paid in full at the time of application.

If you prefer incremental payments, you may instead pay $150 at the time of application, plus one payment of $175 (due 45 days before the training begins) — for a total of $325.

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Course Curriculum
Appropriate Breathing Techniques Chair and Floor Yoga for Seniors Anatomy and Physiology of Aging
Intelligent Sequencing and Variations Yoga Therapeutics for Seniors Working with Conditions and Injuries
Appropriate Meditation Techniques Common Concerns for Seniors Relaxation Visualizations and Techniques
Course Requirements
Prerequisites for this training are that you have completed a basic teacher training program and that you understand the core yoga poses (standing, sitting, forward bends, backbends, inversions, and restoratives. If you are not a certified yoga teacher but believe your foundation and knowledge of yoga is strong, we will consider on an individual basis if this program is appropriate for you.
You will be required to complete reading assignments before the training program begins.
To be eligible for certification you must attend all training sessions, complete assigned readings, successfully pass the practical and written exams, teach 4-6 free classes in the community, and offer a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer services at a retirement center or nursing home.
Leslie Blackwell is a senior teacher at the ashram. She has been teaching Senior's Yoga since 2005 and has more than 27 years of teaching experience total. Her teachings are inspired and are in gratitude to her Guru, Chandra Om. She believes teaching is an extension of her spiritual journey through the holy science of Yoga.

Lakshmi Om is a beautiful example of living Yoga. Director of the ashram, she is also a direct disciple of Chandra Om. She has been teaching at the ashram since 2003 and her teaching is an offering of gratitude to her Guru for all that she has been given. Lakshmi hopes to impart to all the essential qualities of compassion and unconditional love. She has dedicated her life to the service of humanity.