Yoga for Balance in Geriatrics

Do your older clients have poor balance and posture?

  • Are you a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant who is interested in adding some depth and variety to balance and postural training for your geriatric patients?
  • Are you a yoga teacher or fitness professional who is interested in a fresh perspective for your older clients and classes for seniors?

“Welcome to awesome, Kimberley! Your workshop, ‘Yoga for Better Balance and Posture in Older Adults’ was so amazing. It has already been a week.

I tried 2-3 asana’ s from the [balance and posture] workshop in my yoga classes this week and they loved it.

The students felt looser and walked out of my class with their posture more erect. I subscribed to your YouTube channel as well.”

-D.L.Sweet RYT- 200

Yoga for Better Balance and Posture in Older Adults

Dr. Kimberley Bell, DPT, has created a 12-hour professional continuing education course to introduce basic concepts in yoga instruction and share a sequence of yoga poses for balance and postural training, specifically for older adults. Physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, fitness professionals and yoga teachers are invited to attend.

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of skill from beginners with no experience to certified yoga teachers.

All participants will receive a photo-enhanced 90+ page training manual of all poses instructed.

Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants earn 1.2 PT CEUs, approved by the California Physical Therapy Association.

Geriatric Yoga

  • The final live offering of this course is complete. Join our Mailing List to receive announcements for future offerings.
  • Contact us if you would like to host this course at your yoga studio.
  • Two-day afternoon course with twelve hours of live instruction
  • Course runs from 12 noon-8:30pm Saturday (with a dinner break) and 12 noon-5:30pm Sunday
  • 12 hours of live instruction
  • 1.2 PT CEU’s for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants
  • Participants should bring yoga mat and wear workout clothes both days. A two-hour experiential, therapeutic yoga practice is included in the course schedule on both days.




Course Schedule

Saturday Schedule (seven hours of content)
12:00-12:30 Welcome, Course Objectives and Ground Rules (Lecture)
12:30-2:30 Asana Practice: Yoga for Better Balance Sequence #1 (Lab)
2:30-2:45 First Break
2:45-4:00 Yoga Philosophy Overview, Fundamentals of Yoga Instruction and Therapeutic Applications of Yoga (Lecture)
4:00-5:00 Screening Older Adults for Vertigo, Interventions for Dizziness During Yoga and Referring to a Vestibular Specialist (Lab)
5:00-6:15 Dinner Break
6:15-7:30 Alignment, Action, Props and Movement In/Out of Pose for Selected Postures (Lecture with Demonstration and Lab)
7:30-8:30 Use of Props, Verbal Cues and Proprioceptive Cues to Facilitate Proper Alignment and Action in Older Adults (Lecture with Demonstration and Lab)

Sunday Schedule (five hours of content)
12:00-12:15 Review of Key Concepts (Lecture)
12:15-2:15 Asana Practice: Yoga for Better Balance Sequence #2 (Lab)
2:15-2:30 First Break
2:30-4:00 Alignment, Action, Props and Movement In/Out of Pose for Selected Postures (Lecture with Demonstration and Lab)
4:00-4:15 Second Break
4:15-5:30 Teaching Asana One-on-One and Case Discussions (Lecture and Lab)

This is a beginner level course. Student to faculty ratio is 16 to 1. Type of instruction includes lecture, experiential yoga practice, demonstration and lab.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Learn about basic yoga philosophy
  • Understand the sequence of verbal cues given for instructing yoga poses
  • Experience two sequences of yoga poses to improve posture and balance
  • Explore the use of props to maintain proper alignment in the poses
  • Discuss geriatric considerations and safety recommendations for all poses experienced
  • Practice instructing yoga poses
  • Observe basic manual proprioceptive cues and adjustments given to students with limited range of motion
  • Discuss appropriate interventions for complaints of dizziness or vertigo during a yoga session

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