Anatomy of Aging and Movement: Yogic Empowerment for an Aging Population

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Sherry Zak Morris

Sherry is the CEO and Founder of Yoga Vista, an online community for people dedicated to staying active at every stage of life. As Director and Co-Founder of the Yoga Vista Academy, Sherry has a proven track record for empowering and igniting passion for 50+ yoga and wellness and has presented for...
Thursday, April 23 & Monday, April 27, 2020 
8:30 pm Eastern / 5:30 pm Pacific

Anatomy of Aging and Movement: Yogic Empowerment for an Aging Population

We have seen it in almost every society, people are living longer. This means there is an impending need to keep the aging body and mind healthy to support  independence, mobility and tranquility. Escalating healthcare costs for "end of life" supportive aids for ambulation, and dependent living requirements are in the future of those who are not healthy enough to sustain their physical independence. We can help to change this dynamic by empowering our older adult students with yogic tools to keep their structures strong and their minds sharp through the practice of yoga.

As yoga teachers and healthcare professionals, we are in a position to educate a generation who relied on the "doctor" to remedy all that ached and pained them. There is no greater feeling as a yoga teacher than to see the big improvements yoga can bring to the aging body. Those improvements range from better balance, improved proprioceptive abilities, stronger bones and muscles, and a mind that is quick and bright.

With yoga, we can take a body that has been injured, wounded, twisted and surgically manipulated and bring it closer to homeostasis by applying the interconnected principles of anatomy, aging and movement. What movements are appropriate for a 25-year old body might not be appropriate for a 50+ year old body, and not everyone ages the same. But there are common issues, conditions and injuries that often occur as we age that are to be understood so that we can teach with knowledge, skills and confidence in a group class setting.

In this course, Sherry provides a foundation for understanding the anatomy and movement principles of the aging body when working with yoga students in their midlife and elder years. It is not your typical bones, muscles and memorization format that we may have taken in our yoga teacher or health career trainings.  It is focused on the anatomy of aging and the anatomy of movement, and how yoga works and needs to be modified to accommodate the aging body.

What this Course Contains:

  • A one-hour lecture on the anatomy of aging which will cover how our physical structures age over time and what common issues, conditions and injuries can occur.

  • A one-hour lecture on the anatomy of movement and safe guidelines for working with students who have movement limitations.

  • A one-hour chair yoga class that integrates the anatomy and movement modifications we learned so that we can experience for ourselves a safe practice for the aging body.


What You Will Learn:

  • How the physical body ages and what “common” things occur that we universally share as human beings

  • Investigate how we can prevent some of these conditions and/or symptoms with specific knowledge

  • How we can possibly improve or correct some conditions that have already manifested in our bodies and/or the bodies of our students.

  • How to hone our observation skills to assess posture and gait patterns of our students in order to offer corrective actions and asanas

  • How to deliver a safe and effective chair yoga class for older adults


This Course Also Includes:

Chair Yoga Practice Video: Enjoy a yoga practice video that accompanies this course where Sherry leads a class of senior adults.

Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions - both MP3 (downloadable) and MP4 (streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.

Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.


This course qualifies for 3 non-contact hour CEUs with Yoga Alliance.

Thursday, April 23 & Monday, April 27, 2020 
8:30 pm Eastern / 5:30 pm Pacific