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Yoga for Healthy Aging Certification

Tools for a Lifetime of Vitality and Well-Being

June 23 - 30, 2017

Friday - Friday, 7 nights

$910 Tuition

Plus 7 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

Registration Closed

Program Description

The track for certified yoga teachers seeking certification includes supplemental, specialized training in yoga for healthy aging techniques, which you can then teach to your own students.

To receive Yoga for Healthy Aging Certification, there is an additional $150 fee, which is included when you register, and you will need to:

  • Attend a Thursday afternoon session to present a sample class
  • Pass a take-home final.
  • Provide 200 hour teaching certification

Everyone can enjoy the process of getting older—and wiser—by learning what the mind and body need for optimal health. Join medical doctor Baxter Bell and Melina Meza, author of the Art of Sequencing book series, for an informative experiential program that focuses on practical strategies for a lifetime of vitality and well-being.

Expand your yoga-teaching repertoire with special knowledge and skills to support your students as they age. During this weeklong intensive, you will experience a combination of expert medical information and therapeutic yoga postures for maintaining physical, mental, and emotional well-being throughout life.

You will learn:

  • What to do every day to support circulatory system and heart health
  • Practices for managing stress, optimizing brain health, and experiencing equanimity
  • The scientific background that explains how and why yoga supports healthy aging
  • Essential yoga poses and sequences and other health-promoting practices
  • Movement practices for strength and flexibility
  • How to cultivate long-term balance.

Yoga students with one or more years of experience who are not looking for certification will learn tools to create a personalized yoga program that meets their particular needs and concerns. Find out more here.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Baxter Bell, MD, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

    Physician, medical acupuncturist, yoga therapist and yoga teacher

    Baxter Bell is a physician, medical acupuncturist, certified yoga teacher and yoga therapist, and coauthor of the book Yoga for Healthy Aging. With his unique perspective and experience, Baxter lectures to healthcare professionals throughout the country on integrating the therapeutic applications of yoga with Western medicine.

    By combining his deep knowledge of anatomy and medicine with an expertise in helping people of all ages and physical conditions, Baxter teaches a healing, nurturing style of hatha yoga that balances the body‰’s desire for action with the mind‰’s need for calm and quiet. In addition to teaching classes, workshops, and retreats internationally, Baxter helps students use yoga to help heal from and/or cope with a wide range of medical conditions.

    The cofounder of and a writer for the popular blog Yoga for Healthy Aging, he regularly presents at Yoga Journal conferences and at the International Association of Yoga Therapy‰’s SYTAR Conference. He has also written articles for Yoga Journal and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and is featured in Yoga for Stress, a Yoga Journal DVD. He is quoted as a yoga and health expert by the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

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    Melina Meza, E-RYT 500

    Melina Meza has been sharing her knowledge of hatha yoga, Ayurveda, and whole-foods nutrition throughout the world for more than 20 years. She is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and creator of Seasonal Vinyasa, an innovative multi-disciplinary approach to well-being, as well as the Yoga for the Seasons: Fall Vinyasa DVD.

    A graduate of the California College of Ayurveda, Melina has been teaching yoga at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle since 1997, where she also directs the 200- and 500-hour teachers training program. She facilitates yoga and Ayurveda workshops year-round and leads retreats in extraordinary sanctuaries worldwide.

    Her growth as a teacher and practitioner has been influenced by her studies with teachers who include Dr. Robert Svoboda, Scott Blossom, Jin Sung, Sarah Powers, Gary Kraftsow, Kathleen Hunt, and Dr. Baxter Bell. Melina’s offerings can be found on the sites Yoga Anytime, YogaUOnline, and Gaia (Gaiam TV).

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  • Why Attend
    • Gain highly specialized information on healthy aging to expand the expertise you bring to your students.

    • Experience the specific yoga postures and sequences that provide the right support for the natural changes of the aging body.

    • Engage with experts in the fields of family medicine, alternative medicine, and yoga to deepen your understanding of what the mind and body need for optimal health.<br /> <br /> <strong>Yoga students with one or more years of experience who are not looking for certification will learn tools to create a personalized yoga program that meets their particular needs and concerns. Find out more <a href="">here</a>.</strong>

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.  Those seeking certification will participate in a Thursday afternoon session to present a sample class.


    Certification as a yoga teacher.

    Experience Level

    This intensive is designed for relatively healthy, physically able participants with one or more years of yoga experience. What is not included in this workshop: instructions for seniors who cannot stand unaided and need to practice in chairs, and information about yoga as therapy for specific medical conditions.

    Special Interest To

    Yoga students not seeking certification are welcome and can find out more here.

    Special Details

    For yoga teachers seeking Yoga for Healthy Aging certification, you will need to present a short teaching demonstration on Thursday afternoon and pass the take-home final exam. The additional fee for certification is $150, which is included in the cost when you register.

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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