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Yoga for Healthy Aging

Tools for a Lifetime of Vitality and Well-Being

June 23 - 30, 2017

Friday - Friday, 7 nights

$760 Tuition

Plus 7 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

If you are a certified yoga teacher interested in receiving Yoga for Healthy Aging certification, please see details and register here.

You 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 enlightening and informative workshop that focuses on practical strategies for a lifetime of vitality and well-being.

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 your life.

You will learn:

  • What to do every day to support your 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.

We highly recommend that students have one or more years of experience doing some form of regular yoga or movement exercises.

This course will provide you with the tools to create a personalized yoga program that meets your particular needs and concerns. You will have Thursday afternoon free to explore the grounds, indulge in bodywork, or relax in you favorite way. Your final session will be Friday 9am–11am. Set yourself up for a lifetime of healthy living!


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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
    • Change your trajectory to enjoy a long life of health and vitality by learning what you can do now to age in a healthy way.

    • Engage with experts in the combined fields of family medicine, alternative medicine, and yoga, to understand what your mind and body need for optimal health.

    • Experience the specific yoga postures and sequences that will support you through the natural changes of the aging body.

    • Gain tools as a yoga teacher to better serve your students as their bodies mature.<br /> <br /> <strong>For certified yoga teachers interested in receiving Yoga for Healthy Aging certification, please see details and register <a href="">here</a>.</strong><br /> <br />  <br /> <br />  

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    We highly recommended one or more years of experience doing some form of regular yoga or movement exercises.

    For certified yoga teachers interested in receiving Yoga for Healthy Aging certification, please see details and register here.

    Experience Level

    This intensive is designed for relatively healthy, physically able participants. 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

    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, included in the cost when you register. Please register here.

    Special Details

    For yoga teachers seeking Yoga for Healthy Aging certification, you will need to attend an extra session, do a short teaching demonstration, and pass the take-home final exam.

  • 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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