Ideas

Exercise for people with Feet Eversion – (Toes turned out, ankles collapsed)

What a great idea from Marilynn Freeman in New Mexico!  Thanks for sharing!

“I spent 3 months on New Zealand and nearly everyone there has an eversion problem and collapsed ankles. I don’t know if it is genetic because they have lived in “jandles” (aka flip-flops) for generations or what, but it was horrifying to me!!!” Marilynn

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Submission From: 

Marilynn Freeman

Marilynn is a Master Teacher offering private sessions, individual coaching, classes, workshops and retreats. She uses a variety of modalities to facilitate a state of balance wholeness.

Go To Anatomy Reference Materials

Can you help us with easy definitions/references for anatomical terms like posterior/anterior, adduction/abduction, flexion/extension and others? Is there a book or online resource? Also are there other references that you would recommend for anatomy?

From Justine:

Hi Everyone, the anatomy book I like best for understanding basic anatomy and direction terms is Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain. It is very well laid out and easy to read! Here is the link for the book:

http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0939616572

Anatomy of Movement (Revised Edition)
Anatomy of Movement presents a dynamic, integrated approach to the study of the physical structures of the musculoskeletal.

Submission From: 

Justine Shelton

Justine Shelton is a graduate of the American Viniyoga Institute, having earned the distinction of AVI Certified Viniyoga Therapist for over 1000 hours of training. She specializes in Spine and Joint Rehabilitation as well as Yoga Therapy intervention for cancer and other catastrophic illnesses. Justine leads the Gentle Yoga Therapy and Anatomy course development, educational video content and training materials for the Academy.

Teaching Yoga at a Church

I‘d like to briefly tell you what offering chair yoga can lead to. In September 2014, I started teaching chair yoga at Christ Lutheran Church in Palatine, Illinois. Since then, here are some of the things that have occurred as a result. I donate my time, and participants bring nonperishable food items or make a monetary donation for the Palatine Food Pantry. How very lucky I am to have a pastor of the church who, when I presented the idea of offering chair yoga, said “Tell me how I can help make it happen.”

1. People now come to walk in the building up to one hour before chair yoga starts. It’s safe, warm, and
dry, so seniors feel more secure.

2. The church has formed a partnership with a hospital in the area (Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital) and offers programs on various health topics to not only church members but also the public. So far, there have been programs dealing with healthy aging and also healthy cooking. Two other programs this year will be on meditation and balance issues.

3. Because of the various health programs happening, the church council formed a Health and Wellness Committee, and now other church members are presenting ideas. For example, because of the suggestion of one of the members, the church will be sponsoring a blood drive this fall that will be open to the public.

I’m not sure what will be happening in 2017, but I do know the Spirit will be taking the lead.

Many thanks for keeping me inspired.

Judy Rycombel

Submission From: 

Judy Rycombel

Judy teaches Chair Yoga at her local church where people pay a monetary donation or bring food to give to those in need. “I encourage my students to listen to their bodies, do yoga with effort yet ease, and bring their yoga practice into their everyday lives.”

What is a Good New Student Promotion Idea?

Give you regular students a “Bring a friend for $5” coupon

Pass out $5 New Student coupons at various neighborhood or friend gatherings

Put a “FREE Class or $5 Class” offer on the backside of your Business card

Submission From: 

Sherry Zak Morris, C-IAYT

Co-Founder and Director of the Yoga Vista Academy. Sherry is passionate about educating Yoga Teachers to teach Yoga safely, effective and joyfully to the 50+ student communities. Sherry designs and manages the delivery of Academy course content across all mediums including onsite workshops, print and web-based materials and runs the video production unit.

Seated Pigeon option for super tight hips

I love this prop modification by Julie Renaud!  Thanks!

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Submission From: 

Julie Renaud

Julie is a certified yoga instructor with additional training in Senior Yoga, Yoga for Cancer, and Chair Yoga. She teaches Gentle Yoga to individuals and small groups in the Nashville, TN area.

Creative Props and Ideas for Teaching Yoga to the 70+ Demographic

Karen is a Yoga Vista Academy Certified Chair Yoga Teacher and Low Back Care Specialty Teacher. She was a career nurse and recently quit her nursing job to teach Yoga to Seniors. She shares some super cool ideas that we thought we would pass along.

Thanks Karen! You are AMAZING!

Submission From: 

Karen Naids

Thanks for all that you do!! You have changed my life, I quit my nursing job, I am teaching 2 classes, and possibly one more and I have started to take a course to become a yoga therapist. I could not have done this without your classes and your knowledge and support. Thanks to you and Justine!!

Fall Statistics and Fall Prevention Information

Did you know that….Every 11 seconds, a senior is admitted to the ER for falling; every 20 seconds a senior dies from a fall. September 22 is Fall Prevention Day.

More info in the attached flyer.  Thanks Marilynn Freeman for sharing this info!

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Submission From: 

Marilynn Freeman

Marilynn is a Master Teacher offering private sessions, individual coaching, classes, workshops and retreats. She uses a variety of modalities to facilitate a state of balance wholeness.

Music for Chair and Gentle Yoga Classes

Question:

I was looking on the site trying to get information about music to teach too , Could you please point me to anything on the site that might help ?
Thank you so much
Christa

 

Answer from Sherry:

I actually use the soundtracks on my YouTube videos from Kevin MacLeod. He has royalty free music, which is hard to find these days. Here is his website.

Otherwise if you want yoga specific CDs, Deva Premal and Donna Lori are always a good ones.  Paradise Music has some GREAT healing, meditation and relaxation CDs.

Submission From: 

Sherry Zak Morris, C-IAYT

Co-Founder and Director of the Yoga Vista Academy. Sherry is passionate about educating Yoga Teachers to teach Yoga safely, effective and joyfully to the 50+ student communities. Sherry designs and manages the delivery of Academy course content across all mediums including onsite workshops, print and web-based materials and runs the video production unit.

Seated Pigeon option for super tight hips

I love this prop modification by Julie Renaud!  Thanks!

Prop-SeatedPigeon

Submission From: 

Julie Renaud

Julie is a certified yoga instructor with additional training in Senior Yoga, Yoga for Cancer, and Chair Yoga. She teaches Gentle Yoga to individuals and small groups in the Nashville, TN area.

Exercise for people with Feet Eversion – (Toes turned out, ankles collapsed)

What a great idea from Marilynn Freeman in New Mexico!  Thanks for sharing!

“I spent 3 months on New Zealand and nearly everyone there has an eversion problem and collapsed ankles. I don’t know if it is genetic because they have lived in “jandles” (aka flip-flops) for generations or what, but it was horrifying to me!!!” Marilynn

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Submission From: 

Marilynn Freeman

Marilynn is a Master Teacher offering private sessions, individual coaching, classes, workshops and retreats. She uses a variety of modalities to facilitate a state of balance wholeness.

Bringing the Sutras in to a Chair Yoga Class

I am presenting one Sutra a week, we are up to II.40. Although I overdo it and read 8 different translations in preparation, I can highly recommend weeklysutra.com for anyone interested in doing that. The class loves it. We also put 3 minutes of meditation in the middle of class.

Submission From: 

Kate Somerville

I took the YTT training though I had no intention of teaching. I fell in love with the philosophy. I’ve been teaching Chair Yoga at the YMCA over a year now. My motivation to teach, in addition to that’s the best way to learn, is to share any kind of alternative movement, support, teachings that I have learned so that others too may learn to avoid pitfalls and see the light a little better.