Course: Teaching Yoga at Senior Care Facilities with Sherry Zak Morris

Course Description

Thousands of Seniors transition into Senior Care Facilities each week in the United States. Some because of repeated falls, some because of dementia or Alzheimer’s some because of strokes, and of course some because they have no other support system to rely on. Bringing the joy of movement and community through Chair Yoga is a gift we as Yoga Teachers can give to this often forgotten demographic.

Sherry has been teaching in various Senior Care facilities in her community for many years. She candidly shares her mistakes, assumptions and creative approaches to bringing Yoga into these special student populations. From Memory care, to board-and-care, to step-up living environments, learn how Chair Yoga can be modified and adjusted to include everyone!

After this workshop you’ll understand:

  • The common scenarios you might encounter in teaching to this population
  • Why and how to modify Chair Yoga movements to keep your students safe and engaged
  • Different types of Senior Care Facilities and the various health profiles of the Senior residents
  • How to work with the Administrative staff to find opportunities in your community to serve

This workshop ends with a full Chair Yoga class that incorporates the workshop concepts as well as a detailed Workshop Hand-out of all the poses and modifications we discuss.

Course Outline

Module 1 Workshop Handout
Unit 1 Senior Care Facilities: Workshop Handout
Module 2 Video: Part 1 - Teaching Yoga at Senior Care Facilities
Unit 1 Video: Part 1 - Teaching Yoga at Senior Care Facilities
Module 3 Video: Part 2 - Teaching Yoga at Senior Care Facilities
Unit 1 Video: Part 2 - Teaching Yoga at Senior Care Facilities
Module 4 Video: Part 3 - Teaching Yoga at Senior Care Facilities
Unit 1 Video: Part 3 - Teaching Yoga at Senior Care Facilities
Module 5 Videos: Learning Vignettes
Unit 1 Videos: Live Wheelchair Yoga Classes
Unit 2 Videos: Learning Vignettes

Sneak Preview

The Silver Tsunami is here! Be a part of the Creative Senior Healthcare Solution and learn to Teach Chair Yoga To Seniors in your community. Senior & Community Centers, Assisted Living & Skilled Nursing facilities, Parks and Recs, etc… the opportunities are endless to share the health benefits of Yoga. Open to Yoga Teachers and anyone with a Passion for Serving their Senior Community! Online and Live Teacher Training Programs available at www.YogaVistaAcademy.com.

Bonus Materials

Bonus: LIVE Wheelchair Yoga Class Videos

Filmed at an Assisted Living Center, Sherry leads Wheelchair Yoga classes that are accessible and fun for all.

Testimonials

Lucy Valente

Hazleton, Pennsylvania | United States

I am so grateful to you for all your support. Coming from a career in education I know that your course presentation and organization was a perfect way to learn all that material. I most appreciate access to the video library and use it often. I am now teaching chair in an assisted living community and a gentle class at a studio…..One more thing……..You were SO RIGHT about the nursing home population. Everything you said was true-EVERYTHING.


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Dhyana Wade, San Diego, California, USA

Chair Yoga Teacher

Did I learn some things I did not know? YES!! Many things! I would have many of the same mistakes you spoke about….start with breathing, using nostalgic music, making my practice WAAAAAY to complicated. Loved the sample class, so helpful! I feel immensely grateful for taking this course before teaching on Monday.


Sheryl S., White Bear Township, Minnesota, USA

Chair Yoga Teacher

I thought it was fantastic. Thank you so much for making learning fun. I love the new jingle bell dance and I’m looking forward to to trying it out in my Friday assisted living class. I think they will be able to handle it and really enjoy it.


Barbara Hamilton, Danville, Pennyslvania, USA

Chair Yoga Teacher

I learned a lot! So many great ideas to share with the nursing home residents I’ll be working with! Several great tips – especially about the music. I hadn’t even thought about them not being able to hear me over the music. And I love the names of some of the poses — makes it fun! For example, “Monkey” is just adorable…and something I am sure they will relate to! Thank you so much. Great course!


Marcela Kohn

Punta Pacifica | Panama

It was very useful the indications of how to teach in places like homes, where there are patients in wheelchairs and special conditions, since I had felt frustrated, and I understood thanks to your recommendations that even if that although there is apparently a small exchange of energy and others continue sleeping that is amazing, that they understood me even though they could not express themselves, and that reminded me of my father, an intellectual who lost his speech and his mobility due to an illness and I realized that everything was in our eyes and everything is expressed through them, it was very mobilizing. So for me this recommendation was wowwwww, and bring me up a lot of memories.


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Janet Rosoff

Aventura, Florida | United States

Most of my teaching is in independent and assisted/step-up living facilities so I was very happy when this course was made available. As you know teaching the assisted and memory unit population is challenging but so rewarding. I absolutely loved when you expressed your mistake in trying to do a centering at beginning of class. No way does that work with this population and I love using your joint movements to begin class along with your playful suggestions.


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Cynthia G., South Carolina, USA

Chair Yoga Teacher

I decided to close my yoga studio and pursue more outreach and community classes. The area where I live is a retirement community so I began cold-calling senior living centers and opportunities to teach have appeared, it’s so amazing! I love what I am doing now even more. I was trained in Ashtanga yoga but since moving to this new town I have sought out more accessible yoga practices for myself and my students. Your compassionate, knowledgeable and joyful style is so inspiring.


Live Workshop Attendees

Yoga Teachers

“The demonstration of poses was especially eye-opening as you explained, not just what you were doing, but why it mattered for Seniors.”

“Love the energy and playful approach! Yoga is meant to be fun and playful!”

“Very helpful! Learned more about the realities of working in these facilities.”


Jill Lindstrom

Kernersville, North Carolina | United States

I have started a chair yoga class in the memory care unit at our Continuous care facility after taking your Yoga in Senior Care Facilities Workshop. I have about 10 people (about half participate). I have had great success in learning that using sing-a-long songs like – Jesus Loves Me, row your boat or You are my sunshine are great motivators to get them moving. At first I was very nervous having very little experience with patients with memory issues. It is quickly becoming my favorite class. Thank you for your support!


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Barbara Ruvarac

Naperville, Illinois | United States

Thanks to your business training, I just landed a private senior (she’s 86) 30 min yoga session every Tuesday and Thursday!


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Jeanine Faith

Bend, Oregon | United States

I taught at my first nursing home, and it was very challenging! They could only do a fraction of the movements. I found myself with a one-hour class and 15 minutes worth of material. Made it through okay, but realized I have a lot to learn 🙂 you have a really great program, and I’m continuing to watch your YouTube videos for more info. Thank you for your Compassionate Heart!


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Jo Willis

Axbridge | United Kingdom

I have been asked to teach at a Nursing Care Home for the Elderly and was feeling very nervous about it. Your course, however has reassured me and I found lots of points useful. For example- starting the class by checking which joints are moving, instead of starting with a quiet meditation. I loved the video showing how you do the shoulder and neck massage. Its something that I do not normally do in my yoga class, but will now be added as I feel much more confident with it. I also like the idea of greeting every student prior to commencing the class. I loved the course!


Chair Yoga Certified

Julie Hamilton

Edwardsville, Illinois | United States

I am happy to say that because of your course I am able to teach people with confidence at nursing homes, offices, yoga studios and memory care facilities.


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