Teaching Yoga to the 50+ population offers challenges and opportunities for Yoga Teachers. By the time a person is in midlife and/or into their “senior” years; chronic health conditions, structural misalignments and pain are common. One of the top reasons the 50+ student comes to Yoga is for low back pain.
Low back pain can be caused by a myriad of structural issues and/or spinal injuries and therefore, not all Yoga Poses are appropriate or therapeutic. Thus, it is imperative a Yoga Teacher be educated on the proper bio-mechanics needed to support and not aggravate these conditions when teaching to these populations in group classes or private sessions.