Comparison of Senior Yoga Trainings

One or two day trainings

One or two day training are relatively inexpensive. They cover the most likely conditions a teacher would address in a seniors class (e.g., osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, etc.), give some tips on use of props, and how to use chairs extensively or primarily.

These trainings are for the teacher that has an occasional older person in their class and needs some additional ideas on how to make the class safe for a senior. The time and cost are relative to the need.

Comprehensive long-term training

These trainings are more expensive in both time to complete and cost. They provide an in-depth examination of the processes of natural aging, and common conditions and diseases that students are likely to have in your classes. Sequencing a seniors’ course, assessment, communication issues, props, and adjustments should all be included. Trainees should know at the end of the training what you should emphasise in a class to help seniors meet their goals for a yoga class.

Yoga teachers contemplating taking this course usually:

1) Teach seniors routinely and see more and more seniors coming to yoga classes.

2) Want to make seniors’ classes their niche.

3) Like to learn new things (me, too!) and want to know the reasoning behind why you would or would not do certain things in a seniors’ class.

These types of classes can be given in a variety of ways, workshops,  online, and a blend of both. Having offered these classes in most of these modalities, I know that each has good and bad points. Each modality can provide a good learning experience under certain conditions. To ensure that it is a worthwhile use of your time and money, it is important to know if:

  • The trainers are teaching seniors?
  • There is enough time built into the process for you to absorb this new information and then feel comfortable applying that information?
  • During the course, you have the opportunity to interact with the trainer to ask questions to ensure that you are confident about your knowledge and skills?
  • The trainer is willing to provide information and help after the training finishes?

These types of training provide a lot of information which can seem a bit overwhelming and even scary. To have access to a trainer, who is also teaching seniors, during and after the training is necessary to ensure that you can absorb and then apply this information confidently.

Online training

There are online trainings that you can access and the courses vary in the amount of time and money that you need to invest. Again your goals for wanting this information will determine if the time and cost are right for you. Some online trainings will be comparable to one or two day trainings and some will be much more comprehensive. The issue with an online training is maintaining your interest and finishing the course. If you have done other online courses and know how to pace yourself, don’t need a lot of interaction then they could meet your goals. It is also helpful to have a working knowledge of how to access videos, etc.