Yoga for Healthy Aging will enable you to:
Reduce tension, anxiety, and stress
A number of studies have shown that yoga may help reduce stress and anxiety. Yoga can enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being. Yoga might also help you manage your symptoms of depression and anxiety that are due to difficult situations.
Improve cardiovascular and brain health
Research shows yoga reduces cardiovascular risks factors like high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Yoga can also help your brain cells develop new connections, and changes occur in brain structure as well as function, resulting in improved cognitive skills, such as learning and memory.
Stay healthy, independant, and balanced for as long as possible
Multiple, well-designed studies provide data showing that yoga practice has positive effects on cellular aging, mobility, balance, mental health, and prevention of cognitive decline—all areas of concern for older adults.
What is Yoga for Healthy Aging?
This program is designed by Baxter Bell MD and Nina Zolotow based on their best-selling book, Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being.
I took an intensive, 50-hour training with Baxter Bell MD in 2020 to become certified to teach this program and I hold classes twice a week in-person for students of all ages (my average student age is 60). Now I’m offering it to a wider audience online.
Students tell me all the time how beneficial this practice has been for their mobility, energy, and overall well-being—this is why I feel so honored to be able to bring it to you.
Transform how you age with yoga!
Yoga with Healthy Aging is your tool box for healthy aging includes yoga poses (classes), meditation, breath practices, and philosophy.
Your monthly or annual subscription gives you access to pre-recorded videos and LIVE yoga classes on Zoom every Tuesday at 8:00 am PACIFIC TIME. And each month you can attend LIVE workshops that focus on mediation, breath, and yoga philosophy.
The foundations of Yoga for Healthy Aging focus on these areas you’ll need to keep your body, mind, and spirit healthy as you age:
We begin to lose muscle strength in our thirties. As we age, muscle weakness can compromise our ability to balance and increase the risk of falling.
Yoga poses enable you to contract certain muscles and the sheer variety of postures ensures that you can strengthen all the important muscles in your body.
A sedentary lifestyle as we age decreases our flexibility as fascia (the thin casing of connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber and muscle in place) tends to dry out. Water content of tendons and ligaments become stiffer.
Yoga enables you to stretch virtually all your muscles, keep joints healthy, and get deep into the fascia to keep it supple.
As we age, our ability to respond quickly and appropriately to balance challenges begins to falter.
Yoga improves balance when you practice on parts of your body as well as improving the health of your somatic nervous system.
Changes in strength and flexibility as we age, begin to affect your agility negatively and as the nervous system slows down, the speed at which the nerves relay information between the brain and the body.
Yoga improves your overall coordination and builds fast-twitch muscle fibers. Getting up and down from the floor on a regular basis helps you maintain agility.
The physical changes that happen to our bodies as we age can be disconcerting. We face new challenges and the loss of people in our lives.
Yoga gives us tools to cultivate equanimity—the ability to stay calm, composed, and even tempered especially in difficult situations.
My name is Dana Leipold, and I've practiced yoga on and off for over 25 years. But it wasn't until I turned 50 that I really began to feel the effects of aging and a sedentary lifestyle. I decided to dive in deep to daily practices of yoga, meditation, and holistic nutrition. When I had a consistent practice I noticed my strength, energy level, flexibility, and my mental state drastically improve.
In 2020, I completed my 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at Castro Valley Yoga and became a certified Yoga for Healthy Aging teacher from Baxter Bell MD and Melina Mezza.
Yoga teaches me how to be in the present moment, whatever that moment contains. I have found so much freedom in this simple principle.
Let me share that with you.
Are you concerned about how healthy you'll be as you age?
All living things age, and every species has a natural, built-in lifespan. Because of medical advances, humans are living longer but many are struggling with chronic illnesses and lost independence as a result.
Even though science and technology haven’t discovered how to stop, slow down, or reverse aging, research has shown that there are many steps you can take to improve your health and quality of life as you age.
Yoga for Healthy Aging includes practices and tools so you can be proactive about maintaining your health, independance, and well-being at any age.
Pre-recorded yoga classes.
From your main library, you have access to yoga classes that focus on the key areas of Yoga for Healthy Aging: strength, flexibility, balance, and agility. Pre-recorded classes are about 30-45 minutes in length. And new classes are added every month.
LIVE classes on Zoom every Tuesday at 8:00 am PACIFIC Time.
You also have the option to join me LIVE on Zoom for 60-minutes classes every Tuesday. You'll need a few props handy: a yoga mat, a blanket, a block, a yoga strap. If you're not sure where to get them, I'll offer you low-cost options on where to purchase.
Monthly workshops focusing on meditation, breathing, and yoga philosophy.
Every month, I'll be holding LIVE workshops on Zoom (and guest experts join me too) where we'll go in-depth into meditation, breathing, and yoga philosophy. We'll dig into the science of these practices and how they have shown to be beneficial long into old age.