To keep ourselves feeling balanced we need yoga! It is quite different to experience physical balance and emotional balance, and yet they share many commonalities. How is it that the practices of yoga – especially asana, pranayama and study of yoga philosophy – can help you hone your experience of balance in your body, mind and spirit? Join us for this immersive weekend to dive into this fascinating topic. We will investigate, experience, discuss and learn together!
This special weekend is offered by our Yoga for Healthy Aging Faculty via zoom. Over the three days you will learn which types of poses help with physical balance and agility. We will also learn how posture, strength and flexibility can support your emotional balance. From an anatomy perspective, participants will learn about the vestibular system, proprioception and interoception, plus how the senses related to sight, touch, smell and hearing work together.
Agility is our body’s capacity to be fast and nimble; to change the direction and the positioning of our body while our body is actively in motion. It is influenced by balance, strength, coordination and skill level. The ability to be agile, to pivot gracefully, also has a mental and emotional component. We need to be strong and agile – as well as flexible – to keep our feet on the ground! This weekend of yoga practice can improve your physical agility and positively influence your ability to emotionally pivot.
Throughout the weekend, each instructor will weave yoga philosophy to help you deepen your connection to the Vedic understanding of balance. By the end of the weekend, you will have a tool-kit of poses and a base of knowledge that you can utilize to support your physical and emotional well-being.
You will have handouts to use after the weekend – and access to the recordings for 30 days.
Friday 4:30– 6:30 pm PDT: Presentation on the anatomy and physiology of balance and the aging process with Shari Ser; followed by a restorative yoga practice with Deborah Saliby, based on B.K.S. Iyengar’s sequence Asanas for Emotional Stability outlined in his book Light on Life.
Saturday 10 am – Noon PDT: Saturday morning’s active asana session with Deborah Saliby will emphasize standing poses, using blocks, a chair and wall space for support and safety. By focusing on the placement of the lower body, standing asanas give us confidence and help develop our sense of balance. Building strength in the feet and legs translates upward into the spine while reinforcing a more stable foundation, greater stamina and an even more refined sense of balance. The class sequence also includes asanas to alleviate stress and quiet the mind.
Saturday 2 – 4 pm PDT: This session will focus on using yoga asana practice to improve our physical agility. And, by developing concentration through pranayama, we will enhance our mental agility. Learn with Sarah Harvey how building core strength through yoga practice can improve your sense of balance, and help you feel more centered and more agile.
Sunday 11:30 am –1:30 pm PDT: Asana and pranayama with Shari Ser. We need more ways to slow down and to recover from our hectic lifestyles. Sometimes we are forced to slow down or stop when we experience an injury, be it minor or severe. This includes falling, which often happens because we are rushing and not taking care. In this 2- hour session we will hone our asana practice by focusing on strength training and building endurance – qualities that improve balance and help avoid falls. The class ends with a pranayama practice that teaches us concentration, which leads to a sense of well-being and equanimity
This course is geared toward those who have at least 6 months of consistent study with an Iyengar Yoga teacher. It is also appropriate for teachers and teachers-in-training.
If you have minor health issues and injuries that is fine. You must be comfortable getting up and down from the floor with minimal assistance.
If you have any questions about whether this program is right for you, please email email@example.com.
“The Yoga for Digestive Health Weekend Immersion was an outstanding workshop! I’m in awe of how the teachers can make all these poses accessible to people like me and to more advanced students…at the same time! Their knowledge, too, about yoga and digestion is incredible. I learned a lot.” – K.S.
$195 for the entire weekend – save $30 if you register by Oct 12
$225 regular rate
Tuition includes handouts and a recording to use for 30 days.
Cannot make it for all parts of the weekend? No problem! You will have the recordings to work with.
Need a pay-what-you-can option? We have a few spots available; please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
An hour before the course begins you will receive your unique zoom log-in
First time on Zoom with us? Check out our tip sheet! Our tips will help you get ready for your first class with us.
Sarah Harvey (she/her) is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (c-IAYT). She is a graduate of the 500-hour Teacher Training Program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, and has specialized training in teaching Yoga for Osteoporosis. A long time member of the Iyengar Yoga community, she has studied and practiced yoga since 1991. She has been teaching classes and private yoga lessons throughout the Bay Area since 2002. Sarah brings a light, humorous approach to her teaching, combined with direct, detailed instructions for each student. Although yoga is central to her life and key to her well-being, she is also an avid sports fan (Go A’s! Go Dubs!). Sarah lives in a small cottage in East Oakland with her two cats, and enjoys gardening and gourmet cooking.
Deborah Saliby (she/her) Deborah is a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, a Certified Yoga therapist and has been teaching Iyengar yoga for 40 years. She began her yoga practice in 1977 during college to help alleviate stress and anxiety. A graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco (1982), she studies regularly with Senior teachers and attends Iyengar conventions. Deborah’s classes are balanced and integrated, leaving students with greater energy, emotional stability and a renewed sense of well-being. Props are regularly used to support students’ access to postures safely and mindfully. Her classes include inversions or variations of inversions, restorative postures, breath awareness and relaxation, all depending on the class level. She specializes in yoga for back care and yoga for pregnancy. Deborah is also a hypnotherapist and hypnoBirthing instructor. She recently retired from full time Special Education teaching. When not teaching yoga Deborah can be found on long walks with her dog and dinner gatherings with family and friends.
Shari Ser (she/her) is a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, a physical therapist and certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT). She has been practicing yoga for over 35 years along with working as a physical therapist throughout that time. She loves teaching yoga with students who may feel uncomfortable in faster paced yoga classes and need more personalized attention. Shari is a certified trainer in Dr Loren Fishman’s Yoga for Osteoporosis method and teaches an ongoing Yoga for Healthy bones class at Adeline Yoga currently on zoom. Shari loves teaching anatomy classes for yoga students and teachers and believes we can deepen our practice and teaching of yoga through a good understanding of basic anatomy. She is a graduate of the Adeline Yoga Sadhana Studies Program. Her additional certifications include RYT 500, E-RYT, Shari is an avid believer of the practice and power of yoga throughout the years. She believes in its immense value in maintaining mobility, independence and equanimity as we all age.