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Healthy Aging Weekend: Yoga for Heart Health

April 1, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Yoga for Healthy Aging: Heart Health

An online weekend immersion for all levels with Sarah Harvey, Deborah Saliby and Shari Ser 

April 1 – 3, 2022: Friday 4:30 – 6:30 pm PST / Saturday 10 – 4 pm PST / Sunday 11:30 am – 1:30 pm PST – ON ZOOM

To maintain an open and happy heart we need yoga! It is quite different to experience heart health physically and emotionally.  Yet they share many commonalities. Have you ever felt your body tense up in a stressful situation? But after a yoga practice, you feel better?  This weekend will explain more about why that happens, and what to do it about it.  Join us for this immersive weekend to dive into this fascinating topic of heart health. We will investigate, experience, discuss and learn together!

This special weekend is offered by our Yoga for Healthy Aging Faculty. Over the three days you will learn which types of poses help with cardiovascular health including blood pressure issues. We will also learn how the heart, blood, arteries and the structure of your chest can support your emotional health. From an anatomy perspective, participants will learn about the cardiovascular system – including heart, blood, arteries and chest cavity – is supported by practicing yoga.

Throughout the weekend, each instructor will weave yoga philosophy to help you deepen your connection to the Vedic understanding. 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 PST: Orientation to the subject, presentation on the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system + group conversation and restorative asana practice with Sarah Harvey

Saturday 10 – noon and 2- 4 pm PST: The morning starts with Deborah Saliby followed by a 2-hour lunch break.  At 2 pm we will continue with asana and pranayama practice with Sarah Harvey.

Sunday 11:30 – 1:30 pm PST: Asana, pranayama and group discussion with Shari Ser.

Certainly, this unique weekend will give you the opportunity to practice in a more focused way, develop a deeper relationship with your teachers and build your connections to community.

Over three days, you will get to experience five categories of poses and how their benefits relate to heart health

  • Standing poses – active and supported – to promotes good circulation and to build strength, stamina and confidence
  • Back extensions – supported and mild/active to strengthen the spinal muscles, support the heart and expand the chest cavity in such as way that encourages breath awareness
  • Gentle seated twists to facilitate movement of the rib cage and thoracic spine
  • Mild/gentle supported inversions to initiate the relaxation response of the parasympathetic nervous system and to supports the circulatory system by assisting the flow of venous blood back to the heart
  • Pranayama Savasana to improve lung function without overstimulating the heart or raising blood pressure


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.

The workshop is not appropriate for people who’ve had recent surgery.

If you have any questions about whether this program is right for you, please email


$195 for the entire weekend – including handouts and a recording to use for 30 days.

Register by March 25th and save $30!  Regular rate after March 25 is $225.

Need a pay-what-you-can option? We have a few spots available; please reach out to to inquire.


Save the date as we have two additional weekends scheduled:  June 24 – 26: Yoga for Digestive Health and October 28 – 30: Yoga for Balance

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.

You can find out more about our Live Online Programming here


Sarah Harvey 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.


April 1, 2022
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


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