Yoga for Healthy Aging & Fracture Prevention: Focus on Balance

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Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall

Loren Fishman, MD After graduating from Christ Church, Oxford, spending the year 1973 with B.K.S. Iyengar in Pune, attending every class, public and private, and taking daily instruction, Loren M. Fishman, M.D., was told “You can teach my yoga.” Dr. Fishman then went to medical school, and at Rush...

One of the inevitable changes of aging is a gradual loss of the ability to balance. While this may at first seem insignificant, it is a key factor in the increased risk of fractures people face as they get older.

Most fractures of the hip, wrists, or ankle are preceded by a fall, and the loss of balance makes fall exponentially more common in the elderly. Falls not only put you at greater risk for fractures, but also for head injury and other significant trauma requiring hospitalization.

The gradual decline in your ability to balance can be slowed and even reversed, however. Among its many benefits for body, mind and spirit, yoga can help us to improve our balance. Especially for seniors, instability and lack of confidence with balance can impede daily activities and exercise.  

What causes us to have more trouble with balance as we age? What can we do to safely build skills for better balance?   

In this course, Loren Fishman, MD and Ellen Saltonstall discuss the three physiological mechanisms that contribute to balancing, and why they decline as we get older. They will show different approaches to slow the loss of balance, and how to tailor your yoga practice to slow the loss of balance.

What You Will Learn

  • Why body alignment in yoga as is one of the most important underpinnings for good balance. 

  • A sequence of practices accessible to any level of student.  

  • How to incorporate balance training as part of a regular yoga practice

  • Practical tips for easy balance-training to integrate into your day. 

This Premium Course Also Includes These Great Bonuses!

  • Yoga Practice Video: Learn all the components you need to include in a holistic balance practice in this 30-minute practice with Ellen Saltonstall.

  • Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions - both MP3 (downloadable) and MP4 (streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.

  • Transcripts of Both Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.


This course qualifies for 2.5 non-contact hour CEs with Yoga Alliance.