Older patients will make lifestyle changes to avoid fractures, study finds. Most previous research in bone health has focused on medications, but older patients who know they are at risk of fractures will make positive lifestyle changes to avoid them, such as exercising, wearing proper footwear and taking supplements, a new study has found.
The findings are important because much previous research in bone health has focused on medications or found that people make negative lifestyle changes such as reducing housework or leisure activities because they are afraid of falling, says Dr. Joanna Sale, a researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital and lead author of the study, according to a June 14, 2013 news release, “Older patients will make lifestyle changes to avoid fractures, study finds.”
Half of all women over the age of 50 and one in five men over 50 will have a fracture after falling from standing height or lower. Having one such fracture doubles a person’s risk of having another.
Dr. Sale, a clinical epidemiologist, says her research was aimed at finding ways to prevent those repeat fractures, particularly hip fractures, because about half of all hip fracture patients die or end up in long-term care facilities. What’s the best way to increase balance? For example, as hearing wanes, or changes in the inner ear occur, so does balance change. And falls may increase.
Dr. Sale’s study, published online in the prestigious journal Osteoporosis International, looked at patients over 65 who participated in the Osteoporosis Exemplary Care Program at St. Michael’s Fracture Clinic. Research participants were interviewed about their perceived fracture risk, recommendations they received about their bone health, results of bone density tests and any lifestyle or behavioral changes they made since their last fracture.
All but one participant appeared to understand they had low bone mass and were at risk of a future fracture, but many were confused about the significance of bone density.
Many said they didn’t want to think about the possibility of a future fracture and felt they had little control over risk factors such as age – yet they all engaged in a number of daily behavioral strategies to manage their fracture risk. Most were concerned about being careful, such as using handrails or wearing proper shoes. But they also said they were considering or taking prescribed medications, were exercising more, eating a healthy diet and taking supplements or using walking aids or devices.
Dr. Sale said she believes the results of her study are in part due to the Osteoporosis Exemplary Care Program at St. Michael’s Hospital that includes a coordinator who educates and follows up with patients. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded that new study. But certain exercises designed to prevent falls, such as Tai Chi and Chi Walking may help older adults with balance and as a result may help prevent more frequent falls as age-related balance issues change. Even changes in hearing and inner-ear changes can influence balance and falls. Tai chi exercises can be done in chairs.
Tai chi for older adults to promote balance and memory by increasing brain size
Tai chi exercises for elderly populations not only helps to increase balance and memory but also increases your brain size, according to a new study published today, June 19, 2012 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (IOS Press). Scientists examined seniors who practiced Tai Chi only three times a week to achieve such remarkable health results.
The question for more study is whether the Tai Chi stepping and arm movements increased the brain size and memory performance of elderly people who practiced it starting at a specific age or whether they practiced Tai Chi for their entire lives beginning in childhood or just beginning in adulthood or in old age. The participants in the new study practiced Tai Chi only three times weekly.
Recent research from the University of South Florida shows that Tai Chi exercise increases your brain size, at least it did in the case of the elderly population of Chinese ancestry studied. Check out the June 19, 2012 news release, “Tai Chi increases brain size, benefits cognition in randomized controlled trial of Chinese elderly.” Or check out the original study’s abstract, “Changes in Brain Volume and Cognition in a Randomized Trial of Exercise and Social Interaction in a Community-Based Sample of Non-Demented Chinese Elders.”
The Tai Chi exercisers didn’t speak compared to a control group in the same trial that showed increases in brain volume and more limited cognitive improvements in the group that participated in lively discussions three times per week during the same time period instead of remaining silent and moving with slow-moving Tai Chi stepping and gentle arm swings.
Tai Chi for seniors also can be done in chairs
Locally, Sacramento offers Tai chi classes at several of the senior centers, the local life-long learning classes for retirees, and at some parks. There also are private studios where Tai chi is taught in special classes for seniors along with chair Tai Chi, Chi walking, and chair yoga.
Places you can learn more about Tai Chi or study the exercises include sites such as, Seniors-Only Tai Chi, Sacramento Tai Chi: T’ai Chi & Qi Gong in Sacramento and Davis. Or see a directory of classes at, Senior Exercise Programs by Location. Also see, Sacramento Seniors – Sacramento Top 10, and the seniors only Tai Chi classes at Tai chi Sacramento. Naturally, if you’re in other cities, check the senior centers and park departments to see what classes are offered. Also check out adult continuing education classes. Or use DVD instruction at home.
You may want to check out the video, Tai Chi Beginners/Seniors and check out your city’s Tai Chi or Chi walking classes for videos for seniors. One example are the numerous Sacramento’s Tai Chi classes for Seniors at the site, Senior Tai Chi Classes West Sacramento CA and also with the class offerings at senior centers. See what your own city offers at community centers or classes for those active in retirement. Some HMOs offer classes in Tai Chi, Chi walking in malls, or chair yoga.
Many senior care facilities and community centers are offering Tai Chi classes (some free of charge) and some for small fees. What exists in your city, or can you start a class and find an instructor familiar with the needs of older adults? Tai chi also has other benefits such as relief from some types of arthritis pain, stiffness, or tiredness. In many cities, Tai Chi or Chi walking classes are held twice a week, helping seniors gain more balance and, usually or hopefully, a feeling of well-being.
Increases in brain volume and memory improvement found in elderly populated practicing Tai chi in the latest study
Scientists from the University of South Florida and Fudan University in Shanghai recently found in the latest study increases in brain volume and improvements on tests of memory and thinking in Chinese seniors who practiced Tai Chi three times a week, reports an article published today in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s not that the brain gets so big it becomes too small for the skull. It’s volume increases in the way of folds and connections of nerves, blood vessels, and other ways of electrical-chemical communication via synapses. Cognition and memory improve.
Check out the original study’s abstract, “Changes in Brain Volume and Cognition in a Randomized Trial of Exercise and Social Interaction in a Community-Based Sample of Non-Demented Chinese Elders.” Authors are: James A. Mortimer, Ding Ding, Amy R. Borenstein, Charles DeCarli, Qihao Guo, Yougui Wu, Qianhua Zhao, Shugang Chu (Handling Associate Editor: Jeff Burns).
Findings were based on an 8-month randomized controlled trial comparing those who practiced Tai Chi to a group who received no intervention. The same trial showed increases in brain volume and more limited cognitive improvements in a group that participated in lively discussions three times per week over the same time period.
Previous trials have shown increases in brain volume in people who participated in aerobic exercise, and in one of these trials, an improvement in memory was seen. However, this was the first trial to show that a less aerobic form of exercise, Tai Chi, as well as stimulating discussion led to similar increases in brain volume and improvements on psychological tests of memory and thinking.
The group that did not participate in the interventions showed brain shrinkage over the same time period, consistent with what generally has been observed for persons in their 60s and 70s.
Numerous studies have shown that dementia and the syndrome of gradual cognitive deterioration that precedes it is associated with increasing shrinkage of the brain as nerve cells and their connections are gradually lost.
Tai chi increases your brain size as it improves memory and balance, especially in an elderly population
“The ability to reverse this trend with physical exercise and increased mental activity implies that it may be possible to delay the onset of dementia in older persons through interventions that have many physical and mental health benefits,” said lead author Dr. James Mortimer, professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.
Research suggests that aerobic exercise is associated with increased production of brain growth factors
It remains to be determined whether forms of exercise like Tai Chi that include an important mental exercise component could lead to similar changes in the production of these factors. “If this is shown, then it would provide strong support to the concept of “use it or lose it” and encourage seniors to stay actively involved both intellectually and physically,” Dr. Mortimer explained in the news release.
One question raised by the research is whether sustained physical and mental exercise can contribute to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common dementia-related illness.
“Epidemiologic studies have shown repeatedly that individuals who engage in more physical exercise or are more socially active have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” Dr. Mortimer said in the news release. “The current findings suggest that this may be a result of growth and preservation of critical regions of the brain affected by this illness.”
The Arthritis Foundation’s 2010 Tai Chi study
The largest study before 2012 is the Arthritis Foundation’s Tai Chi program. That research also showed improvement in pain, fatigue, and stiffness and an increase in a feeling of well-being. In that 2010 study done by the Arthritis Foundation’s Tai Chi program, the participants showed improvement in pain, fatigue, stiffness and sense of well-being. Check out the November 7, 2010 article presented at the latest American College of Rheumatology Meeting, “Study: Tai Chi relieves arthritis pain, improves reach, balance, well-being.”
Their ability to reach while maintaining balance also improved, said Leigh Callahan, PhD, the study’s lead author, associate professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and a member of UNC’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center. According to the November 7, 2010 news release, “Our study shows that there are significant benefits of the Tai Chi course for individuals with all types of arthritis, including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis,” Callahan said. “We found this in both rural and urban settings across a southeastern state and a northeastern state.”
Callahan presented these results in November 2010 at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in Atlanta. In the study, 354 participants were recruited from 20 sites in North Carolina and New Jersey. They were randomly assigned to two groups.
The intervention group received the 8-week, twice-weekly Tai Chi course immediately while the other group was a delayed control group. All participants received baseline and 8-week follow-up evaluations, after which the control group also received the Tai Chi course.
To be eligible for study, participants had to have any type of self-reported, doctor-diagnosed arthritis, be 18 years old or older and able to move independently without assistance. However, they did not have to be able to perform Tai Chi standing. They were eligible for the study if they could perform Tai Chi seated, Callahan said.
Self-reports of pain, fatigue and stiffness and physical function performance measures were collected at baseline and at the eight-week evaluation. Participants were asked questions about their ability to perform activities of daily living, their overall general health and psychosocial measures such as their perceived helplessness and self-efficacy.
The physical performance measures recorded were timed chair stands (which are a measure of lower extremity strength), gait speed (both normal and fast) and two measures of balance: a single leg stance and a reach test, according to the news release. At the end of eight weeks the individuals who had received the intervention showed moderate improvements in pain, fatigue and stiffness. They also had an increased sense of well being, as measured by the psychosocial variables, and they had improved reach or balance, Callahan said.
The study’s co-authors, are all from UNC. The authors are statistician Jack Shreffler, PhD, Betsy Hackney, BS, Kathryn Martin, PhD, and medical student Brian Charnock.
Can Tai Chi help reduce the risk of hip fractures in the elderly?
There’s a threat of epidemic of hip fractures as the population of seniors increases. With the extreme elderly predicted to make up 25% of the total US population by 2050, a new study of hip fractures in the oldest of seniors study calls for more aggressive measures to be introduced to enable osteoporosis to be more effectively prevented, diagnosed and treated.
The study from the European League Against Rheumatism recommends that this should be via traditional methods, e.g. medical professionals, or more holistically via non-traditional settings and providers, like assisted living facilities. As for an American study, new research presented on June 7, 2012 at a meeting of EULAR 2012, the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism, researchers call for more aggressive management of osteoporosis in the extreme elderly as the true impact of osteoporotic hip fractures in those aged 80 years or older is unveiled.
Via the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 4.3 million patients over the age of 65 with osteoporotic hip fractures were studied. Results showed that 67.3% of hip fractures occurred in the extreme elderly, increasing from 172,209 in 1993 to 180,428 in 2008. This growth was despite the fact that hip fracture prevalence decreased from 2,236 to 1,600 per 1,000 person-years in the same period, but is coincident with the dramatic rise in the extreme elderly population, from 7.7 million in 1993 to 11.2 million in 2008.
Check out the June 7, 2012 news release, “Nearly two-thirds of American osteoporotic hip fractures are seen in the extreme elderly.” In addition, in 2008, the extreme elderly made up 42.3% of the elderly population, but accounted for 69% of hospitalizations. “We know that hip fracture in the extreme elderly is a serious problem due to the associated consequences of hospitalization, disability and mortality,” commented Ms. Amrita Sehgal from University of California, USA and lead study author, according to the news release.
“This data is cause for concern as the impact highlighted will only increase along with this population segment. The question now is how we manage the extreme elderly more effectively to limit the impact that osteoporotic fractures have going forward.”
How outdoor fitness can be tailored to meet the needs of seniors with low mobility
Chair yoga and seated Qi Gong and Tai Chi for balance can be one of the greatest summer escapes both for low-mobility seniors and for children or anyone else who needs to get more fit and exercise in a small space, whether it’s outdoors at a nutrition-based picnic or in a park or yard. See, Qi Gong for Seniors.
The goal is to “work out” every joint and muscle in a more safe way without injuring aged or wasted muscles and joints by overdoing exercise if you’ve been sedentary all winter or work at a job where you sit all day. You can avoid muscle burn out by taking it slower.
The next time you’re outdoors or indoors, try sitting in a yoga chair which you can use to do breathing exercises and acquire focus for the day. Outdoor fitness doesn’t always have to be about walking, cycling, or running, especially if you’re an older person who spends most of each day in a chair with work or hobbies.
Chair yoga also can help with balance
If you’re a low-income senior or parent of a child with mobility-related disabilities, going to spas may not be affordable. But you can take classes in chair yoga outdoors or indoors and Tai Chi outdoors or indoors for free or at low-cost at various senior centers and community centers.
This is one more reason to suggest to your child’s school or a local senior center, community center, or apartment complex lounge that bringing yoga classes, including chair yoga and slow movement exercises such as Tai Chi and Qi Kung to Sacramento schools and more senior centers for summer outdoor programs can help increase summer outdoor fitness.
Getting fit and in shape doesn’t have to always be moving fast. Slow exercise and stretching the ‘right’ way also can achieve healthy results. Meditation also is relaxing after practice fitness by stretching.
Chair yoga and seated Tai Chi or Qi Gong
The idea is that outdoor fitness can be tailored to meet the needs of those who have low mobility and still need to move for health. There’s a DVD that offers two hours of chair balance that can be practiced outdoors or indoors. If outdoors, bring a portable DVD player or a laptop. Check out the site where you can get the DVD, Gentle Chair Yoga DVD – Work Every Joint & Muscle Safely.
Chair yoga for seniors is also a great way for children to exercise in a small space while seated when an outdoor setting is too difficult to work in with very young children or with those who have mobility-related disabilities and still want to get in shape. Another alternative outdoors can be Tai Chi for seniors or for children, which can be done as a slow exercise for fitness that helps seniors and children improve their balance. See, the sites, Tai Chi for Balance Study and Tai Chi for Balance or the video, Tai Chi Chuan- inner Balance – Part 1 – YouTube.
Summer months provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor fitness whether you’re a casual walker or boot camp pro. For those who have difficulties walking or bending and for seniors and children with mobility issues, chair yoga in the outdoors or in a room can help shape the world of people with limited mobility.
Chair yoga or chair Tai Chi can be intergenerational
Kids and seniors also can learn to stretch with chair yoga from DVDs such as the popular, chair yoga dvd ®. In Sacramento this summer, you can check out the various chair yoga classes offered to various age groups from seniors to children at the Chair Yoga Classes near Sacramento CA site.
People with multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy at all ages can benefit by fitness training and getting in shape with chair yoga. The special Liz Franklin’s Yoga in Chairs® Teacher Training Intensive is being sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Check out the site, Liz Franklin’s Yoga in Chairs – MS Yoga Teacher Training
For years, scientists have touted the benefits of outdoor exercise, which include improved self-esteem, reduced blood pressure, and greater cardiovascular health. But for those who cannot exercise by bending and twisting or walking very far, green exercise can become holistic health fitness.
Getting in shape outdoors is also thought to be a better method of restoring attention and reducing physiological stress than indoor exercise
If your readers need more excuses to head outside, June also celebrates Great Outdoors Month, National Camping Month, and Women’s Golf Month. But what if you are not able to camp or golf?
Try chair yoga, and better yet, bring chair yoga to your outdoor picnic spread where you serve a variety of raw foods and clean, filtered water instead of the usual charred burgers, hot dogs, or steaks. For school children, chair yoga is one idea to suggest to elementary schools.
Chair yoga at senior centers and on DVDs for balance and circulation improvement
For decades, chair yoga classes have been offered at senior centers and in public parks. The time is ripe for chair yoga to be offered to Sacramento’s children in classes and on school lawns as well as in day camps.
Not all children can participate in the type of yoga that requires twisting and stretching. But most people can start with chair yoga to get moving. Many seniors would love to practice yoga, but can’t bend down or twist due to high blood pressure or vascular and muscle or bone-related issues. Chair yoga and slow Tai Chi or Qi Kung can help provide movement toward more balance and fitness, especially when combined with meditation for de-stressing.
Yoga instructors can work to bring stretching exercise classes to public schools
Yoga instructors work to bring yoga education to elementary schools in your area. Research has shown you can get measurable results. If you’re looking for studies on how yoga can improve the grades of school children, check out the yoga research site relating to yoga for grades kindergarten through high school at K-12 Yoga.
Sacramento school children could benefit by learning the following three subjects, perhaps interweaved with other study programs throughout the day: yoga, nutrition, and mindfulness. For more information on mindfulness, check out the information, Mindfulness In School by Deb Cohen. Instead of cutting physical education activities to prevent obesity and pre-type 2 diabetes issues in children, without additional costs, teachers could spend some time teaching mindfulness.
Senior volunteers can teach chair yoga to children in school or community settings
Under that heading, some yoga stretching, if the teachers are trained in it, some nutrition, and the broad-label, “mindfulness” can be added to help prevent discipline issues or lack of focus in learning. Mindfulness could include not only relaxation and stretching or slower breathing to calm students down, but also to give the students a break from the stress of learning other subjects to which some children have problems paying attention.
Public schools have to deal with discipline problems sometimes when children aren’t paying attention. Those children could be drained of energy or have too much energy that’s not channeled. And nutrition issues could play a part when attention can’t focus. Check out the website, Yoga as an Intervention for Children With Attention Problems, and Yoga for ADD.
Non-violence in school through Yoga or Tai Chi for balance and memory instead of only for martial arts
How would you like to cut down the acts of violence in American schools? See the website, Non-Violence in School through Yoga. Check out the Sacramento directory of yoga education site, Certification Greater Sacramento Yoga Directory Featuring Local Teacher Training. Here’s a chance where nutritionists and yoga teachers can discuss together how to improve the health of school children in Sacramento. In Sacramento, check out the websites, Trish Vance – About Yoga Ed., and Yoga Teacher Training.
With the focus that yoga can bring, students can go from a Yoga class to a nutrition class and learn how to make better food choices or even how to prepare healthier foods using ‘smart’ ingredients that may substitute for familiar, traditional foods that are not agreeing with the needs of each student’s body. Studies show why yoga works so well with elementary school kids. See, Research Synopsis.
Yoga works well with those 9 and 10-year olds who are beginning to have discipline problems or begin to fidget, which may come from nutrition issues or too many school projects. Some students take a foreign language, music, art, math, science, reading, current events, and other courses in elementary as well as in high school. The stress can divert their attention even in the fourth grade. Read the research, Study of 4th Graders.
And after learning nutrition strategies, children in Sacramento schools can use their ‘recess’ time or time spent before physical ed classes were cut for budget reasons, to practicing yoga for a few seconds throughout the day to re-gain focus on learning the basics in school such as reading and math.
Yoga stretches or Tai Chi when energy is low in classrooms or at summer camps
One example is when a child’s energy is low during the day or towards the end of the school session, a short break for a few yoga stretches, even chair yoga can help the child to gain focus again. Teachers who have had some yoga training for use with children can use yoga stretches to help channel anger or fidgeting into the yoga pose, to relax, breathe in a calm way, or stretch.
Also helpful for Sacramento school children are chair Yoga poses. It shouldn’t be only for seniors or those with a disability because yoga stretches, poses, and mild yoga breathing tips or even chair yoga can help children with discipline problems and can be combined with a a nutrition class or session for part of the day, for example in a home room class.
Seniors can teach slow movements for balance and focus to children
It’s not going to take a big budget to help children focus for better learning by using a few minutes throughout the day when energy becomes low and discipline problems begin to show up. And as for a physical ed class for kids in Sacramento, regardless of a budget problem, schools should give a child the choice of yoga or other sports.
The stretching and posing in a mild form made for kids can help children to redirect their energy that makes better learning possible, according to studies on yoga education for kids. Check out the yoga ed website for information and resources.
You can read about these studies. Check out the comprehensive assessment of the Yoga Ed. program by experienced and accredited educators and yoga professionals is essential to the expansion of its program. View a research study of the “Yoga Ed..”™ program at the Accelerated School by the Program Evaluation and Research Collaborative (PERC).
Teachers in public or private schools can also find research studies and more information by contacting the Program Evaluation and Research Collaborative (PERC), Cal State LA Charter College of Education, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032. Check out the collaborative’s website.
Why Senior Volunteers & Teachers Need Training in Yoga Education, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Mindfulness, & Basic Nutrition Strategies
After a short break beside the child’s seat, the individual can go back to learning again, without the need for the type of discipline teachers usually see in class. With a yoga break, a child is less likely to turn around and annoy the child in the next seat.
With old fashion physical ed, where kids run in a circle, sometimes the boy next to the girl in the circle will give her a push, causing a thin child to hit the ground forcefully, face first. With yoga, stretching and cooperating in a hand pose with another child or alone is less likely to encourage gestures such as pushing the kid running beside the aggressive student.
That’s simply because there’s no running, pushing, shoving, or competition with yoga for kids. That’s one more reason why elementary teachers could benefit by learning how to teach yoga in class to create focus for learning. It may lessen the need for discipline and similar directions.
Yoga seated on chairs can be part of physical education or fitness programs for seniors and children
Educators in physical education and/or nutrition need to teach yoga as part of physical education programs to help elementary school children to better focus. If you want some of the fidgeting, distraction, and discipline problems to decrease, yoga might help by showing students how to channel their behavior by stretching and cooperation. In fact, Sacramento teachers can be trained locally to teach and use yoga in their elementary school classrooms to help children focus, relax, and re-energize.
Studies show learning improves after a Yoga exercise break where students learn to stretch, relax, breathe to calm themselves, and cooperate with other kids instead of competing against classmates in other kinds of physical education. Also, mental and physical fitness is emphasized rather than aggressive strategies that teach direct competition.
What distinguishes Yoga Ed. from all other children’s yoga programs?
Yoga Ed is specifically designed for schools, according to the Yoga Ed website. Unlike other yoga programs for youth, the Yoga Ed. K-8 Program is a written 36-week Curriculum of Lesson Plans for three different developmental levels, a Teacher’s Guide with poses illustrated and named, resources for enrolling a school administration and getting started, homework, quizzes, reproducible handouts and suggestions for intra-curricular projects.
A Reference Book of all games and visualizations is also included. This format is specifically designed to conform to the requirements for implementation in public schools.
Low Cost / High Return
The Yoga Ed. K-8 Program offers schools an effective, low-cost way to develop physical and mental fitness in a form they can accept and support. No high cost equipment or specialized space is required. Through yoga education, children’s physical, mental and emotional fitness is enhanced; they are more ready to learn and achieve and to lead conscious, healthy and productive lives.
Our philosophy and methodology provide an educationally integrated school-based program that offers tangible and measurable results. Scientific studies prove that yoga improves focus, concentration and learning readiness as well as enhances health and fitness.
Yoga Ed.is committed to proving through additional research that the Yoga Ed. Program lays a foundation for lifetime health/wellness and academic achievement. To that end, we continue to collect data and evaluate our programs.
Addresses the Whole Person
Each lesson or inquiry uses yoga to experientially, scientifically and creatively explore the body, mind and self. Classes are designed to support an active exploration of themes that enrich children’s understanding of themselves and develop knowledge as well as awareness.
A Community as Your Resource
Yoga Ed. Community provides our K-8 Instructor Training and Tools for Teachers graduates with a sense of belonging to a passionate and committed movement. We support each other by sharing best practices, success stories, research data and job opportunities.
If you are interested in teaching yoga to children or in supporting the Yoga Ed. movement, please contact Yoga Ed. The program invites your concerns, questions, ideas or resources. Yoga Ed welcomes volunteer assistance as well as hearing about ways that the program might be able to expand its trainings to new locations or support new research.
What is the difference between Yoga Ed. Instructor Training and Yoga Ed. Tools for Teachers?
The Yoga Ed. Instructor Training prepares qualified yogis (people who are yoga teachers or who have completed a yoga teacher training or equivalent) to teach Yoga Ed. to children in schools and Yoga Tools to classroom teachers. It includes the 36-week Curriculum and Tools for Teachers Training Handbook.
Yoga Tools for Teachers trains classroom teachers, or anyone who works with children, to utilize simple yoga-based exercises to enhance health, well-being, learning and responsible behavior. This program enables teachers to support themselves and their students in de-stressing and being their best.
Yoga Tools can be done by anyone in 5 – 15 minutes and require no previous yoga experience, extra space or equipment. Yoga Tools are nurturing and transformational techniques that are also used by parents, nurses, counselors, social workers and mentors of all kinds, according to the Yoga Ed website.
Is Yoga a religion?
No, gentle yoga for older adults for balance and chair yoga is not a religion. The practice of yoga is not faith based. Yoga neither asks for nor requires an expression or practice of a transcendent belief. The goal of Yoga or Tai chi when designed for older adults is to promote balance. The goals also include helping to increase circulation in the brain and body and to improve energy and the health of cellular mitochondria.
Yoga is a science: an ancient methodology of mind-body-breath exercise that enhances physical and mental health. Yoga can help you achieve a specific goal: physical fitness, mental clarity, relaxation, academic achievement or emotional management. These outcomes have been documented in scientific studies from around the world.
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