The definitive resource on how to use yoga to foster your physical, mental, and emotional health for a lifetime.
Everyone would like to age as heathfully as possible and now numerous studies confirm what many yoga preactitioners have known for a long time: yoga practice has a remarkable impact on physical and mental health--and spiritual well-being--as you grow older. Yoga for Healthy Aging is the most accessible and usable guide available on to how yoga can address concerns realted to strength, flexibility, balance, agility, cardiovascular health, brain health, and stress management, among other issues.
The authors--both popular and respected yoga teachers (one of whom is a family physician) provide readers with a yoga toolbox for healthy aging that includes poses, breathing practices, meditation, and yoga philosophy. They then offer you a safe, real-world yoga program to suit your particular needs. These short yoga practices were developed in consultation with scientific and medical experts on aging, and allow you to focus on maintaining overall physical health and/or addressing target problem areas, such as digestion, cardiovascular health, or anxiety. The authors conclude with instructions for practicing several different forms of conscious relaxation and meditation, all of which will set you up for a lifetime of emotional and spiritual well-being. This book includes over 200 instructional photos.
About the Authors:
BAXTER BELL, MD, has been combining his interests in medicine, yoga, acupuncture, healing, and healthy aging for many years. He teaches yoga in the US and internationally and runs teacher training programs. He is past director of the Deep Yoga Training at Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, CA, and serves as adjunct faculty on teacher training programs and therapeutic yoga trainings around the country. Baxter also combines his experience as a family physician with training in medical acupuncture, maintaining a complementary medical practice, where he focuses on acupuncture and therapeutic yoga.
NINA ZOLOTOW is editor-in-chief of the "Yoga for Healthy Aging" blog. She is a yoga writer and a certified yoga teacher and a longtime yoga practitioner. Her special area of expertise is yoga for emotional well-being (including yoga for stress, insomnia, depression, and anxiety). She completed the three-year teacher training program at The Yoga Room in Berkeley, CA, has studied yoga therapy with Shari Ser and Bonnie Maeda, and is especially influenced by the teachings of Donald Moyer. She has studied extensively with Rodney Yee and is inspired by the teachings of Patricia Walden on yoga for emotional healing. She teaches workshops and series classes on yoga for emotional well-being, yoga for stress, yoga for better sleep, home practice, and cultivating equanimity. Nina is the coauthor, with Rodney Yee, of two books on yoga: Yoga: The Poetry of the Body and Moving Toward Balance.