Senior Yoga Teacher Training

This 15-hour highly-interactive weekend intensive is for anyone seeking to understand the needs of senior yoga students. Through group activity and inquiry, students will explore methods for practicing and teaching yogasana (poses) to minimize current symptoms, prevent further complications, and improve quality of life. Much of the content of this workshop is applicable to other populations who require modification of traditional yoga poses.


This workshop includes:

• The importance of spinal alignment and posture

• Facilitating greater body awareness

• Breathing practices and the role of the breath in practice

• Adapting and assisting asana for seniors (and others with challenges)

• Sequencing the Senior Yoga class

• Common health conditions from western and Ayurvedic perspectives

• Psychosocial issues affecting lifestyle, functionality, and teaching considerations

• Ethics from a yogic perspective (yama and niyama) as applied to working with seniors


In addition, upon completion of this training, qualified yoga teachers may enroll in the 12-week home study program to receive the HDY Senior Yoga Teacher Certification.


The next Senior Yoga Teacher Training (March 27–29, 2020) has been postponed until further notice.








HDY Senior Yoga Teacher Certification

Those who have completed a 200 hour (or more) yoga teacher training and the Senior Yoga Teacher Training may elect to complete  Senior Yoga Teacher Certification project. The project consists of writing a short summary of considerations for teaching yoga to seniors, logging personal practice, and giving private sessions to seniors including photographs and brief summaries of the sessions. This is a 12-week home study project that requires a minimum of 20 hours. The cost for the program is $75 + tax, payable at the end of the Senior Teacher Training before embarking on the certification project.





Nishtha Jane Kappy, E-RYT500, has been exploring yoga and movement practices for 4 decades and began teaching yoga in 2010. She is certified as a Senior Yoga Teacher through High Desert Yoga and teaches senior yoga and beginning and intermediate classes for the general population. After 20 years as a licensed massage therapist, Nishtha brings to her teaching a hands-on knowledge and curiosity about human anatomy with a focus on internal organization and body awareness.

High Desert Yoga

4600 Copper Ave NE,

Albuquerque, New Mexico 

87108, USA

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