According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, more than 10 million adults have osteoporosis and another 44 million adults are at-risk for broken bones, immobility, pain, placement in nursing homes, isolation, and other health problems. It’s more important than ever to understand bone health and apply preventive and reversing methods of treatment to bone loss.
Learn to teach others yoga poses shown to reverse osteoporosis, a condition affecting 54 million Americans and more than 200 million people worldwide. This valuable knowledge will benefit you and others in your community throughout your lives.
Discover the bone-building way to do these twelve poses and their modifications, how to judge where to start with yourself and others, and how and when to progress from one level to another.
Yoga improves bone mineral density and bone quality, as per Dr. Fishman’s 10-year study. It also improves your balance, posture, strength, range of motion and coordination, and lowers your anxiety: all factors that further reduce your risk of fracture, and none of which you get with any medicine. With yoga, there are no side effects, and you can do it for as long as you live. New poses for scoliosis complement this program.
Join Dr. Fishman and Liz Larson, RYT-200, in this 20-hour course at the Art of Living Retreat Center to gain a deeper understanding of bone health and how yoga works to prevent and reverse bone loss. Through group discussion, physical movement, hands-on experience, and one-on-one sharing, you’ll learn
- How to teach beginner, intermediate, and classical versions of the 12 yoga poses proven to reverse osteoporosis
- The four types of scoliosis
- How to evaluate your students’ levels of ability and effort, and the art of advancing people from one level to the next.
The workshop presents a non-drug solution to a growing national and international problem. Take home the knowledge, skills, and certification to successfully reverse osteoporosis and establish good bone health in yourself and your students.
- 5 years experience and a 200-hour certification in yoga teaching **
- Practicum at the end of the workshop
- Grade of 70 or above on written test at end of course.
Those who complete this course and already have five years experience teaching yoga are considered “certified.” Certified teachers are eligible to serve as teachers in Dr. Fishman’s medical study examining the effects of yoga on osteoporosis.
**Those who complete this course and who have less than five years experience teaching yoga are considered “registered.” Once they have taught yoga for five years, they are automatically considered “certified” and are then eligible to serve as teachers in Dr. Fishman’s medical study examining the effects of yoga on osteoporosis.
Some exceptions to the 5-year teaching requirement may be made for physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and other bodyworkers.
Those participants who complete the course (either as registered or certified teachers), will have the option to have their names listed as Dr. Fishman Method osteoporosis teachers on Dr. Fishman’s website, sciatica.org.
Note: You do not need to be a yoga teacher to attend.
Open to everyone—all levels of yoga experience. This program could be of special interest to yoga teachers and therapists, health-care professionals, and anyone looking for the definitive way to strengthen bones.
This program is approved for 20 CEUs by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
Precourse Work Upon registration, you will receive a course manual which you should read in advance. Dr. Fishman’s and Ellen Saltonstall’s book, Yoga for Osteoporosis (W.W. Norton, 2010) is also recommended reading.
Loren Fishman, MD, BPhil (Oxon), medical director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is a world-recognized pioneer in the treatment of low back pain, piriformis syndrome, osteoporosis, and other conditions. …
Dr. Fishman’s assistant, Liz Larson, RYT 200, is a precise and intuitive teacher who has worked with Dr. Fishman for 5 years.
Rooms & Pricing
All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of checkout. (Rates below are per person.)
Yoga for Osteoporosis Certification
September 23–26, 2021
Your Program Session Times (subject to change)
Thursday, September 23 7:00–9:00 pm [2hrs]
Friday, September 24 9:00 am–1:00 pm and 2:00–5:30 pm [7.5hrs]
Saturday, September 25 9:00 am–1:00 pm and 2:00–5:30 pm [7.5hrs]
Sunday, September 26 9:00 am–12:00 pm [3hrs]
All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST) unless otherwise noted.
4:00 pm Check-in begins; Rooms are ready by 4:00 pm, but if you arrive early we will hold your luggage at Reception.
6:00–7:00 pm Dinner
7:00–7:20 pm Guest Orientation Session (Venue: Dining Hall)
Actual schedules and venues may vary; please confirm with Front Desk upon check-in.
Apart from the activities in your program schedule, we offer the following optional complementary activities. (Please join only if your program schedule permits.)
9:45–10:45 am Yoga | Thu–Sun
11:00 am–12:00 pm Mind & Meditation | Thu–Sun
1:30–2:15 pm Guided Hike | Assemble at Shankara Reception | Sat
2:30–3:45 pm Ayurveda Cooking Class* | Tulsi Kitchen
Thu: Sweet Treats • Sat: Chef’s Seasonal Recipe
4:15–5:15 pm Yoga | Wed–Sat
5:30–6:00 pm Guided Meditation | Wed–Sat
7:30–8:15 pm Meditative Chants/Kirtan | Wed–Sat
Saturday kirtan is outdoor by the bonfire; weather permitting.
*Included with Wellness Escapes and R&R; Other participants: $35.00/per person
10:00 am–6:00 pm Saturday
Clay Handbuilding $35.00 (1 hour)
Throwing Wheel $45.00 (2 hours)
Hours: 9:00 am–6:30 pm daily
We invite you to also make reservations for consultations, therapies, and treatments at our award-winning Shankara Ayurveda Wellness prior to arrival in order to ensure availability. Please call 828-264-8382 for details. Additional cost.
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On-Campus Program FAQs
For room reservations, Ayurveda Wellness Retreats, and Art of Living Retreat Center (AOLRC) signature retreats, we have the following cancellation policy:
- Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
- Nonrefundable credit toward a future AOLRC program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any AOLRC program or stay for one year following date of issue.
- No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content. AOLRC reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If AOLRC cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions. For all other retreats, please be sure to check the registration page specific to that retreat.
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Our property is always smoke-free.
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