Yoga for Osteoporosis
Certification

Postures for All to Learn and Some to Teach
SEPT 8–11, 2022

LOREN FISHMAN, MD

LOREN FISHMAN, MD

SEPT 8–11, 2022
TUITION:
$795
Add 3 nights all-inclusive lodging and meals
SEPT 8–11, 2022
Retreat Type
AyurvedaAyurveda
Must Be 18+Must Be 18+
Professional Development & TrainingsProfessional Development & Trainings
Yoga & Teacher TrainingsYoga & Teacher Trainings
Retreat Goals
Get HealthyGet Healthy
Personal DevelopmentPersonal Development

Please Note

In alignment with the CDC guidelines, all guests will be required to show proof of vaccination OR a lab-certified Covid-19 test that produced negative results taken within 72 hours of their arrival at the Center when checking in.

Health & Safety Updates

CEUs available.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, more than 10 million adults have osteoporosis, and another 44 million adults have osteopenia, and 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.

In this experiential program with Loren Fishman, MD, and yoga teacher Liz Larson, you’ll learn to teach others yoga poses shown to reverse osteoporosis as you gain a deeper understanding of bone health and how yoga works to prevent and reverse bone loss.

This evidence-based workshop is built on Dr. Fishman’s 10-year study of the effects of yoga on bone mineral density, as well as improvements in posture, balance, strength, range of motion and coordination. 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. 

Through group discussion, physical movement, hands-on experience, and one-on-one sharing, you’ll learn

  • The definitive way to do the 12 yoga poses proven to reverse osteoporosis
  • How to teach beginner, intermediate, and classical versions of these poses 
  • About the four types of scoliosis
  • New poses specific for 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.

No previous experience needed to take and learn this course. However, there are requirements for certification.

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.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • 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 have less than five years’ of 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). 

Presenters

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Dr. Loren Fishman

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.

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Liz Larson

Liz Larson, RYT 200, is the study administrator for Dr. Loren Fishman’s current dose-response study examining the effects of yoga on osteoporosis. She is a former librarian and researcher whose career has spanned both the arts and the sciences. Liz is passionate about using yoga to improve health, arguably our most valuable resource. She completed her 200-hr YTT at Pure Yoga in NYC, has an MLS from Pratt Institute, a BA from Grinnell College, and has studied with Dr. Fishman for more than five years.

Reviews

Thomas Edison of yoga
William Broad, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
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Dr. Fishman is a Thomas Edison of yoga.
A Miracle Worker
Jane Brody, NY Times
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To his patients, Dr. Fishman is a miracle worker.
This Is It
A.M. Baltimore, M.D.
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If you only go to one more workshop in your life, this is it.
Saved Me
Heather Van Wolff
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I had seen more than 30 doctors about my chronic neck issues. Dr. Fishman was the first doctor to correctly diagnose my Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). The time and care he took in the interview process made all the difference. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving me!
Completely Healed
Shelly Wade
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Because of Dr. Fishman, I walked into his office and 2 days later I was able to take an international flight without pain. He completely healed me. I know back and neck issues are common and would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Fishman. He’s kind, smart — the best at what he does.
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Tom Spradley
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After I started using the Yoga for Osteoperosis program, not only did my bone density increase but I had a marked decrease in Restless Leg Syndrome symptoms. I’m sleeping much better now. Thank you!
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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.)

 

Private Hotel Room

$334/Night/Per Person
  • King bed or two full beds
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Shared Hotel Room (2 People)

$258/Night/Per Person
  • King bed or two full beds
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Private Retreat Room

$244/Night/Per Person
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)

$199/Night/Per Person
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Shared Retreat Room (3 People)

$173/Night/Per Person
  • Twin beds
  • Private Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-fi
  • Daily Delicious Vegetarian Meals
  • Complimentary Tea/Coffee & Fresh Fruit
  • Daily Yoga & Meditation Classes
  • Access to Gym & Steam Rooms

Schedule

Yoga vs. Osteoporosis Certification
Postures to Learn & Teach

September 8–11, 2022

Your Program Session Times (subject to change)

Thursday, September 8  7:30–9:30 pm [2hrs]
Friday, September 9  9:00 am–1:00 pm and 2:00–5:30 pm [7.5hrs]
Saturday, September 10  9:00 am–1:00 pm and 2:00–5:30 pm [7.5hrs]
Sunday, September 11  9:00 am–12:00 pm [3hrs]

General Information

All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST) unless otherwise noted.

Arrival Day
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

Clay Studio
  • 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.

FAQs

On-Campus Program FAQs

Unless otherwise indicated, our programs are open to participants 18 years of age and older. 

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.

To encourage a healthy environment we ask that guests not consume alcohol or meat in our public spaces, however, guests may enjoy these items in their rooms.

Our property is always smoke-free.

Yes, we ask that guests with food allergies simply inform us so we can communicate those needs to our chef. Typically, we label potential allergens such as gluten, dairy, and nuts.

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Location

639 Whispering Hills Road
Boone, NC 28607
800.392.6870

Discover deep rest and rejuvenation on our tranquil mountaintop campus set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina.  

Talk to an Ayurveda Specialist

TUITION
$795
Add 3 nights all-inclusive lodging and meals

Art of Living Retreat Center

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"The techniques I learned here have literally transformed my life."
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Weekend of Creativity Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Plan your special day over a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
  • Walk our beautiful labyrinth or hike one of our scenic nature trails and reconnect with your inner self.
  • Express your creativity and have some fun playing with and shaping clay in your pottery class.

AFTERNOON

  • Mingle with like-minded visitors over lunch in the Dining Hall.
  • Cook up something new together in our Ayurveda cooking class or get clever on the canvas in a painting class.
  • Unwind with a relaxing spa treatment. Choose from a warm oil massage, energizing facial, or rejuvenating Netra Tarpana treatment and let our professional therapists pamper you. (Additional spa treatments available here.)
  • Recharge in the steam room.

EVENING

  • Browse our shop for crystals, jewelry, scarves, and more.
  • Nourish your body with a healthy dinner.
  • Take in the spectacular sunset or join the fireside concert.

Discover Ayurveda Solo Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Energize your mind, body, and spirit with morning yoga or meditation class.
  • Savor a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
  • Self-reflect as you leisurely walk our beautiful labyrinth.
  • Rest, replenish and rejuvenate with Abhyanga therapy—a detoxifying warm oil Ayurveda massage that incorporates warm, aromatic oils, rhythmically massaged into your body, cleansing, relaxing, and re-energizing the body and mind.

AFTERNOON

  • Grab some delicious chai and relax in our cafe or take in the majestic views on our deck.
  • Plan your afternoon over a nourishing lunch.
  • Connect with nature while hiking or walking one of our many breathtaking mountain trails.
  • Return to the spa for a Basti session to rejuvenate your joints! Stiff joints are bathed in warm medicated oil and massaged to deepen the therapeutic effects that increase lubrication and promote smooth flexibility and mobility.

EVENING

  • Get creative and have fun in our painting studio or kitchen.
  • Refuel your body with a tasty and healthy dinner.

Rejuvenating Bliss Solo Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Gaze at the sunrise while filling your lungs with fresh mountain air and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.
  • Sow a new level of calm and balance into your life with a Yoga or meditation class.
  • Enjoy a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
  • Cleanse your soul with a leisurely walk on one of our beautiful nature trails.

AFTERNOON

  • Nourish your body with a healthy and nutritious lunch.
  • Make a new memory with a cooking, painting, or pottery* class (*additional cost).
  • Choose from the widest selection of Ayurvedic therapies in the US for whole-body nourishment and renewal and let our professional therapists do all the work while you relax and rejuvenate.
  • Unwind in the steam room.

EVENING

  • Stop by our bookstore and explore our collection of new and classic self-care and spiritual resources.
  • Grab a fresh, calming herbal tea and curl up with a good book in your cozy room.

Mother-Daughter Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Plan your special day over a delicious whole-foods breakfast.
  • Retreat into relaxation with a mother-daughter spa treatment. Choose from a warm oil massage, energizing facial, or rejuvenating Netra Tarpana treatment and let our professional therapists pamper you. (Additional spa treatments available here.)
  • Recharge in the steam room.

AFTERNOON

  • Enjoy a decadent Mexican hot chocolate and reminisce in our cozy cafe.
  • Browse our shop for crystals, jewelry, scarves, and more.
  • Mingle with like-minded visitors over lunch in the Dining Hall.
  • Explore our captivating campus or head out on one of our guided mountain trail hikes.
  • Cook up something new together in our Ayurveda cooking class.
  • Self-reflect as you leisurely walk our beautiful labyrinth.

EVENING

  • Feed your body with a healthy dinner.
  • Take in the spectacular sunset or join the fireside concert.

Girlfriends Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING
  • Energize your mind, body, and spirit together with morning yoga or meditation class.
  • Catch up over a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
  • Connect with nature and reminisce while hiking one of our many mountain trails.
AFTERNOON
  • Plan your afternoon over a nourishing lunch.
  • De-stress with a girlfriends spa treatment, like our relaxing signature massage, hydrating facial, or energizing Marma session, and let our therapists work their magic. (Additional spa treatments available here.)
  • Get creative and have fun in our painting studio or Ayurveda food kitchen.
  • Grab some delicious chai and relax in our cafe or take in the majestic views on our deck.
EVENING
  • Plenty of time for bonding during a dinner.
  • Visit our shop and grab some souvenirs, rejuvenating herbal supplements, and restorative health products from Shankara’s all-natural beauty line.
  • Dance and sing at Kirtan.

Couples Wellness Escape

(Sample Schedule)

MORNING

  • Gaze at the sunrise while filling your lungs with fresh mountain air and reminisce on the moments that connected you.
  • Bring a new level of calm and balance to your relationship with a Yoga or Meditation class.
  • Enjoy a delicious whole-foods breakfast together.
  • Walk or hike one of our beautiful nature trails and reconnect with each other, nature, and oneself.

AFTERNOON

  • Share a healthy and nutritious lunch.
  • Make a new memory by taking a workshop or educational class, or create a new experience together with a pottery*, watercolor painting, or cooking class (*additional cost).
  • Reduce tension and stress with a couple’s or individual Ayurveda spa treatment. Choose from the widest selection of Ayurvedic therapies in the US for whole-body nourishment and renewal.
  • Unwind in the steam room together.

EVENING

  • Stop by our bookstore and explore our collection of self-care and spiritual resources or spend time reading in the cafe.

Small Group Inquiry Request

Note: You will receive an email confirming our receipt of your inquiry.

Our peak season runs April–November, so space fills up quickly during that time.