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.
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.
- 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).
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. …
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.
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 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]
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.
On-Campus Program FAQs
Unless otherwise indicated, our programs are open to participants 18 years of age and older.
- 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.
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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