As we age, we change, and so should our yoga. Whether you are a longtime practitioner or a beginner, this workshop will offer you ways to meet your changing body and life just as you are, in a community of your peers.
When we are over 50, we have many skills and life experiences and also different questions than we had in our 20s. How do I best meet this next phase of my life? What do I need to add to my life and what should I let go of? What is the balance between self-care and service to others? And when did I start feeling so stiff in the morning?
Practices will include asana that respects our joints and chronic sore places but will also safely build physical strength, balance, suppleness and stamina. We’ll focus on practices that are sustainable for aging bodies with youthful hearts. We’ll move all body parts each day and then rest deeply in poses that leave us feeling open, refreshed and ready for the next adventure. With many years of therapeutic yoga experience, Marcia will help you identify ways to care for your tight (or sore) shoulders, hips, knees or back. Meditation and breathing practices will bring us clarity, attention and integration. Spring in rural Virginia will also nourish and delight us.
This weekend workshop is appropriate for men and women over 50 who want to continue caring for themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually as they age. People of all yoga traditions and experience levels are welcome including those new to yoga. For this workshop you must be able to get up and down off the floor (but it need not be graceful!)
Marcia (Bhavani) Miller has been a yoga teacher her entire adult life. She has taught all types of students including beginners, yoga teachers, prisoners, seniors, ballet dancers, war veterans and cancer patients. One of the founders/owners of Yoga on High, she is the co-director of its advanced Teacher Training Programs including a Therapeutic Teacher Training. She designed and taught the yoga protocol for two research studies at the Ohio State University studying the effects of yoga on the immune system and on women healing from breast cancer. She is also one of a handful of Master Teachers in the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) Program created by Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee and Donna Karan. In addition to leading trainings, she offers UZIT in the largest medical center in Columbus, working with nurses, patients and their families. Visit: www.yogaonhigh.com
In 2008 Marcia took the lead in founding the Yoga on High Foundation, a fund at the Columbus Foundation as a way to serve all populations of people in her community including low income kids, people with diabetes, homeless veterans, and survivors of cancer and sexual abuse. She is also known for the clarity and compassion of her language, having studied and taught Nonviolent Communication for many years. In her 6th decade, she is well aware of the aging process, its challenges and its many blessings.