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Jun 25, 2018

070: Teaching Yoga for Seniors: Is Age Nothing but a Number? with Shannon Crow

 

On today’s solo episode Shannon shares her experience with posting a question on The Yoga and Movement Research Group on Facebook  where she asked:



Who is teaching yoga for students who are 50+ and what are you calling it?

A general All Levels or Gentle Yoga are not what we are looking for. Instead something new and fun.

Also, to clarify -- I am looking for a name that isn't offensive (such as yoga for seniors would be).

 

Shannon was asking on behalf of a client who had been approached by a group of 50+ women requesting their own yoga class without mentioning the term “senior”.

The question set off an intense debate resulting in over 500 responses in the thread. It was certainly a hot button issue with words like “ageist” and “offensive” being scattered throughout the responses. A very interesting conversation developed and many asked if a class geared towards seniors was even necessary. A significant number of responses were something like “just call it yoga.”

Many important points were discussed, bringing in a wealth of insight. Through this thread we were able to compile a list of possible class names that were shared by respondents with great humour and wisdom. Other important considerations pulled from the thread included defining “senior”, the gift of teaching older adults, and marketing considerations.

Shannon is grateful for the insight she gained from this passionate debate. Aging in the context of yoga is a topic that clearly needs to be explored. What is your opinion about yoga for seniors? Has this episode sparked any insights? Do you have any class names to add to the list? We would love to hear from you.

 

10:20 Shannon’s post that sparked the debate

 

15:10 Compiling and sharing the wealth of responses

 

17:30 How to we define senior?

 

18:25 Yoga teachers that are firmly against senior specific classes

 

21:25 Yogini Flame on ageism and her own view of aging

 

25:25 Yoga students that want to be grouped by age

 

28:00 The beauty of teaching older adults

 

29:45 Marketing considerations  

 

31:35 List of class name suggestions

 

33:35 Shannon’s final thoughts and gratitude for the insightful conversation

Links

 

Yoga for Seniors article (written by Laura Cameron)

 

Shannon's Seniors Yoga Question: Facebook Post and Thread

 

Austin Ince’s Website: Shanti Power Yoga

 

Flame’s Facebook Group: Yogis and Yoginis

 

Louise Bloom on Tumblr: Bloom Yoga Coaching

 

Autumn Anderson’s Facebook Page: Wellness for Busy Women

 

The Connected Teacher Facebook Group

 

Follow The Connected Teacher on Youtube

 

Book a Consultation Call with Shannon

 

Yoga for Pelvic Health Teacher Training with Shannon

 

Yoga Anytime

 

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