APRIL 28, 2018 1 PM - 5 PM Join me for Teacher Training: Teaching Yoga for Dementia Patients and their Care Partners
Columbia Yoga Center, Columbia, Maryland. Call the Yoga Center to register at 410-720-4340 or register at www.columbiayoga.com
1 Day Workshop for Yoga Teachers: Adaptive Yoga for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
Call or leave your information in the comment section of this website to set up a time to have this workshop delivered to your studio!
The prevalence of dementia is skyrocketing as baby boomers enter their senior years. Chances are, that as a gentle yoga teacher, you will have students with dementia in your class. Dementia is the umbrella term for a loss of cognition that leads to difficulty performing everyday tasks. There are over 50 different types of dementia of which Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80 percent. This underserved population can benefit greatly from a consistent yoga practice, but as a yoga teacher, are you prepared with the tools you need to provide them with the best possible yoga experience?
Join Cathy Rees, MSN, ERYT200, RTY500 in this 3 hour workshop to learn about dementia and the Alzheimer’s brain. Understand the evidence-based research and theoretical approaches to engage the student with dementia. See how it all comes together as you participate in a mock class designed especially for the student suffering from moderate dementia. Leave with the necessary tools feeling prepared to teach a class for those suffering from dementia, and offer your students the greatest gift of all, present moment joy!
Part I: Understanding Dementia and the Alzheimer’s Brain: 45 minutes
Part II: The Nuts and Bolts of Teaching Yoga for the Dementia Population: 75 minutes
· Understanding the Evidence-based approach to teaching yoga for dementia
· Rules of Engagement: Useful methods to approach and engage the person with dementia
· Setting up a sacred space and using music
· Creating the class plan template: 30 minutes
Part III: Mock class designed for students with moderate dementia: 45minutes
2 Day Workshop for Yoga Teachers: Adaptive Yoga for Dementia and their Caregivers
Part 1: Understanding Dementia and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms
Part 2: Rules of Engagement—useful strategies for engaging the student with dementia
Learning to teach yoga students suffering from dementia requires a unique skill set. Depending on your demographics, you may encounter people experiencing mild to severe levels of disease progression in a single classroom. First, it is essential to understand dementia and its many forms. Equally important is recognizing neuropsychiatric behavioral symptoms associated with the disease. Having this level of understanding of disease progression and associated behaviors will help to prepare you to meet the student where they are. Finally, learning to engage the student by entering their world requires a special approach. The proper approach aligns the student and teacher to practice together in a meaningful way.
Part 3: Teaching Yoga to Students with varying degrees of Dementia
Part 4: Understanding Caregiver Challenges-- Designing the Right Class for Carers
My yoga program for dementia, called “Here and Now Yoga” is designed to support those with dementia and Alzheimer ’s disease at every level of the disease process. Here and Now Yoga is an effectiveness-based group program that helps participants relax and calm their nervous system while easing neuropsychiatric symptoms. As an adjunct to medical management, engaging in yoga opens a window for calm and joy and elicits tangible behavioral changes that help journey toward improved well-being.
Being a caregiver can rewarding in unimaginable ways, but it can create challenges in the carers personal life. No one can fully understand the depth of these challenges. A relaxed, healthy and happy caregiver is better able to help their loved one and facilitate improved behavioral symptoms for the person with dementia. Learn about caregiver challenges and as an instructor, understand the components necessary for planning a yoga class to help meet these unique
Yoga Center of Columbia--8950 State Route #108, Columbia, Maryland 21045
Thursdays 10:45-12:15 weekly---Gentle Yoga for Any Body
Join me every Thursday at the Yoga Center of Columbia for a Gentle Yoga Class. This class is taught using a mat and is for anyone interested in bringing space and awareness into their body. Please click on the link above to view the Yoga Center of Columbia Website to sign up for the session or drop in anytime.
Other classes for yoga instructors to come and observe
Tuesday: 10-11 AM: Gentle Chair Yoga at Fairhaven Independent Living
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:15-1 PM: Yoga for Dementia at Copper Ridge (2 classes)
Tuesday 1:15-2: Adaptive Yoga for Assisted Living Residents at Fairhaven
Tuesday 4:30-5:30: Yoga for Care Partners at Copper Ridge Memory Clinic
Tuesday: 2:30-3:30: Yoga for the Office Worker at WellAdvantage
Thursday: 10:45-12:15: Gentle Mat Yoga at the Yoga Center of Columbia
Thursday 1:30-2 PM Adaptive Yoga at Residential Home
Thursday 3:30-4:30: Adaptive Yoga for Dementia at Transitions in Sykesville, Maryland
Gentle Yoga for Care Partners
Tuesdays at 4:30-5:30 PM Location: Copper Ridge Institute, Sykesville, Maryland21784
Call the Memory Clinic at Copper Ridge at 410-552-3211 to register Classes are ongoing and you can start at any time.
Being a caregiver is rewarding in unimaginable ways, but it can create challenges in your personal life. The Mayo Clinic reports that 60% of all caregivers have a high level of stress which can lead to depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, and sleep disturbances.
The difficulties associated with continual caregiving requires periods of respite in order to sustain the level of attention and energy needed to care for someone with great needs. Yoga classes designed specifically for you, the caregiver, can provide that much needed period of respite to help restore and refresh you for another day.
Gentle Yoga for Care Partners allows you the opportunity to tune into your own body. It opens a window for you to enjoy some quality time to breathe, lengthen overworked muscles, and unwind. You are invited to practice breathing techniques led by the instructor for relaxation as well as simple guided meditation for calming anxiety and uplifting your mood. Yoga poses are gentle and accessible to everyone offering you the opportunity to practice yoga using a mat or a chair. We will finish each class with restorative poses for that icing on the cake feeling!
Yoga for Caregivers benefits the carer by:
· Reducing stress and depression
· Enhancing the quality of sleep
· Helping you to find balance
· Offering an opportunity to meet other carers creating an informal support group
Target Audience: Gentle Yoga for Care Partners (caregiver and loved one with MCI or dementia) is appropriate for all levels and anyone in need of some respite and restoration. The class will be taught using the chair as well as the mat; no one is required to get on the floor. All poses can be adapted to the chair as needed.