Recently I read Jane Brody’s New York Times article, It’s Not Too Late to Become a Yoga Believer. In it, she discusses her colleague William Broad's book, The Science of Yoga, her apprehensions about the dangers of yoga, and the lack of certification for yoga instructors.
In my private practice and in my workshops, I have worked on too many injured yoga instructors and their students to discount the dangers of yoga.
Many of the same benefits you would find in a well-taught and protective yoga class, you would find designed into the way you learn how to move in my new mind-body fitness program, Change Your Age.
Change Your Age uses developmental movements from childhood and applies them to adults, which requires moving in entirely new ways. It emphasizes the quality of your movements rather than taking a typical quantitative approach of How Much, How Far, How Fast, How Many, How Well Do I Fit Asana?
As we get older, we lose coordination, which can have devastating effects on our quality of movement. Change Your Age focuses on regaining lost coordination. If you improve your coordination, you'll improve your overall mobility including your posture, your balance and your gracefulness.
Change Your Age teachers are certified Feldenkrais practitioners and require a minimum of 800 hours of training and many more hours of practice, spread over a 4 year time span. These are the requirements to be admitted into a Change Your Age teacher training program. Change Your Age teachers are highly qualified instructors, familiar with exercise and aging issues.
I invite you to read some excerpts of my book Change Your Age, published by Perseus Books/Da Capo Press Lifelong Books in 2010.
I believe the Change Your Age program-- available as a book, DVD set and classes and workshops nationwide-- offers a safer and more interesting way for people to engage their body and brain to achieve healthier aging.