OK, so we have Pre/post natal yoga and Kids yoga with certification standards. I understand that is important when working with children. One should be carefully trained because of the issues such as: pedophiles getting into yoga as a means to get to children; issues of child abuse either by teacher or suspecting parents, developmental differences, gender and cultural sensitivity. In pre/postnatal, the risks for causing injury are high and could be devastating for both teacher and client.
But what about the senior population. There is a huge range of health issues, compounded by biological to environmental factors. What about cultural sensitivity in this population, too. Or perhaps dealing with cognitive differences due to disease, injury or lifestyle.
Seniors range from 65 to when ever they are no longer with us. So we are looking at least, a 30 year span of time. No way a 15 year old and a 45 year old have the same issues, neither does this population between other ages or within the senior population. A 65 year old is not facing the health and wellness concerns of a 85 year old.
They are not just old mid-life people. And modifying a few postures will be just fine for them.
This is a population that can be easily injured, with long term consequences that impact many lives, with a high monetary cost. This potential for injury is not just physical but psychological and social. We need to have senior yoga teachers who are competent to deal with the multiple factors of aging. And senior, family members and health care professionals should be able to rely upon minimum standards of education when choosing their instructor.