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Workshop Open to All Students, All Ages, All Levels

Approximately 36 million Americans practice yoga and 38% of those practicing are 50+ years old. Yoga is a large part of the complementary and integrative health care landscape. New evidence-based research is coming out weekly that explores the benefits of yoga. Yoga not only improves health-related quality of life, but also enhances walking and balance, muscle strength, cardiovascular health, blood pressure, sleep, and functioning of other systems. Studies have shown that even people in their 80s and beyond can make rapid gains in function when they adopt a regimen to build muscle.

This workshop will introduce the basics of yoga and highlight the health benefits. It will also introduce safe and effective ways for older adults to use yoga as a wellness tool. This is an interactive workshop, so comfortable clothing is suggested.

About Paul Mross

Paul Mross is a certified yoga instructor through the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200). His passion is providing safe and effective access to yoga for all individuals, no matter what their challenges. He has been the project manager and yoga consultant for 5 research studies on Fall Prevention and Yoga with UW-Madison. Paul adapted the fall prevention, yoga intervention for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Yoga community. In addition, he proudly has two publications, both on the topic of Yoga’s Effect on Fall Prevention in rural, Older Adults:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0965229917302698

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28434464

Paul has presented on healthy aging and yoga topics at multiple conferences, including: Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging: Healthy Aging Summit, Catholic Charities: Healthy Aging Conference, Morgridge Institute: Celebrating Healthy and Purposeful Aging, The Aging and Disability Network Conference, the International Association of Yoga Therapist: SYR and SYTAR and The Accessible Yoga Conference.

He is also the co-founder of a nonprofit in Madison WI called YAFA, Yoga Accessible for All, a coalition of yoga teachers, community partners and academia whose mission is to increase access to the benefits of yoga in under-served communities.