Therapeutics for Brain Health, Memory, Fall Prevention and Addiction in Older Adults

Beth Spindler Therapy.

Beth has over four decades of experience in utilizing yoga as a healing modality, plus the highest certification in the field as an IAYT-Certified yoga therapist.

Based in the USA, she has trained hundreds of teachers, practiced yoga therapy in hospitals, universities, ashrams, retreat centres, clinics, and schools. She is author of a celebrated text in the yoga therapy community: 'Yoga Therapy for Fear: Treating Anxiety, Depression and Rage with the Vagus Nerve and Other Techniques'.

Her new book, 'Trauma-Aware Yoga and Movement Therapeutics for Older Adults: Managing Common Conditions by Healing the Nervous System First' is about issues of the ageing body and mind, and how these are exacerbated by trauma.

When specific movement and breath therapeutics are introduced, the body then allows the nervous system to heal as a means of facilitating pain reduction, better immune response, and measurable lessening of the impacts of stress.

Tools for a Sharper Ageing Mind: Brain Health and Memory in Older Adults

Saturday and Sunday: Memory and Brain Health / 6 hours

Establishing a toolbox for better memory and focus in our latter years. We’ll be looking at how trauma impacts memory, how to beat the odds of genetic dementias, and daily practices of the sharpest older minds.

  • How trauma affects the mind and what we can do to help
  • Understanding Types of Dementia
  • Proven techniques for helping with dementia and memory issues
  • Other types of mental illness and ageing
  • Adapting practices to group, individual and all levels of ability

Walking on Solid Ground Again: Supporting Seniors Through Addiction Recovery and Fall Prevention

Saturday: Fall Prevention / Putting our Best Foot Forward / 3 hours

Explore the musculature of the feet, proprioception, balance, and strength – and also learn how falls affect lives. Begin learning ways to cultivate self worth and a more mindful way of moving through the day. We’ll also begin an exploration of Parkinson’s and Dementia in their relationship to balance as falling is one of the primary catalysts for losing autonomy.

  • Gain a better understanding of what causes falls
  • Learn practical ways to strengthen balance and equilibrium
  • Fun Practices for group or individuals at various levels of ability
  • Meditations and interior work for mindfulness and self worth

Sunday: Addiction and Senior Health / 3 hours

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 20% of adults over 60 binge drink. Problems increase if they have accompanying health issues or are taking medications that cause conflicts. and These may be an antidepressant or even aspirin.

Many seniors don’t seek help for addiction to alcohol or prescription drugs like opioids out of shame or denial and because the healing process takes longer and is more delicate. While we will explore supporting the psychological and neurological health of an individual moving through the process of cessation, we strongly recommend having a trusted medical advisor on board in either an inpatient or outpatient capacity. Looking at underlying trauma and healing of vagal dysfunction is key to staying safe and substance free.

  • Brain games and practices for working with underlying trauma behind substance overuseA look at how to speak comfortably about an uncomfortable topic
  • Triggers, tricks and traps of the addiction paradigm and how to avoid them
  • Group and Individual practices for all bodies and minds

Session Structure

Generally the sessions consist of 1/3 lecture and 2/3 practice (movement, breath, meditation). Participants will receive copies of the lecture slides.

Course Hours

6 hours per weekend and 12 hours for the full course.


This workshop is recorded and replay access will be given to students for 21 days after the event.


On completion of a weekend or both weekends, students will receive a Yogacampus certificate of completion detailing course hours, eligible for CEU via Yoga Alliance.

For those wishing to delve more deeply and work one on one with older adults, it is possible to book a personal consultation with Beth directly.

Yoga Alliance accredited

Meet the Teacher

Beth Spindler began teaching yoga in 1976 and has been utilizing yoga as a healing modality since. She holds the highest certification in the field of yoga teaching and therapeutics.She has trained hundreds of teachers and practiced yoga therapy in hospitals, universities, ashrams, retreat centers, clinics and schools. Her book, Yoga Therapy for Fear, Treating Anxiety, Depression and Rage with the Vagus nerve and Other Techniques is recognized in the Yoga therapy community as a text for those studying in the field and is enjoyed by teachers and laypeople worldwide. She is a frequently featured writer and presenter for Yoga International and leads retreats worldwide.

She has practiced yoga since childhood starting in the Sivananda tradition and had the honor of living with her teacher in Eknath Easwaran's community in the early 80s, she then studied with Senior Iyengar teachers for many years where her love of yoga therapy began. Later she discovered the joy of fluid movement in Anusara, Ashtanga, and Prana Flow, Bihar as well as Kundalini Yoga. Her background in yoga therapy also involved training in Phoenix Rising and Viniyoga of Desikachar lineage. She lived and practiced yoga therapy at the Himalayan Institute where her studies were in Sri Vidya Tantra. Her studies in science and medicine as well as ancient healing arts keep her busy most days.

Beth Spindler