Yoga for Bone Health Training

  • Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville - Satchidananda Ashram
  • 108 Yogaville Way, Buckingham, VA 23921, United States
  • Jun 13 - 16, 2019 (4 days)
  • Shared Dorm - Bottom Bunk - $1,505.00 Shared Dorm - Top Bunk - $1,505.00 Dormitory - Private - $1,635.00 LGH - Single (Full Bed) - $1,705.00 LGH - Double (2 twin beds) - $1,705.00 LGH - Family room (Queen Bed) - $1,705.00 Tent-Site - $1,420.00 (All

About This Event

Learn powerful, safe, and proven methods for reversing and avoiding osteoporosis and osteopenia during the Yoga for Osteoporosis Training.

Given the increasing number of older students attending Yoga classes, teachers need solid, evidence-based training in order to effectively serve them. Dr. Fishman’s Method, consisting of 12 poses, has been proven to increase bone density for students with osteoporosis or osteopenia (the precursor to osteoporosis), and to prevent bone loss in people without those diagnoses.

Discover how to:

Guide students in the 12 poses of Dr. Fishman’s Yoga for Osteoporosis Method

Avoid injury in this large, vulnerable population

Adapt the 12 poses for any level of student yet retain their efficacy

Teach several preparation and warm-up poses to support the proper alignment of the 12 poses

Sequence ongoing classes

Graduates of the course will be certified to teach Dr. Fishman’s Method. Those who want to learn about Dr. Fishman’s Method but do not intend to teach are also welcome to attend the training.

The 12 poses of Dr. Fishman’s Method include Vrksasana, Utthita Trikonasana, Virabhadrasana 2, Parsvakonasana, Parivrrta Trikonasana, Shalabhasana, Setubandhasana, Supta Padangusthasana 1 and 2, Maricyasana 3, Ardha Matsyendrasana, and Savasana. During the 20-hour live training, students will have the opportunity to practice the poses, practice teach with each other, and demonstrate their teaching to the presenters at the end of the course, as required for certification.

This training includes 20 hours of prerequisite online material covering the method and the science behind it, plus 20 hours of in-person instruction on how to teach the poses.

Tuition of $1,250 includes $250 online component plus $1,000 in-person.

Online Component

20 hours of this course are devoted to the processes that create and replace bone, and what goes wrong with those processes that lead to bone loss. Led by Ellen Saltonstall and Dr. Fishman, the teaching consists of hour-long webinars with many illustrations. You do not have to brush up on Biology 101; it is a very straightforward section and includes common sense explanations of the virtues and troubles associated with the currently available medicines.

We feel it is important for teachers to be well-educated on this subject since students will have a large range of questions for which this online component also prepares you.

YogaU will email the online study material upon your registration.

Training Information





Completion of 20 hours of the online component.

Dr. Fishman’s and Ellen Saltonstall’s book Yoga for Osteoporosis is good additional preparation for the course.

Non-teachers and people new to Yoga are welcome.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA):  Approximately 20 contact hours (in-person) and 20 non-contact hours (online component). Total of 40 training hours.

You can input your contact hours using your YA log in information.

International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT): This is an Approved Professional Development Course for Continuing Education.

Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email (contact info blocked).


Certification in Dr. Fishman’s Method is awarded to those who complete the entire 40-hour training with passing grades on two tests (one online and one live teaching) with at least 5 years of Yoga teaching experience. Those who attend the entire course and pass both tests but have been teaching less than five years will be awarded Registered Teacher status, which will automatically convert to certified teacher status when they complete 5 years of teaching. Certified teachers are able to participate in scientific studies, which includes teaching study participants. Certified and registered teachers are also listed on Dr. Fishman’s website, (contact info blocked), to which patients and students are frequently referred.



If you can attend only one more workshop in your Yoga life, make it here with Dr. Fishman. — Bev Godfrey

Dr. Fishman, You saved me by diagnosing me and you have been so incredibly kind and helpful to me—you are number one among the thirty-plus health professionals I have dealt with in the last four years… Thank you so much for your care. — Angela

… a Thomas Edison of Yoga therapy. — William Broad, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Science of Yoga

To many of his patients, Dr. Fishman is a miracle-worker. — Jane Brody, NY Times

Diagnostician par excellence, visionary. — Lea F., Ph.D.

Truth is One, Paths are Many. ~Sri Swami Satchidananda, Yogaville Founder

Venue Highlights

Yogaville is home to the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). The LOTUS is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.


The all-inclusive prices of our accommodations provides you with three delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily, meditation, and Hatha Yoga classes in addition to other activities.

The most popular accommodations we have are Dormitory Accommodations – shared room and shared bath. We have two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs.

Lotus Guest House (Private Room)
Each room in our six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed and full bath. Each room in our nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guest Houses are twelve campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15th to December 1st.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Organic, vegetarian/vegan food
Labeled ingredients
Gluten-free and vegan options
Salad bar
Large herbal tea selection
Coffee is available for purchase at Mandala Cafe


Yogaville offers transportation from the airport, train and bus stations in Charlottesville, VA. If you are driving Google Maps has reliable turn-by-turn directions.

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