Yoga and Ayurveda for Healthy Aging with Melina Meza & Baxter Bell, MD

Date: March 31, 2018
Time: 12:15-2:15pm
Location: East Side Yoga
Cost: $35
Join us at East Side for a special workshop with Baxter Bell, MD, co-creator of the blog “Yoga for Healthy Aging” and Seasonal Vinyasa pioneer, Melina Meza, to share with our community their insights on yoga and aging (cause we are all getting a bit older each day!).

As a yoga teacher, physician and acupuncturist, Baxter has accumulated a vast repertoire of wisdom and will present the scientific background that explains how and why yoga works to foster healthy aging in a way that is fun, accessible and doable for the long run. He leads you through a series of guided practices designed so you can take home what you learn and implement it with ease. Melina, a senior yoga teacher, Ayurvedic educator and nutritionist, weaves in healthy living. With Baxter’s expertise in yoga therapeutics complemented and spiced by Melina’s mastery of holistic nutrition and Ayurveda, you’ll leave knowing what it takes to create a practice for healthy aging.

This workshop will provide instructions on maintaining your physical, mental, and emotional health as you age. The main focus of the course is on preventative strategies, covering:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Stress Management

We hope to see you there! Space is limited so please register in advance.

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About Baxter

Baxter Bell, MD, eRYT 500, C-IAYT

Baxter Bell - Yoga for Healthy Aging, Yoga Therapist, Medical Acupuncturist - East Bay Area, CA

Baxter Bell, MD, has been actively deepening his understanding of the power of yoga since making the stress-reducing move from a career as a busy family doctor to that of a yoga teacher and medical acupuncturist.

Baxter is co-author with Nina Zolotow of the new book Yoga for Healthy Aging.

He is a graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Studio’s 18-month Advanced Studies Program, and served as Director of PYS’s Deep Yoga Program for many years, teaching the Experiential Anatomy, Yoga Technique, and Yoga Methodology portions of that training. He is also on faculty for several Teacher Training programs around the country, including the Namaste Yoga Studio’s Teacher Training Program and the Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training program at the Niroga Institute, both in Oakland, California.

Baxter is a Certified Yoga Therapist, a level of training denoted by C-IAYT.

Baxter’s teaching has been influenced by the many gifted teachers he has studied with over the years, including Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden, Erich Schiffmann, Richard Rosen, Mary Paffard, TKV Desikachar and Donald Moyer.

Baxter is a featured presenter and has therapeutic yoga classes on the website Yoga U Online as well as in Yoga Journal’s DVD, Yoga for Stress, and has written articles for yoga publications such as Yoga Journal and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.

He is co-founder and contributing writer for the blog Yoga for Healthy Aging. Baxter is involved in the integration of therapeutic applications of yoga with Western medicine, and presently serves on the board of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Baxter teaches public and specialty Back Care yoga classes in Oakland and Berkeley, California, as well as workshops and retreats around the country and internationally.

He teaches a healing, nurturing style of Hatha yoga, balancing our desire for action with our need to quiet the mind, emphasizing the qualities of curiosity and meditation in the practice. His students say they appreciate his clarity of instruction and playful sense of humor.


About Melina

Melina Meza, eRYT 500, BS Nutrition, Ayurvedic Health Educator


Melina Meza has been sharing her knowledge of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, and whole foods nutrition with yogis around the world for over 20 years. Melina pioneered Seasonal Vinyasa, an innovative multi-disciplined approach to well-being, and is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and the creator of the Yoga for the Seasons – Fall Vinyasa DVD.

Since 1997, Melina has been teaching yoga at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle, Washington, where she also is Co-Director of their 200- and 500-Hour Teachers’ Training Program.

Currently residing in Oakland California, Melina facilitates year-round yoga and Ayurveda workshops and leads retreats in extraordinary sanctuaries around the world. Her continual growth as a teacher and practitioner has been influenced by studying with numerous instructors, including Dr. Robert Svoboda, Scott Blossom, Jin Sung, Sarah Powers, Gary Kraftsow, Kathleen Hunt, and Baxter Bell, MD. Retreats and sabbaticals are also vital to Melina’s personal practice and bring her deeper reflection and inspiration.

Melina holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University, where she deepened her interest in the world of whole foods nutrition, and is a certified Ayurvedic Health Educator from the California College of Ayurveda.  While attending Bastyr, she found what her body, mind, and spirit had been waiting for—yoga. From her very first class in 1993, she have never stopped exploring the physical, mental, and spiritual practices passed down from the ancient sages. Yoga has been the “launching pad”—as her teacher Gary Kraftsow describes it—that has rocketed her into a life journey of cultivating the disciplines necessary to gain insight and wisdom integral to being healthy, compassionate, and radiant, as well as how to share those gifts with others.

You can find Melina’s unique offerings on the Yoga AnytimeYogaUonline, or at Gaiamtv and practice from the comfort of your own