Yoga I.S.® for Active Aging

Aging is something no one can ever escape.  However, we are in a rising era with more aging people living  According to the World Health Organization, “The number of people aged 60 years or older will rise from 900 million to 2 billion between 2015 and 2050 (moving from 12% to 22% of the total global population).  Population aging is happening more quickly than in the past.” (WHO, 2017)  We know from many of the current research studies about aging that each person has a unique genetic influence that will determine how we age.  However, a big factor in aging is the influence from our physical and social environments, their opportunities for self-care, and what experts call health behavior.  Many of our personal habits can come from our influence from childhood and family.  We see in our studio that some families value participation in their health.  We see many married couples and parent-child relationships exercising together, meditating together, and attending seminars together to improve their overall well-being.  However, we also see people who are overwhelmed with the prospect of taking control over their health.  It appears that once someone begins the process of on-going neglect in their fitness and health, the deterioration of joint structure, the loss of muscle, the loss of organ system efficiency, and the ability of the body to handle physical, chemical, or emotional stress become the primary factors in our ability to participate in his or her life.

I recently lost my grandmother at the age of 96.  I watched her decline over the years, but I saw things rapidly decline after the death of her husband (my dear grandfather), who was the love of her life.  This emotional stress was enormous for her.  I can remember the day when my family had to sell her home and move her into an assisted-living facility.  She had spinal stenosis, a common condition in people as they age, and had stopped being active.  My dad said “One of the greatest things is that she won’t have to go up and down the stairs.  But the worst thing is that she won’t have to go up and down the stairs.”  He told her to walk up and down the hall with her walker every day 10-20 times.  Like most people, she settled into her life and was somewhat depressed about what her life had become.  She sat a lot, which according to Annals of Internal Medicine study in 2016 found that “Prolonged sedentary time was independently associated with deleterious health outcomes regardless of physical activity”.  (Aviroop, B. et al., 2016).  This includes loss of function, liver health, and diabetes.  I have a lot of guilt because I am an exercise professional and I didn’t take the time to help her enough.  She fell right after Christmas this year and broke her hip.  Of course her hip was weak.  She didn’t use the muscles and this weight-bearing joint lost density and structure with no force.  She died 3 weeks later following a surgery and complications thereafter.  This struck a huge cord in me.  When I was younger, all I thought of was working people out hard.  Now I see how important it is to care for the aging population, which now includes me ironically, and that exercise doesn’t have to be hard to be effective.  I see the value in appropriate resistance training, positive exercise psychology & behavior, and helping with exercise adherence as my life’s work.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC “State of Aging and Health in America” is a report series that began as a joint effort of CDC’s Healthy Aging Program and the Merck Company Foundation, and evolved into an interactive data website where professionals can get current data at the national, state, and selected local levels for 15 key indicators of older adult health (CDC.Gov, 2017).

  • Physically Unhealthy Days
  • Frequent Mental Distress
  • Oral Health: Complete Tooth Loss
  • Disability
  • No Leisure-Time Physical Activity
  • Eating ≥ 5 Fruits and Vegetables Daily
  • Obesity
  • Current Smoking
  • Flu Vaccine in Past Year
  • Ever Had Pneumonia Vaccine
  • Mammogram Within Past 2 Years
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Up-to-date on Select Preventive Services
  • Cholesterol Checked in Past 5 Years
  • Hip Fracture Hospitalizations

Know what?  A consistent Yoga practice can help with more than six of these categories directly and all of these categories indirectly.  The Yoga that we do at Yoga I.S. ® is unique to what is out there and I am excited and ready to share what we do with the community.  Right now, according to KentuckyHealthFacts.Org, in a study of the compilation of data of the population in Jefferson County alone, 27% of our population falls under the category “Lack of Physical Activity.”  (Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, 2008).  We are working to help this population.  Physical activity does not have to be painful and we want to assist people in exercise participation for life.  When we take care of our bodies and minds, we are practicing loving kindness to ourselves, one of the greatest tenants of Yoga.  We want to help people to MOVE and to maintain their muscle function.  This is the theme of what we do at the Yoga Integrated Science™ Wellness Center.  We have a loving community of people who interact together and support each other.  I am grateful for what we have created here.

On Saturday, February 25 from 1:00pm-5:00pm, we are hosting a seminar called “Aging Gracefully with Strength and Confidence”.  In this workshop, we will discuss

– Why we lose range of motion in our joints as we age

– Different areas of the body lose bone density the quickest

– Facts about muscle and muscle function that include simple exercises to improve strength

– Information about the revolutionary Muscle Activation Techniques that we offer at Yoga
I.S. ® plus the personal training   philosophies / methodologies that our trainers use.  This
system is a “Revolutionary approach to the assessment and correction of muscular
imbalances,   joint instability, and limitations in range of motion within the human body,
designed to balance   the muscular system of people of all ages”.
  (MAT™, 2017)

– Learn why the Yoga I.S. ® method can give you unbelievable strength and neuromuscular
control with group yoga and Pilates exercises that anyone can do.

– Hear client success stories about people who have taken back their life!

– All participants will receive handouts and take-home exercises plus two complementary classes at Yoga I.S. of your choice to be redeemed at your leisure.

Come ready to learn, exercise, share, and take control of your life!  When you go back to your 25th year high school reunion, people will want to your secrets.  Commit to taking an active role in your own unique aging process.  It’s up to you and we feel it is time to live from a place of abundance.


(Aviroop Biswas, BSc; Paul I. Oh, MD, MSc; Guy E. Faulkner, PhD; Ravi R. Bajaj, MD; Michael A. Silver, BSc; Marc S. Mitchell, MSc; David A. Alter, MD, PhD, 2016).  Sedentary time and its association with risk for disease incidence, mortality, and hospitalization in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  January 20, 2015.  Annals of Internal Medicine.  ISSN: 1539-3704.  Retrieved January 29, 2017 from The American College of Physicians

(CDC.Gov, 2017) The state of aging and health in america. Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.  Atlanta, GA 2016.  Retrieved on January 29, 2017 from

(Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, 2008).  Lack of Physical Activity 2013-2015.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Kentucky Department for Public Health. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Data.  Retrieved January 29, 2017 from

(MAT ™, 2017).  What is MAT™? Retrieved January 29, 2017 from

(WHO, 2017).  10 facts on aging and health.  Retrieved January 29, 2017 from

img_0765Lauren Eirk, M.S., Founder of the Yoga Integrated Science™ Wellness Studio in Louisville and is a certified E-RYT 500 level Yoga Instructor with Yoga Alliance® with over 30 years of teaching experience. A Yoga Alliance® Continuing Education Provider (YACEP), she is the developer of the 200 Hour RYT training program, 300-Hour RYT Advanced Biomechanics of Hatha Yoga Programs, and the Yoga I.S. Mechanix™ program for her 500 hour Registered Hatha Yoga School Yoga Integrated Science™. Lauren is Mastery Level Muscle Activation Techniques™ Certified Specialist and Rx Prescriptive Rules Certified Specialist for the lower leg & foot as well as the wrist & hand. She is currently enrolled in the 2015-2017 MATRX Internship in Denver. Lauren is in the application process with IAYT (International Association for Yoga Therapy) for the CYT, Certified Yoga Therapist credential. She is an MAT Jump Start Instructor, a Mastery Level Resistance Training Specialist®, certified personal trainer, and an International Continuing Education Provider. Lauren teaches in the Yoga I.S. Louisville Studio and is the director of the 500+ hour RYS Teacher Training Program. She is available for Personal Training, MAT, and Yoga Therapy and has the ability to work with individuals from a variety of ages with specific fitness goals .