Get certified to teach Memory Maintenance Yoga and help your aging community thrive.

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Upon full completion of this program, you will receive 20 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credits and a "Memory Maintenance" Certification, an extra credential that will allow you to let studio owners and your community know that you have been trained.

We are told there is no cure for the disease, yet new research in functional medicine is showing that a holistic wellness approach can help slow, prevent and even reverse the Minor Cognitive Impairment (MCI), dementia and AD.

Unites the findings from NEW evidence based research with the ancient wisdom of yoga to help people delay the onset of memory loss related diseases.


We’ve developed this training to give you the background, research, statistics, components for memory maintenance, and the tools for you to develop your own unique MMY classes. Since memory loss conditions develop as we age, many of your students may be older. We present modifications for common conditions affecting seniors to make MMY classes accessible to them.

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Be at the forefront of implementing the new functional medicine research through a yoga approach. This 20 hour CE course will certify you to help the large and increasing population at risk for memory impairment that can be imminent as part of the aging process. In just 4 weeks be able to offer MMY classes to your community.

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If you would like to get started today, you will receive all of the videos and content to move through the program at your own pace. You will be able to listen to the live calls from our previous program and submit your questions via email. Complete the program at your own pace and receive your 20 hours of CE when you are done. 

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""I was thrilled with the expertise and knowledge we were exposed to by Liz and David during each component of the Memory Maintenance Yoga Teacher Training Online Program, in each week’s lectures, videos and practice library! I really appreciated the 7 Elements as the foundation in sequencing a class, as well as the practice library, which provided an incredible amount of knowledge and guidance that I am now able to share with my students. My teaching focus and techniques changed after just one week of the training. Prior to this training, I had completed my 200-hour in 2009 and then 5 additional trainings and certifications with an emphasis on the senior population. Although my classes incorporated the majority of the 7 Elements, my class focus was on the heart and the body. The 7 Elements, 4 Pillars of Prevention, and the Sound Bites made it so clear that my teaching would be inclusive of the heart, body, and the brain as one entity keeping our bodies alive. The live-calls were great because I loved that this online training had one day each week to connect as a community. I would absolutely train again with Soma Yoga Institute! Additionally, I have already forwarded the Soma Website and MMY training information to a number of my colleagues. This training has impacted the way I am now teaching my classes, which of course provides invaluable benefits to my students."


Content will be delivered to you in clear, concise and practical lessons. The course will include video, slides, lectures, prerecorded discussion, and homework actionable items for the direct application of the techniques into your group classes.

Designed With Your Busy Schedule In Mind

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While the course is designed as a four-week course with five hours of content each week, it is also self-paced so you can take as long as you like to view and practice the material. 

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You will have a lifetime of access to the material so you can re-learn and deepen your understanding and application of the principles again and again.

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Fit In World-Class Education When It Works For You

• The latest research on Dementia, Alzheimers, & Cognitive Impairment
• Seven Element Yoga Sequencing Framework for Memory Maintenance Yoga based on cutting-edge research
• A therapeutic and safe approach to working with the aging population
• Practice library with somatics, warm-ups, chair yoga asana, restoratives, deep relaxations, pranayama, and mudra to use as a resource to create your own unique memory maintenance classes.
• All practices are instructed in video format

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Online Community: All members of the course will be invited to join a private Facebook group, a wonderful forum to discuss, ask questions, support and be supported in a vibrant community of learners. 

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Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, is a recognized international yoga teacher with over two decades of personal practice and 22 years of teaching. She trained extensively in the Hatha systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga and Anusara and works as an Integrative Yoga Therapist.

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Liz Heffernan

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David Omkar Webster is the founder and visionary of Better Living Yoga, a unique yoga studio in Southern California catering to adults 40 and beyond, where everyone is welcome! David’s passion is yoga for wellness. 

David Webster

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MS, E-RYT & RYT 500

Liz currently directs and leads teacher training programs and workshops in worldwide locations, provides one-to-one mentoring for yoga teachers, instructs daily classes, and offers private therapeutic sessions. Liz is known for her ability to bridge the gap between the ancient perspectives of yoga and contemporary daily life.

Her teaching weaves together philosophy, creative sequencing, clear alignment, mindful breathing, and compassionate self-inquiry to form a tapestry that reflects her heartfelt commitment to this transformative path. Find her complete bio here.

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Therapeutic/alignment-based/mindfulness yoga is a key component of the positive healing results of new functional medicine research. At Better Living Yoga, yoga is practiced to prevent and reverse chronic conditions.

From “rocket scientist” for the Pentagon’s Naval Aviation and Cruise Missile Project, through being a corporate executive, to expat day-trader, to skincare entrepreneur, experiencing a 10-year spiritual journey and yoga life-style immersion... he is uniquely suited to his role as a yoga professional. As an inspiring leader and pioneer, combining science and sutra, he is paving the way to transform our society’s toxic paradigms into a more holistic approach to wellness.

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4 modules - 20 HOURS OF STUDY

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Lifetime Access- Complete at Your Own Pace

ORIENTATION TO THE COURSE & Cognitive Impairment

• Introduction to the program, question, and answer, introduction to the other participants in the program.
• Introduction to Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Minor Cognitive Impairment and Cognitive Dysfunction. What is it? What causes it? Terms and terminology.
• The latest research; statistics, positive results, approaches, and cutting-edge methods
• Practices – Video and Handouts
• Somatics • Cross Brain/Cross Body and Balance • Restorative
• Meditation and Pranayama
• Yoga Nidra • Homework includes a teaching component.
• Videos and course material for Week Two: Teaching to Senior Populations will be sent to you via email.


Teaching to Senior Populations

• Live Call: Seven Elements of a Memory Maintenance Yoga Program
• Teaching Yoga to Aging Populations – Adapting, Modifying & Best Practices for active seniors and limited mobility seniors
• Introduction to the Kirtan Kriya
• Chair Yoga Sequences for Seniors
• Practice
• Seven Element Memory Maintenance Class One
• Homework – Teaching component - apply what you learned.
• Videos and course material for Week Three: Downregulating the Nervous System will be sent to you via email.


Downregulating the Nervous System

• Live Call: Importance of Downregulating the Nervous System & Somatics. Questions and answers.
• Art and Science of Yoga Nidra. Includes theory, 10 step process, how to guide.
• Practice
• Seven Element Memory Maintenance Class Two
• Somatics Practice
• Yoga Nidra Recording with a PDF written script
• Homework – Teaching component - apply what you learned.
• Videos and course material for Week Four: Cross Brain/Cross Body will be sent to you via email.


April 7, 2020, 5:30 PM – Cross Body - Cross Brain & Balance

• Live Call: Marketing your memory maintenance classes.
• Cross Body - Cross Brian Research
• Modifying & Adapting the Seven Elements of a Memory Maintenance Class
• Super Brain
• Teaching Inversions Safely to Seniors
• Practice
• Empowered Sequences for Memory Maintenance
• The Yogic Lifestyle – Considerations Outside the Yogic Classroom • Homework – Teaching component - apply what you learned.


Is this course eligible with Yoga Alliance for Continuing Education Credits?

Do I have to be teaching yoga currently to take this class?

Do I have to be a yoga teacher to benefit from this course?

How much time is required per week to complete the course?


Yoga Alliance teachers are required to complete at least 30 hours of continuing education every three years to remain active. This online program counts as 20 Continuing Education (CE) units with Yoga Alliance. Attendees must complete the course in its entirety to be eligible for these credits. If the four -eek pace of the course is not feasible, students will have one full year from the date of registering to meet the requirements.

What are the benefits of online teacher training courses?

Do I have to be teaching yoga currently to take this class?

Do I have to be a yoga teacher to benefit from this course?

How much time is required per week to complete the course?


No, you will still benefit greatly with the study of asana, alignment and modification. And, who knows the course may just re-inspire you to begin teaching again. If you are currently teaching yoga, you will be able to apply the lessons each week with focused direction and guidance to your classes.

What are the benefits of online teacher training courses?

Do I have to be teaching yoga currently to take this class?

Do I have to be a yoga teacher to benefit from this course?

How much time is required per week to complete the course?


Absolutely not. While the course is primarily geared towards yoga teachers, all students of yoga will benefit if they are interested in learning alignment.

What are the benefits of online teacher training courses?

Do I have to be teaching yoga currently to take this class?

Do I have to be a yoga teacher to benefit from this course?

How much time is required per week to complete the course?


The course is structured so you may move through the material and assignments at your own pace. The course provides approximately 15 hours of curriculum and assignments.

"Through this training my understanding of yoga, the human body and mind have deepened greatly, enabling me to feel confident in bringing the healing powers of yoga to others."


"I loved this; the people in the group, the teachers, Kalani Oceanside Retreat and the useful and varied teachings.  I am grateful for the holistic approach to yoga, the philosophy, the meditation, hopefully, this will help me towards being with the best version of myself.  I also loved the chakra day.  I got to know things I thought I knew from a different perspective."


"This was an amazing experience. It was my second 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. I learned so much and feel like I have become a stronger teacher. I now feel more confident in my awareness of my body and therefore my understanding of how to teach others proper alignment. I feel the daily classes advanced my yoga practice and increased my confidence as a teacher. I loved the morning meditation, yoga philosophy, our dance parties, the restorative yoga, and the alignment lessons."


"I loved this yoga teacher training so much, it is quite possibly the biggest gift I’ve ever given myself, and the beautiful part is that by improving my confidence as a teacher and a spiritual seeker, I can radiate this gift to so many others.  Molly & Liz are exceptionally informed, inspired, and patient.  Their energies balance each other beautifully, Molly’s vivacious, pitta drive, combined with Liz’s sacred knowledge of yoga, created a dynamic and transformational experience for the student.     I loved the therapeutic focus and attention to alignment, artful sequencing, the study of the yoga sutras and pranayama.  It’s important for me to feel connected to a small and intentional community and because there was so much emphasis on creating a loving, supportive and nurturing environment throughout the program, I felt that with these teachers and this group. "


"I️ loved learning yoga with attention to alignment and balancing the muscle engagement with active extension. I️ was never taught this and it has brought an incredible amount of healing to my body.  I️ discovered that I️ had been practicing yoga with misalignments and actually creating self-harm pushing my body past its edge, overstretching and building patterns into my practice that were actually hurting me, much about my body. This is the best learning and healing I️ gained and I️ could not be more grateful as my body is feeling much more healthy and happy!  I️ also enjoyed the practice teaching experiences and receiving the opportunity to teach senior yoga.  I️ loved being able to gain the knowledge, practice, and skills to discover where my work lies. I️ have gained a greater self-confidence in clearly and authentically communicating with others and looking at all beings through eyes of compassion, choosing kindness as I️ take the seat of the teacher."


"This course was amazing. I absolutely loved the course and our group. The content was exactly what I wished to study and I am so blessed and grateful I came to Hawaii. Liz and Molly are both incredible teachers that blend beautifully together.  Their dynamics and diversity are amazing.  There was the perfect blend of asana, yoga nidra, meditation, pranayama and yoga philosophy.  I loved the fact that we were thrown into the deep end and asked to practice teach from the first day.  I loved the way the postures were broken down, I did poses I couldn't do before and I now understand where the obstacles lie in poses I haven't achieved yet.  I also now understand alignment whereas beforehand I felt I wasn't doing the poses properly.  This program will change my life. It has given me the tools to confidently do a home practice every day and take home to Ireland the skills gained to incorporate with my clients."


"This yoga teacher training was very comprehensive. Both instructors, Liz and Molly, are fonts of knowledge and wisdom. They have been doing this for a long time and it shows. They also took good care of us personally as well. They created a safe space in which to explore yoga’s deep transformational topics. On the physical level, I learned more about alignment which helped me even out muscle imbalances I have due to injuries. The anatomy was very interesting as it related to the alignment. I understood the philosophy of Yoga and the 8-limbs on a much deeper level and it leaves me wanting to pursue further study. The immersion format helped me further pursue my true Self which I will bring to my personal relationships. I’m not a better person, I’m just more me!"


"I could write a whole book about what I loved about the Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training at Kalani Oceanside Retreat, so here goes.  First off, I loved the setting, perfect for immersing us in the magic of yoga both off and on the mat. Kalani Retreat Center was so welcoming, so open, a place to just fully be yourself.   I loved the compassionate style of teaching offered by Molly and Liz and especially the process and pacing gave me so much confidence to teach! Liz and Molly are so knowledgeable about yoga and they live and breathe yoga.  They are patient, loving, kind, funny and encouraging.  I also loved how different and unique they are from one another, so authentic and real to their true natures and they made the perfect team! I admire them so much and hope to emulate these qualities as I go on and teach.


"My heart feels blown open (like hanuman)! This 200 Hour yoga teacher training gave me the confidence to share my love of yoga, of breath and of mindfulness. I feel more confident with my ability to venture forth and share yoga with my friends, family, students, healthy aging groups, and absolutely everyone. I really enjoyed the morning silent and guided meditations, this time helped bring me to my sankalpa. I also really appreciated how the daily schedule was set up including our 1/2 day trips. These assisted in keeping us grounded. I absolutely reccomend this program!"


We are so certain that you will love this training that we are offering you a two-week risk-free guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the material after the first two weeks of the course, we will refund 100% of your money - just email us by 14 days after the start of the program and complete an exit interview so we can learn how to improve our educational programs for the future.


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