Yoga for Aging Gracefully
How to Grow Older Skillfully
For years I’ve had people coming to me looking for relief from a huge myriad of challenging issues that are part of the complicated transition into older age. Their bodies don't feel like they used to. They’ve lost strength. Their joints have become stiffer and less flexible. They notice that their posture is becoming stooped. Their movements are slower and more limited. Their overall energy has decreased. Increasingly, they feel like they are missing out on life. For some, their thoughts, memory, and processing are less agile than they used to be.
For many it is an emotionally trying time. They might be caring for a sick spouse or loved one.The passing of friends and family has become more common.They find it hard to make the time for their own self-care. They’re facing your own mortality and they’re afraid of what the future will bring.
Seeing their frustration and discouragement drove me to create this program, to enable you to:
- Experience more strength, flexibility and energy to do the things you love.
- Have a greater sense of emotional and spiritual well-being.
- Befriend your body and do everything you can to help it to be pain-free.
- Have a clearer mind and more focus so you can gracefully manage the stress and anxiety that comes with aging.
- Have the mental and emotional fortitude to face challenges that arise, as they always do, and accept that things change.
- Be engaged and active in your life.
- Be motivated and disciplined to continue to move and eat well.
- Be more open to giving and receiving love, so that you can continue to enjoy the people in your life and meet new people who bring you joy.
Your older years could be
the best time in your
Let's get real. This could be the best time in your life. Now that you don't have to work so hard to build your career or raise kids you have the time, right now, to take care of yourself like you never have before. Plus, we all know it's in everyone's best interest that you take care of yourself. Your loved ones will notice and appreciate that you are happy and healthy. And, if your sick or disabled you aren't going to be able to be there for them when they need you.
I’m Sierra Wagner, founder of Sierra Laurel Yoga. I have been a student of yoga for many years since the age of 13. With the encouragement of my teachers, I started teaching yoga at age 18.
I know how it feels to be unable to do basic tasks and movements that I had been able to do my whole life. At the age of 35 I had an accident and severely broke my ankle. I had two surgeries and couldn't walk for over four months. I had to do months of intensive and painful physical therapy.
On a personal level, it was incredibly humbling. Every step I took when I started to learn how to walk again was slow and painful for many months. And this is after years of being active in my body and enjoying independence. Without being able to go to many social events, I felt isolated from my community. I let go of a lot of things I loved for what seemed like a long time.
I found that as I slowly regained capability, I also gained greater confidence in my ability to persevere and found more acceptance of my limitations. I feel a sense of empowerment knowing that I can heal through my own actions informed by yoga's ancient wisdom and the science of modern-day medicine.
On a professional level, this and other challenging injuries have been extremely informative to my work. New ways to do the poses, new ideas about what yoga really is all about and greater empathy and compassion for myself and my students all emerged. These findings lead me to become a yoga therapist, specializing in working with older adults with limited mobility, chronic conditions and persistent pain.
Now that I know how to successfully heal my body and ease my suffering I am inspired to help you through your own transitions and challenges so that you can experience the healing transformations and sense of empowerment that I have.
Yoga Therapy is a branch of yoga teaching that has been created for those working with an injury or managing a health condition. Yoga therapy sessions are designed to serve one's self-healing and help you do yoga safely. If you are facing health challenges, therapeutic yoga classes can help you manage your condition, reduce your symptoms and enhance your quality of life. My goal is to guide and assist my clients in becoming more empowered and support them in gaining the capability to heal themselves.
After teaching older adults and seniors since 2001, I put together the Yoga for Aging Gracefully system based on what I have seen to be the most important and needed areas for creating health and vitality. Inside are scientifically-proven practices for building strength, flexibility, balance, improving your energy, your cognitive function, your emotional health, and much more.
I've offered this program as live workshops and with private clients for years and have seen results. I've walked people through this program who have COPD, arthritis, diabetes, depression, polio, anxiety and spiritual questions and concerns.
I have created this program to work with people of many skill levels by offering variations and modifications for almost every pose. Yoga props, like straps, blocks and chairs, are utilized to support various body types. There is also a slow and gentle pace with plenty of time given in each module for rest and reflection.
Just imagine what it would be like if you had a home yoga practice that fits your lifestyle so that you can finally feel healthy and happier. When you purchase this program you will receive six weekly modules of two classes each that guide you in how to regain your physical, mental and emotional well-being, reconnect to your body and find motivation to live well. You can practice with them as many times as you like for as long as you like. Lifetime access!
What You Get:
Lifetime access to 6 modules with two classes each of 30-40 minutes each that you can practice with any time. Each class involves yoga postures, meditation & mindfulness, breath exercises, yogic philosophy
An invitation to join an exclusive online community of people like you with your same goals and struggles
Coaching, encouragement and guidance during weekly group calls with me
Bonus materials to help you maintain your progress during and after the program
The 6 Modules Include:
Yoga for Strength
Build this essential and foundational power to have lifelong functional capabilities and an improved health-span
Yoga for Flexibility
Learn the best practices for continued mobility and increased ability to independently perform the activities of your daily life
Yoga for Balance
Gain mastery of your stability while preventing falls and injury for years to come
Yoga for Energy
Transform fatigue and stress into deep peacefulness while strengthening your immune system and overall sense of well-being
Practices to Sharpen the Mind
Preserve and stimulate your brain function to support mental health and harmony
Practices to Uplift the Spirit
Cultivate greater acceptance of the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, you’ll develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, while wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of your life
You don't have to do it alone. Connection is SO important. It's why Yoga for Aging Gracefully is built around an online community. You will be able to find support from other people in the program and past alumni. I will send you an invitation to join our Facebook group specifically for yoga practitioners in your stage of life who are seeking greater health and well-being just like you. This is a group of other students with your same interests and goals, who can help you create accountability, clarity and camaraderie.
Plus . . . Bonus Material!
I will also send you special gifts to make it easier to make the most out of your program
Getting Started Guide
Worksheets to help you clarify your goals and intentions for the program and create a sustainable and pleasurable home practice
Logs to track your achievements
I met Matica right after the loss of her husband of 40 years and her son. Both within a year of each other. It was a huge trauma that had dramatically changed her life. She came to me for both physical and spiritual healing. After her program was over, and she continued to take public classes with me, I often heard her reveling with the other students about the new found comfort in her body.
Is Yoga for Aging Gracefully
Over my 18 years of teaching, the clients I have seen experience the most growth and healing have been those who understand the value of creating healthy routines. This program is meant for people dedicated to having greater health and well-being who are ready to create a regular yoga practice.
This is for you if you are:
Recovering from an injury or illness (with the consultation of your physician)
Wanting to prevent health problems from happening in the future
Experiencing grief and other losses
Wanting encouragement to stay active and engaged in your life
BUT . . . if you aren't ready to take consistent action to see results, then this isn't the program for you.
With this Program, You Will
The time it takes to travel to a gym or yoga studio and the time you waste in yoga classes that aren't right for you so you have more time for doing what you love
The money of health care costs for preventable illnesses and injuries; money lost taking time off work and the cost of prescription drug. This is 100's if not $1000's of dollars. People who are healthier can even make more money. Health is wealth!
The energy it takes to do everything listed above. In fact, you will have more energy to do the things you love
So, if you are ready to feel healthier, happier, and more empowered to live the life you want, sign-up today!
Limited Time Offer
If you register before March 1, 2019, you will get:
Free 30 minute phone consultation
$100 off—$299 instead of $399.
Those who would like to accelerate their progress can work with me in-person privately. This offering includes:
Six one hour private lessons with me (in person in the San Francisco Bay Area East Bay)
The online videos
A half hour intake conversation over the phone before our 1st session
A half hour wrap up session over the phone
Bonus material, done-for-you, and not offered anywhere else
* Note that I am only taking 3 new in-person clients at this time.
I'd like to share a success story with you. I met David just a few weeks after he had been in a comma that nearly took his life. He wanted to regain his strength and flexibility. After years of smoking and a serious case of pneumonia he had a persistent cough and his lung capacity was low. He also had low back and shoulder pain.
We worked together for about 6 weeks, the same amount of time as this program series. We addressed his respiratory health with breath exercises and chanting. His strength and flexibility came back through the regular practice of yoga postures. He took what he learned in our sessions and started practicing yoga at home. Beyond the physical benefits, over the weeks he also gained an increasing sense of inner confidence and peace.
What was it that made the most impact in his healing? His body was weak but his will was strong. One's motivation to do what it takes to heal is the most important factor. He sought out support and made it a priority to create a home practice for himself, which he did almost daily.
If you are ready to take the deep dive to receive all the benefits of my Online Program plus 1-on-1 private sessions with me, sign up today!
Step 1: Complete this short online application.
Step 2: I will follow-up with you ASAP to let you know if I am available to take you on as a Deep Dive client and send you payment instructions.
Step 3: Purchase the Deep Dive program.
Limited Time Offer
If you register before March 1, 2019, you will get $100 off—$899 instead of $999.
I am committed to providing my clients with exceptional care and service.
If you fully participate in the Online Program for the first 3 weeks and aren't 100% satisfied, then you can request a refund within 30 days of signing up.
I know I'm taking a big risk by offering a full refund. This means, in order to get a refund, you must hold up your end by of the deal by practicing as much as you can in all of the modules you watch, completing the homework, and interacting with the Yoga for Aging Gracefully online group with questions and feedback.
In person sessions are non-refundable.
F A Q
What equipment will I need?
At the beginning of each video I will instruct you on the equipment needed for that session. It is best to acquire a yoga mat, 2-3 yoga blocks and a yoga strap before starting the program.
It is also helpful to have a quiet space that you can move around in easily.
What are the physical requirements for doing the videos?
The main physical requirement to being in the program is the ability to get up and down off the floor unaided.
If anything is painful please stop and consult your physician.
What is the schedule? When does it start?
Your official program begins when you make your purchase and you receive the first confirmation email from me. This email will also connect to the community on online Yoga for Aging Gracefully Facebook group and get set-up to make your first coaching call. Six weeks later the program officially ends, but you have lifetime access to the videos and bonus materials.
The program is designed for you to take two 30-40 minute classes a week for six weeks.
How much time will it take each week?
Each yoga practice is 30-40 minutes. They are twice a week.
There is homework for a couple of the modules only takes a few minutes a day.
There are six hour-long weekly coaching calls.
Any amount of time you want to spend introducing yourself and checking-in on the online Yoga for Aging Gracefully group.
I'm brand new to yoga. Will I be able to do this?
This program is designed for beginner and people seeking a slower practice.
If you can get on and off the floor unaided you are well suited for this program.
Is there a payment plan for Deep Dive clients?
Yes. Further details available upon acceptance of application.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Online Program, please contact me. If you would like to chat on the phone, please include your phone number in the online contact form.