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Janet walked into a yoga class at the age of 58 after a lifetime of medical issues, including a lumbar fusion, six knee surgeries, fibromyalgia and three neurosurgeries, followed by life-threatening infections, severe pain, muscular weakness and scoliosis. Through her yoga practice, Janet grew stronger and more flexible, and her health improved dramatically. Yoga helped resolve her fibromyalgia and complications from numerous surgeries and improved her scoliosis significantly.

Seven years later, she trained to become a yoga teacher and studied Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors at Duke Integrative Medicine, yoga anatomy and therapy with Martin Kirk, E-RYT, and BoomerPlus yoga® with Amy Kraft, E-RYT. She combined these trainings with her own experience working in medical research and clinical care for 20 years, plus information from numerous workshops, books and on-line studying.

At age 70, Janet became a certified Integravite (formerly Therapeutic) Yoga for Seniors Instructor after undergoing rigorous training, conducting a research project, making two videos of her teaching a class, and taking a comprehensive test under the guidance of Kimberly Carson and Carol Krucoff, co-directors of Yoga for Seniors. At 72, she was certified to teach Yoga for Healthy Aging by Baxter Bell, MD and Melina Meza. Janet also received the ranking of Certified Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. There are over 3,000 C-IAYT therapists in the world. The is a small percentage of the total number of yoga teachers.

Janet’s chair yoga book is the product of Janet’s extensive training and personal experience working with seniors. Age Without Limits offers readers a variety of ways to move their bodies to increase their strength, flexibility, range of motion and balance. – Janet Rae Humphrey