About Baxter


Baxter Bell, MD, eRYT 500

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.

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