BAXTER BELL, MD, eRYT 500, C-IAYT
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 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 on faculty for several Yoga Teacher Training programs around the country, including the East Bay’s Namaste Yoga as well as P.O.S.T. Wellness by Design in Petaluma, California.
Baxter is a Certified Yoga Therapist, a level of training denoted by C-IAYT. He is also co-author with Nina Zolotow of the new book Yoga for Healthy Aging.
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 popular Yoga for Healthy Aging blog. 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 in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, as well as workshops and retreats around the United States 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!