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Rx for Empowered Aging:

New Research on Alzheimer’s Prevention and the Role of Yoga

with Dr. Baxter Bell

Can Alzheimer’s disease be prevented?

Indeed, promising new research shows that dementia is not an inevitable condition of old age over which we have no control.

There are steps we can take to reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s and improve cognitive functioning – and the earlier we start, the better.

Join Baxter Bell, MD, C-IAYT for an in-depth look at promising new research on Alzheimer’s prevention and the role yoga can play in supporting our cognitive health moving forward.


Includes lifetime access to yoga practice video, audio recordings, written transcripts. Qualifies for 4 non-contact CEs with Yoga Alliance.

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Yoga Therapy Hour with Amy Wheeler


Our conversation covered topics including my evolution from medical doctor to yoga teacher, curiosity about the future of allopathic and integrative medicine  with respect to yoga, yoga therapy as a cost-effective method of building well-being, moving beyond resilience to Thrivancy in the later stages of life, service, love and joy as the three pillars of a life well-lived life, and more!

Listen to the episode on all major podcasting apps:

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Online Courses

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Nest Yoga Video Library

These 1-2 hour pre-recorded classes include Yoga for Upper Back & Spine, Cultivating Freedom in the Body, Yoga for Expanding Wisdom and more. 

You can subscribe on a monthly basis and get unlimited access to Baxter's videos and those of other Nest teachers. Or simply rent or purchase single classes.


All of the following programs through Yoga U Online include 2 one-hour talks with a powerpoint presentation, written transcripts, and an hour-long practice video!

Get 15% off by using the coupon code BBYOGA15

Also check out the Yoga U Practice Channel, where Baxter is a featured instructor and has over 25 videos there. You can do a one month trial for just 99 cents!

Yoga U Online - Online Yoga Courses with Baxter Bell



Cancer • Covid Long HaulersHealthy AgingInflammationBlood PressureBrain HealthMetabolic SyndromeCore & BalanceHeart HealthDigestive HealthStress • and more to come!

Each course includes two audio classes, a practice video and written transcripts.
Get 15% off by using the coupon code BBYOGA15

Cancer is one of the most feared diseases, and with the average annual number of new cases surpassing a million in the US alone, it is surprisingly common. It has a devastating impact on quality of life, from the emotional and mental anxiety of being diagnosed, to the physical struggle of treatment, and even the aftermath of surviving it.

It’s easy to feel like there’s little you can do to relieve pain and tension throughout your cancer journey. Patients are increasingly looking to take an active role in their own recovery, which has led to a sharp increase in the adoption of integrative approaches to long-term symptom management. 

Yoga, with numerous evidence-based studies to support its benefits, is at the forefront of that space.

The evidence from these studies has shown that yoga intervention is able to reduce fatigue, aid in de-stressing, and even improve sleep. These all directly affect the strength of your immune system, which struggles after the effects of treatments like chemotherapy. 

Additionally, because of the physical toll of treatments, it’s not uncommon to feel depressed and sluggish. Yoga’s emphasis on strengthening the mind-body relationship can aid in increasing your energy levels and your overall wellness.


Because of its benefits, high safety profile, and relatively accessible cost, many cancer centers now offer guidance on approaching yoga for symptom treatment. Some even offer programs!

This course is designed to educate you about the role of yoga in cancer symptom treatment, the empirical evidence that supports its benefits, and the proper safety measures for cancer patients and survivors.

Yoga for Cancer

Who is vulnerable to long-term health impacts of COVID-19?  As it turns out, a surprisingly large number of people are vulnerable to the longer term effects of COVID. According to studies, more than one third of COVID survivors experience lingering symptoms 3-6 months after being infected, and in some cases, symptoms remain much longer.


Can yoga help prevent or relieve lingering symptoms of COVID?  In his new course, Dr. Baxter Bell looks at current research on what we know about long COVID as well as which yoga approaches may be useful to prevent or relieve symptoms. The potential impacts of yoga to relieve and help prevent Long COVID symptoms are still in the early stages of research. However, yoga has already been recommended as an adjunctive treatment for COVID-19 and its long-term effects. 

In this course, Dr. Baxter Bell, an experienced physician and yoga teacher will introduce a number of breathing exercises and gentle therapeutic approaches that may help strengthen the respiratory and nervous systems to alleviate lingering symptoms of COVID.  Dr. Bell will also cover research studies on the positive effects of yoga and Pranayama for rebalancing the immune and nervous systems. 

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Here's a free downloadable interview with me about this program. Enjoy!

The actor Jane Fonda has been discussing the last third of our lives as a time of personal and spiritual growth distinctly different from our younger lives. Whether you are approaching your Third Act (60 plus years) or already in it, both yoga and Ayurveda have wonderful tools and practices to support your desire to continue to grow as a whole person in this potentially rich phase of life.

With Baxter Bell’s long time focus on yoga as a healthy living and aging system, and Melina Meza’s dual expertise in yoga and Ayurveda, this program will set you on your path for better health and well-being as you reach for those 3rd Act goals! Includes audio recordings, a practice video and written transcripts.

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Increasingly, researchers are pointing to a new risk factor for chronic disease: Inflammation. Inflammation is a natural immune system defense mechanism, but when it becomes chronic, it becomes a risk factor for a host of chronic conditions, including atherosclerosis, diabetes, arthritis, thyroid issues, fibromyalgia, and more.

Yoga to reduce inflammation and chronic disease prevention

What predisposes us to chronic inflammation, and how do you know if you have it? How can yoga help prevent or curb chronic inflammation? In this online course Baxter explores this critical disease factor and offers advice on how to prevent or curb chronic inflammation.

In this course, Dr. Baxter Bell discusses why maintaining normal blood pressure is an essential part of healthy aging. This is one area where prevention is much better than cure, and as part of a comprehensive approach, yoga can be a great tool for preventing high blood pressure from ever developing. Or, even in cases where high blood pressure has already developed, yoga has much to offer.

Yoga for Good Blood Pressure

Baxter reviews the most relevant research on how yoga tools can help support healthy blood pressure and in some cases bring high blood pressure down towards normal. He then goes more deeply into the specific tools and practices you can bring into your home practice keep you blood pressure balanced.

Like the rest of our body, the brain changes in numerous ways as we get older. What happens to the brain during healthy aging? And are there ways that we can positively influence the changes in the structure and function of the brain, much as we can with muscles and bones?

In this course, we chart what is currently known about the changes in the brain as we age, and what is known about techniques useful for slowing or preventing common cognitive changes…

Yoga for a Healthy Brain

There are many health conditions that lead to illness, disability and premature death as we age. Two of the biggest culprits are Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. There is a “syndrome” called Metabolic Syndrome, a clustering of specific signs and symptoms, that predispose you to being more likely to develop Diabetes and CV diseases over time.


Yoga can improve these factors and reduce your likelihood of developing full-blown Diabetes or CV problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Learn how in this informative course!

Yoga and Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Core integrity typically refers to strengthening the complex group of muscles and structures in our mid-section. While this is important, in this course, we will also look at creating greater core integrity to strengthen our willpower and empower us with greater mental-emotional centeredness to achieve the most important goals in life.

Balance on the physical level is important in maintaining our health over time, but cultivating a balance in our work and social life can be equally important. Our sessions together in this course will focus on helping you develop the skills to address all these vital aspects of your life!

Yoga for Core and Balance

Learn how you can use yoga to improve the health of the cardiovascular system and the heart. I discuss optimal heart health, common heart disorders and the early signs of heart disturbances you should be looking out for. It includes an overview of the organs and structures of the cardiovascular system, their basic functions and how you can use yoga to impact heart health.

Yoga postures may increase blood flow to the heart itself, and improve overall musculoskeletal tone, which can assist in the return of blood to the heart via the veins. Yoga also offers a way to foster other healthy habits, like improved eating habits and sleep regimens, which will positively affect heart health.

Yoga for Heart Health

Digestive health is considered a key to the prevention of disease in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of natural health. According to this system, sluggish digestion results in the accumulation of toxins in the body. This, it is further theorized, in turn affects our energy and well-being, and in the long term, forms the foundation for numerous chronic diseases.


Yoga postures may increase blood flow to the digestive tract, and improve abdominal tone, which may stimulate the digestive organs. In this course you will learn about the digestive system and how you can use yoga to improve the full process of digestion.

Yoga for Digestion

This unique, medically-informed approach guides you through practices for immediate relief and teaches you to build “stress hardiness”: a healthier long-term response to life’s pressures. In two complementary practices you’ll learn to recognize and modify your body’s fight or flight response to stress, and the benefits of yoga in addressing the root causes of stress-related problems like muscular tension, headaches, insomnia, depression, and panic attacks.


This video includes 2 full yoga asana practices, as well as 3 eight-minute bonus segments — relaxation, breathing and guided meditation.


Brought to you by Yoga Journal. Available as a DVD or video download.

Yoga for Stess Prevention and Stress Relief

Video Interviews

Check out clips from my interviews with YogiViews! The full interviews aired live on Community Media Center of Marin County. Please enjoy these 3 minute clips:

An MD's View of Yoga

Yoga For Men

Here's a fun interview with Margit Bannon on Instagram at @playtennispracticeyoga

Here we chat about the intersection of yoga and tennis, and other related tid bits...


Audio: Podcast Interviews

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Erika Belanger
On and Off Your Mat Yoga Podcast


If you currently believe that healthy aging isn’t something you need to consider right now, think again. Baxter Bell is here to discuss the science behind why yoga is an amazing tool for healthy aging, and how you can start introducing yoga into your routine, no matter how old you are.

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Curbing Chronic Inflammation with Meditation and Yoga

Podcast episode on The Yoga Hour with Dr. Laurel Trujillo

Medical science has increasingly illustrated the role chronic inflammation plays in the development of disease. Yoga therapist Baxter Bell, M.D., discusses how yogic practices, breath techniques, and meditation can curb inflammation and support us in living a healthier life.

For a deeper dive into Yoga for Inflammation, including practics to use, check out my class on Yoga U Online.

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On this HealthCetera podcast, Eve Adler, MA, RN, RYT, YTRx, HealthCetera correspondent, registered nurse, and registered yoga teacher, hosts Baxter Bell for a conversation about the experience of aging during the pandemic, how yoga may ease the aging process, and ways to maintain health for all those aging, including COVID long-haulers, during this time.

This interview first aired on HealthCetera in the Catskills on WIOX Radio on March 23rd, 2022.

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Listen to Baxter speak about Yoga for Healthy Aging on Danni Pomplum's podcast SEEKER + SAGE.

"Baxter drops so much knowledge on this episode that I wish I would have told my younger Danni self. You guys have to listen to this episode so you can incorporate yoga as a lifelong sustainable practice. Enjoy!" - Danni

Listen Here!

Here's an interview with Pamela Crane on her Yoga Pro Podcast. We discuss Yoga For Healthy Aging, research and support, stories, misconceptions about yoga, book inspirations and more...

You can listen directly here, or on Spotify, Amazon/Audible and Apple Music.

Free audio interview on Unity Online Radio’s The Yoga Hour

Aging with Strength and Grace

How can yoga help us age with strength and grace? What benefits does yoga provide for our bodies, minds, and spirits? Numerous studies now confirm what many yoga practitioners have known from their own experience: yoga practice has a remarkable impact on physical and mental health—and spiritual well-being—as you grow older. Baxter joins guest host Dr. Laurel Trujillo for a conversation about the power of yoga to benefit both young and old alike.

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Enjoy this article where I am quoted extensively, discussing overdoing it in yoga, signs and risks, with tips for maintaining a healthy yoga practice that will last... 

Read the article here: 
Are You Doing Too Much Yoga? Here’s How to Tell (and Why It Can Be Risky

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