Carol Krucoff


Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, is a yoga therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, and co-director of the Yoga for Seniors Professional Trainings, designed to help yoga instructors safely adapt the practice to older bodies, minds, and hearts. An award-winning journalist, Carol served as founding editor of The Washington Post’s Health Section and is the author of several books including Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less and Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain.  She is coauthor of Relax into Yoga for Seniors:  A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Pain Relief  and Relax into Yoga for Chronic Pain: An Eight-Week Mindful Yoga Workbook for Finding Relief and Resilience. Carol has served as a consultant on several yoga research studies and coauthored articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. She has practiced yoga for more than 40 years and is grateful to have studied with numerous master teachers from around the world. 

Learn more about this presenter’s work:


  • Chair Stand Practice to Boost Strength as We Age

    One of life’s most common activities—getting up from a chair—is critical to maintaining independence and quality of life for older people, says Carol Krucoff.

  • Gentle Yoga to Relieve Back and Neck Pain

    Carol Krucoff offers a gentle yoga sequence designed to help relieve pain by stretching tight muscles, strengthening weak ones, and enhancing relaxation.

  • Teaching Yoga to Seniors

    Like many Americans, older adults are increasingly drawn to yoga. This presents both an extraordinary opportunity and a serious challenge for yoga instructors.

  • Adapting Yoga Postures for Older Practitioners

    Kimberly Carson and Carol Krucoff have created a method to help yoga teachers learn how to skillfully adapt postures to suit the individual needs of older populations.

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