About Carol

Carol Krucoff, C-IAYT, E-RYT, is a yoga therapist, fitness expert and
award-winning journalist.

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She offers private sessions, classes, and workshops at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, and specializes in therapeutic applications of yoga for people with health challenges. Carol is co-founder and co-director of the Integrative Yoga for Seniors teacher trainings, designed to help yoga instructors safely adapt the practice to older bodies, minds and hearts.

She served as founding editor of the Health Section of The Washington Post, where her syndicated column, Bodyworks, appeared for twelve years, and she has written for numerous national publications, including The New York Times, Reader’s Digest and Yoga Journal.

Carol is the author and co-author of numerous books about yoga including: “Relax into Yoga for Seniors: A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Pain Relief,”  “Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less,” “Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain,” and “Relax into Yoga for Chronic Pain: An Eight-Week Mindful Yoga Workbook for Finding Relief and Resilience.” She is co-author, with her Duke cardiologist husband Mitchell Krucoff, MD, of Healing Moves: How to Cure, Relieve and Prevent Common Ailments with Exercise.

Carol is certified as a yoga therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is an experienced, registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance at their highest level (E-RYT 500).  She has collaborated on several studies exploring the impact of yoga on varied health conditions and is co-author of numerous articles in medical journals.

In addition to practicing yoga for more than 40 years and studying with master teachers from around the world, Carol spent a decade studying martial arts. As a second-degree black belt in karate and Sensei, she taught martial arts for four years.

Widely quoted in periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal and on programs such as The People’s Pharmacy, Carol presents talks and workshops designed to help people of all ages, sizes and abilities bring healing movement into their lives. She has been an invited speaker for numerous groups including the American College of Sports Medicine, the SAS Institute and the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavorial Medicine.

Carol’s passion for “movement as medicine” is rooted in a deep personal commitment to the healing power of physical activity. She started running in 1980 after interviewing best-selling author Jim Fixx, has lifted weights with Arnold Schwartzenegger, done aerobics at Jane Fonda’s Workout in California and spent her early years training in dance.

She also has a personal understanding of health challenges through several health crises. In 2003, she fell into a coma for four days as a result of severe hyponatremia brought on by drinking too much water during a marathon in Jamaica (click to read more). In 2008, she had open-heart surgery to replace a congenitally abnormal heart valve and repair a resulting aneurysm in her aorta (click to read more). In 2014 she had gamma knife radiotherapy to treat a small benign brain tumor (click to read more).

Throughout these challenges, Carol found her yoga practice essential in her recovery to full health. She is the mother of two adult children,  grandmother of five, and has been married to Mitchell Krucoff, MD, since 1974.