So, I'm nowhere near being an elder, but I am most certainly older than I was yesterday.
And, like everyone, I will be getting a little older every day.
That being said, today I am going to address how yoga can help you age gracefully.
My first yoga practice was done from a chair.
It was a series meant for seniors, but I found that doing this slow, flowing yoga was a benefit to me because I had been sedentary for a while and it helped to create physical balance and relieve stiffness.
Time went on and I graduated on to Hatha Yoga and other challenging series' put out there by my favorite teachers.
And, from time to time, I would revisit the chair series for its centering and calming affects.
YOGA AND AGING...
I just turned 46.
As I said, no where near an elder, but most definitely starting to feel the affects of aging, especially when I get wrapped up in my daily life and ignore my physical body.
Aging makes our bones more brittle, makes our muscles stiff and can cause us to hunch over.
Yoga counteracts these realities by strengthening the front and the back of the body, to better support your spine and lengthen your muscles.
And, as I mentioned earlier, all of this can be addressed by doing simple, slow, deliberate yoga, done while sitting in a chair.
I FOUND THIS GREAT VIDEO FROM THE CHOPRA CENTER!
It is a great place to start, no matter what your age.
All you need is a chair without arms and a blanket or bolster to support your feet.
ALREADY FEELING IT?
So, if you're already feeling the aches and pains associated with aging, I have some great news for you.
Yoga will definitely help you, no matter how old you are or how long you have been living with aging stiffness and pain.
As we get older, we have a tendency to become more tentative.
If you don't use it, you lose it.
This is all that's happened.
And yoga will slowly get you "using" those muscles again, with no strain or stress.
It will empower you to feel more comfortable in your body.
HERE ARE SOME SENIORS WHO CAN VOUCH FOR THE POSITIVE AFFECTS OF YOGA...
I just love this video.
NO MORE EXCUSES!
No more reason to continue living with aging stiffness and pain.
No more reason to be all hunched over.
Lengthen your muscles.
And embrace the physical and emotional strength that can come from a simple, basic, yoga practice.