Think you're too old for starting up with Yoga? No way! I'm really grateful that I started learning yoga in the 60's when I was still in my twenties, but that doesn't mean folks my age can't start now!
There are so many adaptations we can learn when our bodies are a little older and stiffer. It's not too late for the Woodstock Generation to begin doing Yoga!
The Flex-Ability Series is something I plan to teach next month at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram Retreat in the Bahamas. We move every joint in the body, taking it through its full range of motion. The gentle movements tone and strengthen the muscles that support the joints,
Often when we think of Yoga, we picture model-thin, athletic women in trendy, expensive Yoga clothes, doing a vigorous physical practice designed to burn calories, increase muscle, and create the body beautiful. And, certainly, Yoga can give you that ideal, if that’s where you want to go with it. It’s not what the ancient yogis had in mind, who practiced the physical postures of yoga to increase flexibility and ease in the body in order to sit in meditation for long periods of time. 5,000 (or so) years ago, Yoga was about self-realization.
lMy family has a summer cottage in Southwest Michigan, right on the lake, where I’ve been spending summers since I was a child. It’s an idyllic site, private and serene, and I think I started meditating on the beach when I was very young.
Swimming was my saving grace back then, being a sport that I could excel in, even though I had what my father euphemistically called “baby fat”. (Boy did I hope he was right!) I wasn’t a fast runner, and was nearsighted to boot, so ball sports were not my forte. But I could swim!
I had never taken swimming lessons as a kid, and never really considered it it to be “exercise”. I had no absolutely technique. Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes, is really tremendous. It has waves and currents and undertow similar to that of an ocean. I usually swam with my head above water, to avoid getting a mouthful when the waves came crashing at me, because really, I was just playing.