There is no avoiding the aging process. It’s the one thing that is certain. Yet, out of fear of the inevitable, we often neglect to take logical steps and prepare for the future. Yoga is a safe and fun way to stay physically healthy, and keep our minds sharp and positive. Prescribing to a yoga practice helps us accept the life cycle and prevents us from becoming a burden to our loved ones as we age. Yoga is a practice we can grow old with, and allows us to flourish and receive ourselves and our lives as a gift.
As you grow older, the yoga practice gets sweeter in so many ways. Throughout the evolution of your yoga practice, you willfully open your body and become strong and flexible in ways you didn’t know were possible. You can avoid the aches and pains that you think are a part of life with a regular practice. Beyond the physical practice, yoga creates a sense of radical self-care. Your overall physical appearance looks more vibrant – from the health of your skin and hair to the mobility in your body.
Yoga opens your mind and helps you listen and think for yourself. Following the teacher’s verbal instructions and moving your body accordingly keeps you alert. Yoga is beautifully simple yet infinitely deep. There are numerous varieties that are accessible but unique. This demands your complete focus and critical thinking because every word and nuance matters. Once a trust is built with a teacher, students communicate how a certain pose feels for them, if the alignment is working or not, or whether the instructor’s adjustments are helpful. This allows (vary word choice here…allows?) students of all ages to express themselves clearly, which is crucial as they begin to age.
Over time it’s easy to get stuck in our patterns and tendencies. In yoga, you are continuously trying new things. In one class you might do a lunge with your back leg straight, and in the next you might do the same lunge with the back knee on the floor and focus on a completely different alignment principle. Yoga encourages exploration and the most creative expression of yourself. When you are playful and jovial while trying new things, it keeps life fresh and new.
In yoga you learn to take care of yourself first. Before you can help others, you have to be grounded and self-sufficient. When you feel good and stress-free, it shows in your mannerisms and how you recieve the world around you. With a positive perspective you can change your outlook from stuck in the pattern of judgment to understanding and empathy.
Connectivity & Community
Yoga communities consist of the young and old alike. All age groups benefit from each other’s company. When you’re in the company of like-minded people, you feel elevated by their positivity. It’s one of the few places where you can have a conversation and enjoy the company of a wide range of supportive people.
Yoga helps you accept who you are and where you stand in the life cycle, wherever you are in the aging process. When you’re practicing yoga, you are challenged physically and mentally to the point that you experience all the different feelings that come up in life. You become comfortable knowing your edge and limitations. When you fall out of a balancing pose in class, you learn to laugh it off and to not take yourself too seriously. Yoga helps you see the good first. You don’t have to focus on the negative in life. That would make life painstaking and difficult. Instead, yoga teaches you to savor your livelihood. So when the stakes are high, and life throws you a curve-ball, you can accept it with an open mind. Yoga helps you gracefully receive yourself. for who you are.
WIth a regular yoga practice, you reap the benefits that help keep you thriving and energized. It helps give you longevity. The physical practice clears back and joint pain. Through practice, you become more peaceful and enjoy better sleep. Eventually you make health-conscious decisions about your diet. Moving and exercising your body and mind maintains your overall health and wellness.