Slow, mindful yoga isn’t yoga for “old people.” Slow yoga benefits ALL of us because of it’s ability to sooth our nervous system and help us build resilience.
With age comes wisdom and grace. As a yoga therapist, I’ve worked with many people in their 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s. Most come with health concerns. But overwhelmingly, they come with a desire to age gracefully. Along the way, I’ve learned a great deal from these “graceful agers” about the keys to growing older with vitality and strength, both of body and mind. Here are seven lessons I’ve learned:
Sleep disturbances are very common, and even more so the older we get. Yet experts recommend getting 7-9 hours each night. Ayurveda provides insight into how different energies are at play both during each 24 hour period and at different stages of life. Understanding and working in harmony with these rhythms can help you obtain a better night’s rest.
Gray winter skies and freezing cold temperatures can leave you feeling sad and lethargic. When it does, try this short, five-pose sequence of poses sure to lift your spirits.