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:
Left Brain, Right Brain: Balancing Breath Practices
Did you know that you don’t breath from both nostrils equally? Truth be told, nostril dominance switches every two to 2.5 hours without any interference from us. Sounds strange, but scientists have studied this phenomena, which the yogis discovered hundreds of years ago.
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Diaphragmatic Breathing for Healthy Aging
Using the shoulders, upper chest, neck and back muscles to inhale creates a shallow and rapid chest breathing pattern. Instead, to breath deeply and fully, we need to use our main breathing muscle, the diaphragm, to engage in belly or diaphragmatic breathing.
The Amazing Benefits of Yogic Sleep for Mind and Body
What if I told you you could do a life-changing yoga practice that never requires you to get up off the floor?The practice of Yoga Nidra is a deeply restful, rejuvenating and healing practice that helps to reduce anxiety, improve cognition and support restful sleep.
Healing and Relieving Stress with Yoga Nidra: The Yoga of Deep Rest
Yoga Nidra, a form of guided meditation also known as “yogic or psychic sleep,” is a great boon to anyone who is recovering from surgery, feeling stressed or just needing a really good rest.
Breathe Easy: Increasing Lung Capacity with Yoga
If the past few pandemic-ridden years have taught us nothing else, it’s how vital our respiratory health is. As we get older, it becomes even more so because we are more vulnerable to respiratory illnesses due to changes in the vital capacity of the lungs.
Hidden Layers of the Self: The Five Koshas
Understanding the interplay of the koshas provides insight into the purpose behind many familiar yoga practices and the ultimate goal of helping you find your sense of wellbeing.
7 Tips for Staying Grounded This Holiday Season
As wonderful as the holidays are, the reality is they aren’t always jolly. By being intentional and practicing a these seven self-care strategies, you can stay steady and grounded throughout the holiday season.
Bouncing Back: 6 Resilience Building Tools
Let’s face it: getting older requires resilience. Changes due to health, illness, surgery, finances, living arrangements and a host of other factors test our resilience skills. Here are six ways your yoga practice can increase resilience.