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  • Aging Gracefully with Yoga

    July 01, 2021 2 min read

    The beauty of yoga is that it will rise up to meet you wherever you are. It is a practice for everybody, whether it’s in a chair, on a mat or a moving meditation in nature. By connecting our breath with gentle or even really powerful movement, we move energy and promote healing, which becomes especially important as our bodies age. What felt good at 20 might not feel so good at 60, and yoga gives us the opportunity at any age to empower our bodies in creating flexibility, balance and well-being.  

    When I recommend yoga to others, the comments I hear the most are, I don’t have a yoga body or, I’m not flexible enough, but that really doesn't matter, because it is an individualized practice and adjustments can make it accessible no matter what age, how stiff or inflexible you may be. It can be a new stage of opportunity and growth.  

    Our body is also the only instrument through which we experience life and the world around us. As long as we have the gift of this body, it is our responsibility to ensure that we live life to our fullest possibility. So, we have to do what works well for our own body to function gracefully so that we can extend a youthful feeling even as we age. It is just like maintaining any machine which needs timely tune-ups.

    The health benefits of a regular yoga practice range from:

    • flushing out toxins
    • heart health and increased circulation
    • bone strengthening
    • lowered blood pressure
    • natural antidepressant and anti-anxiety
    • improved sleep and energy levels
    • weight management
    • boosts immunity
    • reduces the risk of dementia

    Aging with grace is something we don’t have to work for, but instead something that exists inside of all of us. It is our inner beauty that radiates outward, touching everyone we meet.

    As Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes, “As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.”

    When we partner wisdom born from experience, with the introspective practice of yoga, we can then see the unfolding of our lives from a different perspective, bringing new understanding and freeing ourselves from old and stagnant energy.

    All we must do is open our eyes to the beauty of the present to gracefully navigate the journey of our lives.

    Julie Bertinga l Mukha Yoga Writer
    By Julie Bertagna; All Rights Reserved @2021

    Julie Bertinga l Mukha Yoga Writer By Julie Bertagna; All Rights Reserved @2021

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