Yoga is widely known for its wonders of releasing stress and making you agile.
At my last retreat in Bali I wanted to revisit my youth and take up yoga once more. I attended a yoga program in Ubud and was looking forward to treating my body to some much needed care and attention.
All I achieved was an hour of embarrassment, torture and pain.
What was my mistake?
Simple. I visited a yoga studio that catered for the younger generation, not too sure which younger generation, but definitely not for someone like me that had not experienced yoga in a long time and was not as agile as I used to be.
After that experience, of being surrounded by young, agile, and nimble men and women, I swore I would never attempt yoga again. I was too old, too stiff and certainly did not need to put myself through a vigorous routine ever again.
But...then I discovered a gentle yoga.
The benefits of yoga as we get older is due to the fact that we are more susceptible to conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, stress, incontinence. Making yoga a priority in your life helps decrease any aches and pains that might be creeping in as well as helping keeping your body lean and trim.
Yoga helps you to live a life of calm by relaxing your body and mind. It can reduce your stress response, which can cause inflammation of all kinds and wreak havoc on your body such as the development of stubborn belly fat.
A feeling of calmness, if anything started to stress me I was able to take a step back and concentrate on my breathing and not allow the stress to affect me like it used to.
My digestion improved. I know it might sound strange but I felt like I was digesting my food better and not "sitting there" which used to happen when I was stressed.
I was able to concentrate and focus better at work.
Colleagues commented on how radiant I looked. This one really surprised me. One wanted to know my secret because "there was something different" about me.
Go on, see if there is a yoga class in your area.
RN, ND, BHSc, Author & Speaker