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How Should Our Yoga Practice Shift As We Age?

How Should Our Yoga Practice Shift As We Age?

Editable vector silhouettes of different stages of a woman's life

This past week I have had the opportunity to co-facilitate a Yoga and Ayurvedic workshop with my mentor, teacher and dear friend Nancy Ruby.
I feel so honored to teach along side someone with over 30 years of experience and to be around such shared enthusiasm, passion and joy for what we do.

As we were putting together this workshop I ad an opportunity to read several great books on the subject and one was by Dr. David Frawley, a well renowned Ayurvedic Yoga teacher.  In his book Yoga and Ayurveda: Self Healing and Self Actualization he speaks to the importance of understanding how our yoga practice should shift as we age. I thought I would share that this week to help us all gain a better understanding of these two disciplines and how they can serve us over our lifetime.

Before the age of 24 our practice should be quite active.  Strong poses and lots of flow.  We are building at that age and want to encourage growth and strength.
From 24 to 48 year of age we want to begin to introduce the spiritual aspect of the practice and some meditation.  This time of our lives can get very busy with careers, family and relationships.  By introducing meditation we set ourselves up with tools that will help us deal with stress, busy lives and challenges that inevitably come up.
From 48 to 70 years of age our practice should be stronger in meditation than the physical.  It’s not that we give up the physical aspect but rather change how looks.  Slow it down, make it a little gentler and emphasize more relaxation.
After 70 is the time where deep meditation begins.  At this age we begin to reflect upon our lives, what we have accomplished, the choices we have made along the way and be at peace with those choices.  Mediation can definitely help us to connect more deeply within and to know that we made the best choice we could in any given moment. 

Take a moment to look at your yoga practice and ask yourself if it is truly serving you.  Are you making the best choices each time you are on your mat to honor where you are, not only that day, but in your life? 

If you would like to learn more about Yoga and Ayurveda I have provided the link to David Frawely’s books below.

I would love to hear from you as to how your practice has changed over the years.  Please share!

Namaste,
Sara

 

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    1. Thank you very much. Please feel free to share and continue with your feedback. It inspires me to continue to share what I can.
      Blessings,
      Sara

  1. I’ve made a lot of “shifts” over the years, including yoga: I started late, at 59, not knowing what yoga really was or what a practice should look like. I started at a Sports Club– a breath and meditation class that was followed by “power yoga” ( in the dark, no hands on!). I didn’t know what I was missing until a studio opened in my home town, offering Ashtanga, Iyengar, lots of Vinyasa classes, Hatha and Restorative. I did all of them. From there the back pain from a few bulging discs decreased and my back certainly got stronger.

    Now, at 74, your classes are perfect for me. You’ve made them so calming, a gentler pace, concentrating on alignment, flexibility, balance, which at this age is all important. I cannot fall! You emphasize modifying poses when necessary and we do have to “listen” to our bodies.

    You are so intuitive, knowing what we need in each class. Meditation and the readings at the close of class are very meaningful. We all feel a relaxed invigoration by the end of class.

    Your wonderful personality makes this all go together. I think you were born to teach and heal. I’m now so much stronger, happier, full of energy. Three years ago I wouldn’t have even thought of using a sledgehammer to take down a driveway fence. It was so fun, and no back pain.

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