Yoga for healthy ageing and your well-being.
Let me start by stating what yoga is not. It is not gymnastics, a fitness regime, nor a competition with yourself or others.
Yoga is about being present (in the moment) and content with yourself. It is about finding your inner flow, your spark, your purpose, through the tools of asana (poses), pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, mindfulness, mudras (gestures), bandhas (contractions that form locks in the body), chanting, and yogic philosophy.
Yoga is transformation.
Once you develop a regular yoga practice amazing things will begin to happen to you. Physically you will notice that you become stronger, you gain some muscle definition, you feel more stable and balanced, your posture improves and you become more flexible.
You will also cultivate awareness of your mental and psychological well-being. Apart from the physical benefits, I noticed profound changes to my mental health. My outlook on life changed, I am better able to deal with my emotions, cope better with stress, anxiety and grief, and I have such feelings of gratitude and peace within my soul.
I truly believe that if everyone developed a regular yoga practice the world would be a much calmer place.
I invite you to join me on the mat.
ps – You are never too old to begin a yoga practice. Remember yoga is not just physical poses. It is also breathing techniques and meditation. Being mindfully aware and present is part of yoga.