Ageing gracefully isn’t about looking younger than your real age. It’s about living your best life and having the physical and mental health to enjoy it.
As we age, we lose degrees of strength, elasticity and stamina. These qualities deteriorate over time. Through yoga practice we will be honouring our body by slowing down the ageing process at a cellular level and maintain a good level of strength, mobility and flexibility to function better in our day to day activities.
A large factor in physical health is mental stress, so there is certainly more to ageing gracefully than addressing the body. Yoga is proven to stimulate the vagus nerve, thus activating the relaxation response, inducing a sense of calmness, while decreasing stress, will allow us to deal more effectively with daily stressors and anxiety.
To age gracefully, one needs to anticipate the changes that are inevitable. You grow old gracefully by choosing your own attitude and approach to change. Living the yogic principle of ‘letting go’ will allow us to age gracefully due to the peace which emerges from not needing things to be different from how they are.
Ageing is not a choice, yet ageing gracefully certainly is! Yoga is a great tool to help you achieve this. I am glad that I offer gentle yet effective one-one-one sessions for older yoga beginners who do not feel ready or comfortable to join a group class. As everyone is different and having unique challenges and strengths, these sessions are tailor made to the specific needs of each individual.