Slowing Down is Good
As you age you may notice that you are slowing down a bit. It may take you a little longer to get ready for the day, or you may have some aches and pains that you did not have before.
As you move into yoga asanas, be aware of your posture; shoulders are back and straight.
I have been practicing yoga for many years and recently I had to slow down myself and savor the moments of a deeper kind of mellowness that I get from Yin Yoga. When you move in and out of Yin poses such as pigeon and shoelace, you benefit your body.
Yin Yoga is a slower, deeper yoga that helps bring your body back in to alignment; working the hips, back and shoulders in a soft way. When you practice, it is like a very slow Hatha type yoga, using assistance with blocks and straps.
Aging and your Health
Remember that aging can be a good thing for you; you slow down and are mellow when you practice modalities such as slow, purposeful breathing and meditation. And slowing down is a good thing in yoga poses, especially if you stay in the pose for more than a few breaths.
The first thing that comes to mind is the pose pigeon. This pose is a deep stretching of the hips, and many people as they age begin to have some hip difficulties.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could do some prevention work on yourself by staying in pigeon or shoelace until your intuition gives you the nod to come out of the poses?
Yoga and Weight Loss
For weight loss yoga is a good way to slim down. When you practice the 3 areas of yoga: Asanas, breathing and meditation, you begin to be so much more mindful of yourself that it travels to your mind’s eye and you also become more mindful of your eating; slowing down, looking at your food and savoring each moment.
Life unfolds and we move along strong, centered and balanced in shoelace.
You may even become more mindful of your meal presentations; using special plates that are colorful and wonderful to look at along with a candle on your table and special tablecloths to brighten your meals.
There is evidence that the yoga stretching, flexing and elongating poses can also help with digestion and weight reduction. And the good news is that you do not have to stretch and flex in an aerobic way because a passive, slow Yin way can help you in your goal of staying healthy in mind, body and spirit.
Doris Richardson-Edsell is a a registered nurse, yoga instructor, author, mother and grandmother. She has worked as a counselor and group therapist at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, New York, for over 25 years.
As an author she has penned a series of books on the topics of health and wellness, including plant based dieting, weight maintenance and vegan cooking. Her latest e-book, ‘Maintaining Your Weight: Staying in the Center’, is currently available on Amazon.com.
You can connect with Doris on Muuyu here. Or if you would like to read or hear more of Doris’ expertise, you can check out her other blog posts here and here or visit her webpage, Body Mind Health, where she discusses and advises on all topics concerning holistic healing and health.
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