I am living proof that life is an adventure. Yes…me! Who could imagine that I would be preparing to embark on a month-long yoga retreat? A place to go all alone. A place to go to learn to be. A place to go to learn to teach. Yes me! I, who have never thought of myself as a teacher, am being pushed to a place I never thought I would go. I want to devote myself to teaching yoga for seniors. Seniors like me. After all, I came to the yoga mat for the first time on my 70th birthday. Now, as I approach my 72nd birthday I am a changed woman.
But I do not want to just teach yoga even though yoga has been a life-changing experience for me. Yoga has helped me heal myself from an eating disorder that had plagued me for 55 years (another topic for another time). Yoga has taught me that life is a joyful expression of the moment. Yoga has taught me that as I breathe and stretch into an asana I can reach a place of nothing and nowhere. Yoga has reminded me that I can continue to be anything I want to be no matter my age. I can live fully until I am done. I want to share those thoughts with anyone and everyone who will listen to both on and off the mat! And I want to share the bliss that comes with learning the asanas and knowing that I can have confidence in my body….even now…especially now.
Try. Just try! The best part of yoga is that it is a blend of mind , body and spirit. It is a solitary experience shared with a community. There is no judgment and certainly no self-judgment. “Oh but I can’t do that..I am too old..too stiff.. too afraid I will look foolish”. NONSENSE! Yoga for seniors will add years to your life and life to your years.
Look for me when I return from my adventure. We can explore this journey of life together. I will tell you my story and you will tell me yours because we all have a story. We will share ourselves on the mat.