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Slowing the arrow of time

I’m very proud of all my students, but especially the over 50, 60, and even over 70 year old students that attend class, as aging can certainly cause our bodies to change and slow down. Our biological and physical peak is between the ages of 20 and 35 years old, which is why you don’t see many top athletes over 40. So a dynamic yoga practice can be challenging as we get older. But facing our mental and physical challenges is what it’s all about, acknowledging that everything is temporary, finding stillness in a posture, and calming the fluctuations of the mind….But always creating a practice that works for us and our body…

So I encourage students to do what works for their them, embracing all the benefits of practicing Ashtanga yoga at their own level, using the set sequence as the bones of the practice; within which they can experiment and explore, choosing the options that suit on that particular day, and so continue to make steady progress....

We can’t reverse the arrow of time, but we can help offset age-related physical decline. Practicing Ashtanga yoga wisely gives us a fighting chance of staying strong and agile into old age. It’s one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves….and worth the investment of an hour or so a day 👌

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