My yoga teaching “sankalpa” is to work with special populations, especially women like me, in the “vata” stage of life who want to add yoga to their fitness regime. I just came across this OM-azing read that speaks exactly to that...“Fearless After 50: How to Thrive with Grace, Grit and Yoga,” by Denise Rumbaugh and Michelle Marchildron.
Here are a few highlights that I totally agree with:
1. Incorporate cardio and resistance training in addition to your yoga practice! After 50, it’s harder to retain muscle tone, so find some exercise you really love - whether it’s running, cardio dance, hiking, yoga sculpt or strength training with weights - and do something every day!
2. It’s never too late to start! You just need to be willing to put in the work. I may never be able to do a hand stand away from the wall, but my heels touch the ground in malasana!
3. Practice alignment based yoga! Vinyasa and Hot Power Yoga are awesome, but perhaps they’re not the best place for the “older” yogi to start. It’s easier to get injured in a flow class that moves quickly from pose to pose. Seek out instructors who prioritize proper alignment and will take the time to cue you through proper placement.
4. Get out of the house and make friends! Nothing is worse than aging in isolation. Take a yoga class and meet new people instead of always practicing at home!