In the second of Sixty and Me’s free Gentle Yoga for Seniors video series, yoga and biodynamic energetics guru Cat Kabira focuses on our neck and shoulders. In the third, our lower backs took their turn. Now, it’s our spines’ time to shine!
For many of us older women with a fondness for 1940s music, this Andrews Sisters/ Bing Crosby refrain from South America, Take It Away says it all. Our spines simply aren’t what they used to be!
As a woman over 60, are you alarmed at the slump in your shoulders? Have the upper shelves at the grocery store become a stretch too far? Does a painfully stiff neck account for your straight-ahead view of the world?
Do you sometimes try to stand on one leg while brushing your teeth or waiting for the kettle to boil? As a woman over 60 you know it’s good for your balance, and it does seem to get easier if you do it regularly…
Are you painfully stiff when you don’t exercise, but scared stiff of stressing your joints when you do? You’re not alone! For many women over 60, staying active can be a challenge…
Almost everyone knows yoga is great for limbering up tight muscles. Fewer people realize that yoga benefits the organs as well as the muscles. This means yoga can help with the one type of tightness many people are embarrassed to talk about in yoga class – constipation.
Do you sometimes start looking for something and then forget what it is you wanted to find? Do you find yourself beginning a task only to find your brain meandering off away from the chore at hand? Gentle yoga can help you re-train your brain to focus and concentrate.
Here are a few tips when it comes to yoga for concentration and memory.
Yoga is not age-dependent – toddlers to centenarians can and do enjoy it. Accessible yoga is one of the major trends these days. Accessible yoga means that proper modifications make yoga available to everyone.
Yoga is a robust and still-growing sector of the health and wellness industry. Its popularity is being driven in no small part by boomers and healthcare providers who see it as an eminently accessible way to increase flexibility and muscle strength.
For the last half year, when walking from the parking lot to my office building, I would hop on a curb alongside a lawn and walk it as if it were a balance beam. It does look weird and gets me a fair share of puzzled glances. But I persist. Let me tell you why.