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March 2010 – Yoga and Age
Dear Yoga Friends,
One of the wonderful things about practicing yoga is that there are no age boundaries. Kids yoga, Teen yoga, Ageless yoga - all these flavors of classes abound. In her book Yoga: A Gem for Women, Geeta Iyengar writes:
But regarding the timeline, most of us, especially as we age, are less concerned with the front end and more preoccupied with the back end. Personally I began yoga practice as I approached thirty, looking for a restorative activity to complement and enhance sports. Underneath that, I later realized, was a longing to explore something deeper. But what matters most now is not how I got started, but what do I do today in my practice, and where that could take me.
Yoga is classically presented in the sutras as a means to overcome five basic afflictions, the last and most tenacious being abhinivesa, or fear of death. Though we turn to yoga for physical and mental strengthening, for healing, and for that sense of inner well-being, we know that we will not live forever, at least in our current form. But there is a promise of immortality in yoga, and that is fulfilled by a special sense of living in the moment. In Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, B.K.S. Iyengar makes the following intriguing interpretation in his comments on Sutra IV.33:
Yoga offers us a means to stop time, becoming ageless by bringing steadiness and focus to the mind and body.
If yoga does not always offer longer life, it absolutely leads to a healthier, more balanced experience while we are alive. In the October 2009 issue of Yoga Journal, senior Iyengar teacher Patricia Walden comments:
This resonates with my own feelings in practice. I believe Patricia is talking about both that experience of living in the moment as well as enhanced overall health.
I would welcome your own thoughts on this, and any yoga topic, as always.
Do Yoga With Your Age 7+ Child - Workshop with Chad at the Yoga Garden, 286 Divisadero St, SF http://www.yogagardensf.com/ 4pm-5pm, Sunday, April 18th.
If you are a child age 7+, bring your parent or other accompanying adult to share this unique family yoga experience. This one-hour class combines basic instruction, dynamic practice, and some partner work, and includes a wide range of yoga poses – standing, backbends, twists, arm balances, inversions, forward bends, sitting and relaxation. No prior yoga required for children. Some yoga experience for accompanying adult is recommended.