As you age, mobility is the new flexibility. So although you may have been able to do the most acrobatic postures in your youth, the important goal now is to maintain the mobility to remain fit and active. In the Prime of Life approach to Yoga postures, spinal freedom and movement take precedence over form. Adjustments to the posture, such as bending the knees a lot if necessary, encourage movement of the spine.
The attitude you bring to your practice is critical. The right attitude on the mat allows you to practice postures safely and spills over to your life off the mat. Here are a few Yoga principles for a safe and fulfilling practice.
✓ Challenge yourself but don't strain yourself.
✓ Yoga is a dialogue, not a monologue; keep body, breath, and mind linked.
✓ You get no gain with negative pain (pain that does harm).
✓ You're the chairman of the board; you decide when to come out of the posture.
✓ Let the posture fit you instead of trying to fit yourself into the posture.
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A complete guide on Eastern practices of breathing, mental, psychic and spiritual development. The book teaches that Yoga is divided into several branches, ranging from that which teaches the control of the body, to that which teaches the attainment of the highest spiritual development.