Eventually, we all have to deal with loss and grief. The longer we're here on this planet, the more we will need to learn how to handle loss: the loss of loved ones, or health, or independence. These are all very real issues each one of us will need to confront at some time, whether for ourselves or to help another.
Yoga helps us simplify our lives, our emotions, and our material concerns. The study of yoga can help us gain perspective on what is important. It can help us detach from our competitive selves and see our bodies and minds as oases of self-discovery. Shav-asana, the corpse pose (Chapter 19), helps us to explore death within life. We can also discover that the limits of our body do not define our existence. Our existence is interconnected with the joys and sorrows of all life, including the bee on the porch, the bird in the air, the snake on the path, the fish in the water. Letting ourselves be with, and be one with, all of life can open up truth to our minds and hearts. We may not know you personally, but we know one thing about you: You are worth the effort required to make a regular life into a great life. It's never too late to start living; to start practicing yoga; to start moving and bending and stretching and lifting; to start focusing, concentrating, breathing deeply, and meditating. And that's just the beginning of your transformation. There's no telling what you can accomplish with a body, mind, and spirit in full throttle.
We aren't saying you should take up skydiving or bungee jumping or water skiing (unless you really want to). But we are saying that your life is what you make it, and those who think they can't make much of their lives aren't using their imaginations. Anyone can find meaning, fulfillment, and joy in life. But you won't find it if you don't look for it. The first part of every yoga pose is visualization, and it's amazing where that visualization can lead.
So let yoga help you look. Let yoga bless you with daily renewal, energy, tranquility, contentment, even bliss. Let yoga help you to find the real you, which is ageless, timeless, and complete. That "you" can do anything. We know it. And we wouldn't want to stand in your way!
The Least You Need to Know
^ Yoga is an excellent way of life for seniors, improving physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
^ Meditation can bring clarity of mind to seniors, improving memory and making information seem more accessible.
^ Yoga poses that increase muscle and bone strength, flexibility, balance, and concentration are excellent for seniors.
^ Yoga can help anyone cope with loss and grief, as it encourages a move toward a simpler, more unified existence.
^ This can be the best time of your life!
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