A Yoga class to suit those who feel left out of Yoga. There are many who attend a group class, look around the room and feel too old or too this or not enough of that. Our new Yoga Therapy Seniors 40+ classes are now live-online. More importantly there is no denying the many benefits Yoga can give us. How luxurious to gift ourselves the time to lie on the floor, connect with the body and soothe the mind. This will improve the quality of your life and sense of wellbeing. We all see the benefits of Yoga in those celebrities throughout the world. Read our article the 7 benefits of Yoga for Seniors here.
Find out about our Yoga for over 40s online classes here
What a delight to see how popular Yoga is today. Many young people recognise the benefits of bringing Yoga into their lives. Even if it is only to look and feel better. Eventually for some, Yoga penetrates deeply to the spirit and the quality of life improves. I am sure the world is a better place as our consciousness rises. Have you noticed how easy it is to spot a Yogi? Often they look great, with excellent posture, glowing skin - plus they achieve a lot in life. Most yogis appear more youthful than their years and their attitude to life is tempered with an open heart.
How Yoga improves the lives of Seniors
Be inspired by listening to one of my favourite Yogi's Patsy. She has been practising Yoga for over 50 years and is having her 90th birthday in 2020 a Pisces! You will be amazed hearing Patsy's yoga journey and lifestyle, how this ancient practice has held her upright. Additionally yoga has provided Patsy with the strength of character, mind and body. Bless people like Patsy who take responsibility for their health.
“a good attitude with gratitude plus volunteering to help others has come from the awareness I developed in Yoga - this has given me a strong spine and character".
Patsy was born in 1930 and has been practicing yoga for more than half of her life and it shows! Even more so, yoga has helped her live graciously through life’s transitions. She is a great model of excellent health and strength of character. Likewise as a result of her yogic lifestyle Patsy is more aware of her body and mind. Additionally this includes awareness of what she ingests through her senses - the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and skin. Her attitude has naturally aligned with the principles of Ayurveda. More importantly, she brings natural foods into her diet that are preservative free, with plenty of water to cleanse her body. You will always see Patsy with a water bottle in hand.
In the video above Patsy states that her excellent health is also attributable to “a good attitude with gratitude - plus volunteering to help others." She attributes this to the self-awareness she developed through Yoga. When I am with Patsy she infuses me with her enthusiasm for life. Each time I catch up with Patsy in the city, she meets me with her joggers on. Flat stable shoes encourage free movement and alleviate any risk of falling as we age.
Gentle Yoga Works for over 40s
Can you imagine life with a Yoga studio on every corner filled with conscious, mindful and caring people? What an absolute bonus to humanity that would be! Definitely a yoga studio has to be better for society than a noisy crowded room filled with intoxicated people blocked off from their feelings.
Having lunch with a bunch of Yogis after a class is often based on the "after effects of the meal." Contemplating how will I feel after I eat that? Will the food sit heavy in my stomach or will it digest too quickly? Where is this food from, is it natural or has it been laced with preservatives and chemicals? Yogis will prefer to sit in the fresh air rather than air conditioning and artificial lighting because they are sensitive towards subtle energies.
Developing awareness of the connection between the mind and body is one of the ultimate benefits derived from practicing Yoga on a regular basis. At the same time we soon recognise any niggling sensations that might trouble us. These could be just under the surface of our consciousness. An inversion is a great way to rally around those germ fighting soldiers. Have you noticed that Yogis rarely get sick?
Why Yoga Works for Over 40s online?
Learn to integrate Yoga and Ayurveda therapy into your daily life. Indeed living a healthy lifestyle connecting with your true nature, the environment and your community makes life more interesting. Being present to your inner self by developing mindfulness not only benefits you, but those around you. As a result you will have the energy to follow your dreams and visions. Your life will become more fulfilling and you will experience positive change. Ongoing illness and inability to move freely is limiting and soon leads to depression and a myriad of other problems.
Many Yoga classes today focus is for younger people. In my opinion this is not suitable for many people in their 40s. Sadly people will turn away or hurt themselves. This can be due to a lack of connection to the body and pushing beyond their limits. It is for this reason we started our Yoga Works for over 40s live-online classes that come right into your home. And if you need more personalised attention see our Yoga Therapy programs.
Ayurveda states disease comes in six stages. By practising Yoga combined with Ayurveda you will soon develop a sense of the onset of illness at stage one.
Perhaps a scratchy throat or a new ache or pain - this gives us the opportunity to implement a natural cure. Which is often simply via food or taking a rest. To me this equates to self love, which is one of life's lessons. Moreover you can model this self care to your loved ones.
Combining Yoga and Ayurveda is a complete practice - as traditionally taught.
About Zoe Campbell Yoga Ayurveda Therapist
Zoe brings Yoga and Ayurveda into her every day life. She has been studying these practices since 1984 in Australia and India and used these tools to transition through many stages. Likewise moving with grace through life's stages can be a challenge without a nourishing practice.
Yoga is for every one – but sadly there are too few students older than 40 in who are practising yoga right at a time when it can help them the most. I value inclusion and love to share what has helped me throughout my life.