Finding Joy in Movement

Wisdom of the aged

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I subbed a class today for people over 50 years old and I have to say, I love teaching that population of people. I don’t know if it’s just that they have had to accept certain limitations or if it’s just the wisdom of age (maybe those are the same thing?), but they seem to have much less attachment to being able to do poses “correctly” and simply enjoy doing what they can and are very open to modifications. They also seem to be more interested and open to learning about the whole practice than a lot of other classes I’ve taught. A bunch of people in the class today came up to ask me questions and discuss things we were doing in class, which was great. It’s interesting that a population that is relatively new to yoga seems to intuitively get yoga so quickly despite their physical limitations, and I’m wondering if there isn’t a connection. A sense of letting go of how the physical practice is supposed to be done seems to lead to a better grasp of yoga as a practice for your overall holistic health. Perhaps we can all learn from their example. They are most of our elders after all.

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Author: andreasfetz

Yoga and circus arts teacher from Seattle.

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