You are over 50 and looking for what?


Last night, oh well, this morning, I went to bed around 1:30 am. I had a wonderful time with my girlfriend and we went out for a dinner. I woke up at 8 am. had a coffee and then quickly went to my friend's place. I lead ashtanga yoga half primary class to a small group of my friends. We started at 9:20 and finished 50 minutes later. After the yoga class we went to sauna and later we had breakfast at Sunset Grill. Great morning!

I am 51 years old, male, former basketball player... I cannot sit in a lotus pose, my body is not flexible. Couple years ago, I teared MCL on the left knee, the right knee is not any better... but regardless of age, flexibility and injuries I practice half primary ashtanga yoga every day... This was the fifth practice of this week.

If you are over 50, you should start challenging yourself by moving out of your comfort zone. Start your daily yoga practice but always wonder if it’s really about yoga? Always remember shit New Age girls say. Be spiritual. Fake it until you achieve it. I urge you to get out of the your comfy couch and go to downward dog. Your arms may be shaky. So what? Your belly might sways left, then right but eventually it'll settle into place. Pull it in. Remember your glorious youth.

Try to strengthen the legs. Your hamstrings will protest, lets be forewarned, you will probably try to overstretch it until you get the muscle spasms. Try to scream, it may help. Keep holding downward dog pose. Push your arms through the middle finger, feel your palms... stay firm connected to the earth and breathe. WTF breathe my friend, with every breath, it is not going to be easier, just harder. Suck your belly in!

One, two, three... don't worry, you may take an anti-inflammatory drug after the practice so you can continue practicing tomorrow as well.

As far as I can tell your practice sucks, just as mine. You have to work out on your breathing, it is shallow. And you didn't even move from downward dog. Maybe one day you will learn to do jump-back and jump-through from this downward dog pose. Ah... Nah. Don't bother, you will never learned that.

When you notice you gonna fell down, you stop. Get out of the downward dog and just stand. They call that Tadasana or mountain pose. Very important pose for people in 50s. You may hold Tadasana posture for 10 or 20 breaths. The variations are endless. What’s required is the willingness to keep standing, resist overwhelmed urge to lay down.

The great results of practicing yoga after 50 is a glorious condition of over tiredness.

Most of the time you'll feel worse after practicing yoga. Yes, you are right, everyone else enjoyed the practice except you. Something wrong? You practice for a month and you still cannot touch your toes. It made you feel inadequate. Yoga is a place where you don't feel good about yourself.

But nothing to worry about.

Nothing better is awaiting you. Oh I forgot, after the practice, you may get neck, back, knee and shoulder pain. This don't include torn muscles, herniated disks and carpal tunnel. Hey, listen to your own body, you will discover what hurts you, don’t assume that the yoga instructor knows your body better than you do.

You're over 50 and looking for what?

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