My mother is a nurse. Because there is diabetes in my family history, she always stressed the importance of eating a balanced meal. The balanced meal was meat and 2 vegetables with a glass of milk. Growing up in the in the 60's, exercise was playing outdoors with neighborhood friends. I never really became a gym member until I first joined the Y, to have someplace to swim. My intent of course was to exercise to keep a slimmer figure. Availability of time always seemed to get in the way. So as you may know, the best of intentions may not yield the results that you desire. However, I try not to give up totally. When my daughter's health became an issue that needed more attention and my job in Syracuse lead me to find yoga. Honestly yoga was cheap. There was no fancy equipment and it could be practiced at home. Now that was my kind of activity.
Remember, life always gets in the way. My yoga practice fell away when my foot broke. That was a long healing process for me. My foot fractured again and it was then put in a caste. Coming out of the caste and seeing a foot with no muscle, just skin and bones, was scary. This broken foot forced me to change careers. It was in massage school that I again began my practice of yoga. That was in 1993 and yes, I was very stiff and tight. Funny, yesterday I taught 3 yoga classes. Yoga has been and continues to be an evolving process in my life. I can do asana today that I was completely unable to do when at the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts.
I know the frustration of pain. I know the desire to make it go away. I know it is a process and not a pill, although at times a pill may help. For me, yoga and regular massage has been so beneficial in my path to wellness. I know that I still get stressed out but I have the many aspects of yoga to fall back upon to maintain my health. Finding my breath has been so helpful. Looking at where I strain in my daily life, be that in movement, relationships, work or even play, has been so helpful. I am so grateful for learning this skill. I have to remember that at times less is more when you are having a rough time. Learning to be focused in life helps to prevent problems. Practice, patience and perseverance are some of the hallmarks of yoga.
As I tell my massage clients and yoga students, it's not a matter of age but of usage.