What do you think about ageing? Many cultures don’t celebrate ageing. Including Western cultures where we celebrate youth, strength and beauty. Naturally – full power. Let’s celebrate this. Equally, let’s celebrate growth and wisdom that comes with age. I feel super sad to read about ageism. Ageism is real and influences attitudes and there is a bias against senior workers for example.
Isn’t it funny how when we are young, we want to be older, and when we are older, people often look back to their younger days and don’t celebrate the wrinkles, the grey hair and what is natural and completely normal. BUT, we hate it when people die young and loathe to celebrate birthdays. I don’t get it.
I wish to formally challenge this notion of ageing and negative attitudes to growing older and use my platform to celebrate getting older!
What a privilege to see another day in, another year and hold the wisdom that you have, whatever your age may be. I get that people don’t want to lose their independence and freedom, mental health, physical health and mobility that sometimes comes with ageing. I think that genetics has a role to play with ageing. On par with this is your environment and daily choices. You can’t influence genes, but you can make the decision to embrace healthy, happy and active ageing now – or not!…This leads me to yoga! Yoga is a wonderful way to support your physical mobility and mental and emotional wellbeing as you age.
Just because you are a certain age does not mean that it’s all downhill. Yoga can be wonderful to help with:
- building strength in your bones and muscles
- creating a strong core
- supporting mobility and flexibility
- developing balance
- better circulation
- emotional and mental health
- your spiritual journey
This in turn relates to balancing out the nervous system, longer and deeper sleep and developing physical strength. I previously taught chair yoga in an aged care home. I really loved it! The seniors were fabulous and committed to their breathing exercises. We practiced chair yoga and it really supported the seniors. Due to COVID-19, we stopped! However, for those 6 months we were practicing pre-pandemic, we had a great time.
Here’s to this lifelong practice of yoga that offers support, regardless of your age! There is your age on your birth certificate, and age in your body and mind. What you reap, you sow. Meaning, plant seeds now with movement, meditation and your asana practice and allow this practice to flourish and support you as you get older. Remembering what an honour it is to see another day in. 🙂
With love, Roxy xxx