Reblog: your feet are the seat of your practice

As you age, having healthy feet is paramount.

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I’m really enjoying writing for YOGANONYMOUS and Wanderlust. Both of these sites have large readerships, and I have the satisfaction of knowing that the thoughts I offer on yoga philosophy, healthy aging, and practice may reach people who need them. This recent post for YOGANONYMOUS was no an exception: I wrote a short article about why healthy feet are so important as you age. I included a brief overview of the best yoga poses to keep your feet healthy and I suggested a few things to add to your practice to continue to strengthen and maintain mobility in your feet. Enjoy!

How often do you think about your feet? If you’re young, worrying about your feet may never have even occurred to you. But as you age, having healthy feet is paramount: Pain-free, strong, and flexible feet mean you’re more likely to have good balance and avoid falls. Your genetics might play a role in what you can expect from your feet. The height of your arches and foot problems like bunions are genetic. Talk to your parents about their feet so you know what you may have inherited. Read more…

 

LIFELONG YOGA, coming summer 2017

Yoga is an important tool for living a long life of health and vitality.

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Sage on the left, me on the right. Same hair everywhere.

When I started doing yoga, I loved the fast and hard stuff: flow yoga, power yoga, hot yoga, Prana yoga. I liked moving, sweating, heaving (ujayyi) breath, and feeling like I’d arrive in savasana physically taxed after a killer workout. I still really enjoy this type of yoga from time to time—it’s fun! But as my weekly running and gym hours stacked up, and years and injuries came and went, I realized that in the long run, my yoga practice needed to complement my already-active life. My yoga practice needed to be something sustaining; something that would nurture me as I continued to run, and as I continued to value all sorts of movement practices: dancing, hiking, and racing.

And so, my yoga practice changed. I started doing and teaching yoga for healthy aging and yoga for aging athletes—and both focused on how yoga is the key for injury-prevention and aging well.

I started talking to my mentor, friend, and yoga for athletes expert Sage Rountree about this new approach. Her interest in yoga had taken a turn in this direction, too.

Collaboration makes things more fun. It gives you a fresh perspective and as Sage puts it, it reduces the workload by more than half. She generously suggested we collaborate. First on a blog, then on a book, and who knows what will come after that! The joy of working with Sage is that she’s knowledgeable, patient, and really wickedly funny. We both get to bring our interests and strengths to the table, and because Sage is more experienced in writing about yoga and has more teaching under her belt, I get to learn from her along the way.

So, the exciting news: North Atlantic Books is publishing Lifelong Yoga next summer.

This is a book for anyone who wants to continue or begin a yoga practice at any stage of life. The emphasis, though, is on how yoga can be a boon for the changes we experience as we move into our 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond. It looks at yoga as a complement for an already-active life and sees yoga as a tool for living a long life of health and vitality. You can expect a lot of what you find on our blog, only in even more detail and with more explanation. We’ll have chapters devoted to the common ailments of aging (and how yoga can help!), sequences that will help you solve problems (“What’s the best yoga before a golf game?,” “How can I prepare for a weekend with my grandkids?”), and photographs of the most useful poses for healthy aging.

I promise to let you know when preordering is possible! I hope you’re as excited as we are.

 

Yogaville retreat: a retreat for everyone

Getting away to meditate, breathe, and reconnect to your practice is easier (and cheaper!) than you might imagine.

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You deserve to get away, take time to breathe, meditate, and think. It’s challenging to find the time, space, and finances to make this happen. That’s where Yogaville comes in. Later this month (the weekend of July 29-31), I’ll be leading a Yoga for Athletes retreat at this beautiful Virginia ashram. My weekend program is incredibly affordable ($240 for the base retreat; a little more for a dorm, private room, or tent site), and it includes 4 long yoga-and-athletic philosophy sessions with me (Friday evening, twice Saturday, and Sunday morning), all of your meals (awesome vegetarian fare), and additional (free!) yoga, kirtan, and meditation sessions. You’ll also have plenty of time to hike, run, walk, and enjoy the beautiful mountainous landscape. Join me! You don’t have to be a student of yoga or even an athlete to enjoy this offering. This is a retreat designed for people who like to move and want to know a little more about how yoga can complement movement.

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