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…

 

Reblog: Postnatal Core Strength

After baby comes, building core strength will make you feel better.

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38 weeks pregnant with baby S!

A few months back, I chatted with with the folks at Fit Bottomed Mamas about the best ways to regain core strength after pregnancy. This is helpful stuff for new moms, and I promise this information comes your way without the attendant “get fit now!” drumbeat behind it. Postnatally, building strength and reintegrating your core will make you feel better. But be sure to do it on your own terms and in your own time frame. When you’re ready, here are some useful tips about regaining core strength after baby.

Post-pregnancy, it’s completely normal to feel like your entire midsection is a big ball of mush. Think about it: Your muscles have been stretched farther than they’ve ever been and your pelvis has been supporting lots of extra weight. Not to mention you’ve got a little extra fat stored that has and will continue to provide for your wee babe. While you may be most concerned about looking like you did pre-pregnancy, the more important issue should be regaining your core strength and stability. Read more…

Reblog: improve your balance

Being good at balancing translates into grace in movement on and off your yoga mat.

This week, I wrote a short article for YOGANONYMOUS about ways we can improve our balance. Looking to build strength in balancing and keep a strong sense of equanimity as you age? This is the article for you!

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Being able to stand firmly on one foot is important. For one thing, being good at balancing translates into a lot of grace in movement and stability on and off the yoga mat.

But it’s also important that we maintain confidence in balance as we age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over a third of all senior adults fall every year. Regardless of your age, good balance for life starts now.

In addition to helping us achieve long-term health and stability, balancing poses are important because they offer challenge in a space of stillness. When we balance, we must be still and steady, letting the rhythm of the breath be the focus. Balancing creates a necessary meditative headspace, and it gives us a chance to practice staying in discomfort for just a little bit longer than we really want to—a helpful lesson that we take with us off the mat. Read more…

 

Reblog: your yoga through the years

Yoga is beautiful at every age.

My yoga practice has really changed from my twenties to now. I wrote a little something about the changes that take place (and the way yoga can always be a balm and a boon) for Wanderlust this week.

Yoga may be the fountain of youth, but it’s definitely not just for youth. Some yogis come to yoga when they’re young, fit, and healthy. But as our bodies change with injury and the passing of time, yoga can serve us even more and help us maintain health and vitality into our golden years. Our practice should change and evolve with our body’s needs. So what poses and movements are best as we age? Read more…

 

Want more yoga goodness?

Find more tips and sequences on yogaforagingathletes.com

Read and subscribe to Yoga for Aging Athletes! I posted this week on the best way to come to standing from a forward fold:

A common cue you may hear in a yoga class is to “roll up to standing” as you move from a forward-folded position back to standing. But for those of us with athletic builds or aging bodies, there are better and safer ways to return to a standing position. Read more…