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I can't touch my toes

November 1/18


I hear it all the time.  People tell me, "I'd like to try yoga but I'm too old/stiff/heavy/broken in some way."  I smile and shake my head.  Yoga is meant for everybody!  You don't have to touch your toes.  Ever.  In yoga we start from where we are and progress from there.  You can be in a wheelchair or hospital bed and still do yoga.  It's ok to be gentle with yourself and try something new.  You might be pleasantly surprised!

Yoga in the water - so beneficial!

November 2/18

If you've never tried yoga in the water, you're missing out!  Aqua yoga has so many benefits:  balance and range of motion are easier in the water,  joint pain lessens and limb swelling decreases.  And the relaxation is marvelous.  My class members report better sleep, stronger, more flexible limbs and a wonderful sense of well-being.  In fact, I wrote my upcoming book "Teaching Aqua Yoga" so that other yoga instructors and enthusiasts, and even physiotherapists might learn how to use this medium to benefit others.  If you want to learn more, feel free to contact me.  I'd love to hear from you!

Community

What does community mean to you?  As someone who has moved around a lot in the past, I find myself grateful to be a part now of a solid community.  I think it's a crucial part of living a healthy life to have people you can count on.  A sense of belonging aids in mental and emotional well-being.  Social isolation is known to cause depression.  As winter closes in, here's a quick reminder to make time for friends on a regular basis and don't be afraid to make new friends!

Getting ready for ice season

Winter is coming!  And winter means icy sidewalks.  Time to work on balance and leg and core strength.  It might be a good idea to add balance challenges to your daily routine.  And practice getting up from the floor:  from a seated position, lying on your back and lying on your belly.  You never know how you might land if you take a tumble.

Gratitude

Research shows that people who cultivate a sense of gratitude live healthier lives.  It's good to take time on a regular basis to remember all the good things we have, rather than focussing on the things we don't have.  Gratitude journals, daily prayer or gratitude  meditations are just some of the options available.  What would work best for you?