by Irmi Presutto
I have been talking about the quality of life in my last Monday email with an inspiring testimony from Ame, a longtime yoga student of mine.
There is so much more I want to say that I take the opportunity to do so with this August newsletter.
The quality of life depends largely on the mobility of the body.
If you remember yourself as a child you probably have some of the best memories playing.
Playing as a child meant for baby boomers playing outside. Jumping ropes, climbing trees, playing catch, swimming in the river. If we had to stay in for any reason, life was boring. You can see how movement has to do with fun. It still is the same way. If you can't move freely, your life is impaired.
Now being in our forties, fifties and sixties we often have to deal with physical problems, like arthritis,
Back pain, headaches, spinal dissalinaments, chronic pain, to name just a few. Some of use went through surgery, cancer treatments or are overweight. All of this is strenuous on the body and weakens it. It restricts flexibility and mobility.
Simple tasks like tie shoe laces, bend over for a dropped item, pick up a child, reach for a shelf, ride a bike or a horse, cast a fishing line, hold a rifle, turn your head when backing up with your car, are everyday things we need or want to do. If we can't do them ourselves we are depended on somebody else and it infringes on our personal freedom.
At this point in our lives we should be still functional and helpful persons. Our children, grandchildren and our elderly need us. We should be still in our prime, physically, to be productive and able to enjoy life.
Often we think we have to accept the fact of impairment and pain and that there is nothing much that can be done anymore.
I would argue with that. I have been practicing Yoga for nearly ten years and are teaching it for nearly seven. I know from experience that Yoga can change your physical, mental and emotional health.
I am in a better physical, mental and emotional state now then I was ten years ago.
I started symptoms of arthritis at the time and I am convinced if Yoga would not have crossed my way I would be in pain now or taking medicine that doesn't really help.
I see longtime yoga students in my classes that keep their quality of life over the years and are intending to keep it that way.
It is important to move the body mindfully. With the Yoga poses we stretch and flex it in many different ways to keep it fluent. When the body is pliable the energy can flow freely. When the energy can't flow because of a blockage then we experience illness and pain. To reverse blockages or prevent them, movement is needed.
Another important part of Yoga is breathing. When we learn to breath deeper and more efficiently every breath nourishes and cleanses us. It supplies oxygen into the system feeding the organs, muscles, bones and other tissues and it transports CO2 and other waste toxins out of the body.
The breath also calms the nervous system with which it is closely connected.
The component of relaxation and meditation in the Yoga practice balances activity with a cooling element. We relax and meditate in the end of every class. It is a time of reflection to turn to one's own inner self. Deep relaxation gives us new strength for our daily lives.
Once we understand our natural systems and functions it empowers us to take charge of our lives and get better.
I offer now a new evening class for people with impaired range of motion and flexibility. Whatever the reason is for your impairment, you can start changing it now.
If you have a hard time getting up and down form the floor or can't get up at all then
the gentle/restorative class on Tuesday evening is right for you.
In this class we practice poses by staying on the floor. You might be surprised, but a lot can be done seated or laying down. You will experience yourself in a new way, deepen your breath, relax and feel much better afterwards.
Over time and with practice you will get stronger, more flexible and more confident.
You can graduate to my fitness yoga classes.
Life can take on a new meaning. To overcome challenges and difficulties in life means empowerment, joy and fulfillment. Our creator meant nothing less for us!
Check my schedule to find the right class for you.