I started doing yoga on a regular basis at age 65. Brandee Goatcher was my first teacher and she helped me to embrace the practice and become a regular practitioner. For Brandee, the essence of yoga is "falling in love with our bodies and all they can do."
What a lovely idea. And being able to fall in love with our bodies as we age is incredibly important. Too often we bemoan the little and persistent ways that our bodies begin to betray us as we age. We focus on the aches and pains and indulge in what my buddy Roger calls "the organ recital," the recitation of all of the organs that have begun to work improperly.
I still have the aches and pains, but yoga has helped me to explore what my body is capable of doing. And, I have been able to expand my movement repertoire. I am stronger and more flexible at age 73 than I was at age 65. Use it or lose it.
Brandee and I discuss yoga and her style of teaching.