Preparing For Aging And Yoga Isn’t A Competition!

Preparing For Aging

Working To Help Older People Help Themselves Affordably!

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You think you’re old? Yoga is older. Almost 5,000 years old. Great if you want to prepare for aging by getting to know your body and remain limber – but it’s not a competition!

Preparing for aging; a truly fascinating topic, I’m finding.

It’s never too late, but you have to be sensible, which means educated and listening (to your body).

I recently attended a great Yoga class, at Carrboro Yoga.

The best part was the way the teacher, Ruth, provided clear verbal instructions. I didn’t have to keep looking to see what I was supposed to be doing.

Preparing for aging: Ruth Newman, Yoga Instructor and Massage Therapist.

Ruth Newman, Massage Therapist and great Yoga Instructor. With permission.

I informed Ruth of my abdominal aortic aneurysm stent grafts (plural), explaining the need to avoid excessive hip flexion. One aortic surgery a year is plenty, thanks!

I adjusted the work to avoid excessive hip flexion. Explaining this to Ruth before the class helped her to understand why I wasn’t always duplicating her instructions. Slight modifications reduce risk of stent displacement considerably.

When it comes to preparing for aging, remember the words of Dirty Harry, “A man has to know his limitations.”

Preparing for aging becomes a game, which is the best way to achieve most things, anyway.

Thanks for a great lesson, Ruth.

preparing for aging, Bruce Lee quote

There are other approaches to the process of preparing for aging, physically, including Pilates, Feldenkrais, Continuum, and many others. However, with aortic disease one might best avoid contact sports, including Jeet Kune Do!

Choose what works for you.

In the words of Bruce Lee:

“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”


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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.