As we age, our bodies and minds evolve, necessitating a shift in how we approach our health and wellness routines. For me, this evolution has been centered around my yoga practice, which has been a cornerstone of my life for many years. However, with the passage of time, I’ve found it necessary to adapt this practice to honor my body’s changing needs and to age more gracefully and mindfully.
In this post, I want to share these modifications, hoping to inspire others on a similar journey.
I have incorporated some shorter practice sessions
My yoga journey began with intense 90-minute sessions every day. While this was beneficial in my earlier years, I’ve realized that as I age, less can be more. I’ve started doing some shorter sessions every other day, in between my long practices. This change has not only reduced physical strain but has also kept my practice joyful and sustainable. It’s a gentle reminder that listening to our bodies can lead to a more fulfilling yoga experience. I now also experiment by mixing styles by combining Ashtanga Yoga with Iyengar Yoga. This has provided new practical insights about the body and its innate intricacies.
A Holistic Approach to Nutrition
Nutrition is a vital part of my wellness routine, and over the years, I’ve moved away from strict diet labels like vegan or carnivore. Instead, I focus on whole, quality ingredients, creating a balanced
diet that includes a bit of everything. Each meal features vegetables or fruits for their fiber and nutrients, supporting my body’s needs and complementing my yoga practice. This approach has taught me that mindful eating is not about restrictions but about nourishing the body in a balanced way.
Cardiovascular Strength through Running:
In addition to yoga, I’ve incorporated running twice a week into my routine. Running has been instrumental in keeping my heart and lungs strong, vital aspects of health, especially as we age. It’s a perfect complement to yoga, offering a cardiovascular workout that balances the more introspective and calming nature of my yoga sessions.
Building Strength with Weight Training:
Strength is crucial, especially as we get older. To address this, I lift weights three times a week for 30 minutes each session. This addition has not only improved my overall strength but has also enhanced my yoga practice, making poses more accessible and reducing the risk of injury. It’s a testament to the fact that our bodies need a variety of movements to stay healthy and robust.
This journey of adapting my yoga practice and overall wellness routine has been enlightening. It has taught me the importance of listening to my body and being flexible with my routines as I age. Mindful aging is about understanding and respecting our evolving needs, and I hope my experiences encourage you to reflect on your practices and how they can support your journey towards aging gracefully.
I’d love to hear about your experiences and any modifications you’ve made in your wellness routines as you age. Please share your stories in the comments below – let’s inspire and learn from each other on this journey of mindful aging.