Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Yoga: Start Now; Never Stop

Monday I promised to tell you about the World's Oldest Yoga Master in order to reiterate the point that You're Never Too Old to Exercise.

Whether you're reading this from your desk chair, your arm chair, your wheelchair, or even your hospital bed, you can be doing something physical to improve your body's strength, flexibility, and range of motion.

Here's a perfect case-in-point.

Last year, Tao Porchon-Lynch was declared the world's oldest yoga teacher by Guinness World Records at age 93.

She hasn't escaped the challenges of aging. After her hip replacement, Tao's doctor told her, "You won't be able to do this, you won't be able to do that."

Tao replied, "I don't want to know what I won't be able to do because I don't believe it."

She later sent him a photograph of herself in lotus lifting off the ground and he dubbed her the miracle woman.

Tao maintains that it's no miracle. "A miracle means only to see that which is inside of you. If it's inside, I can do it."

After just 12 classes, I believe yoga is the key for me as well. I feel like a new person. No - scratch that - I feel like the strong capable woman I was 20 years ago.

Yoga is exercise for the ages - both literally and figuratively. The fact that it has survived for millenia is testament to its effectiveness.

However there are many other terrific forms of exercise appropriate for Ageless Beauties. Have you found one that works for you? Please share in the comments.

Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. [Can you imagine how odd I feel having to add that warning after telling Tao's story?!]

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