Welcome to Yoga for Ageless Seniors
Growing older is the most fascinating and repulsive process that I have ever encountered in my sixty-five plus years. My chronologically older friends and relatives have told me: Just you wait, you haven't seen anything yet. For years I have read everything I could on aging, dying, and death. I was sincerely hoping to figure out how to skip the wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin, memory loss, insomnia, muscle decline, an urge to nap after every meal along with urinary incontinence, failing eyesight, spontaneous farts, and an expanding middle.
It is not just the reality of taking care of my aging physical body that concerns me, but the reality that anything can happen to me or my loved ones at any time. Every day I hear a horror story along the lines of: "I just went into the kitchen to make a cup of tea and the next thing I knew, I was on the floor in pain. After the emergency room, an MRI, hip surgery and six weeks in a rehab center, I will never get back into shape." The truth is that we do not bounce back from physical traumas as quickly as when we were sixteen years old.
And then there is that long list of possible diagnoses, including but not limited to: accidents, ALS, Alzheimer's, dementia, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, respiratory diseases, strokes, sudden falls, suicide, and long-term care. If I do get a diagnosis and treatment or face some mysterious unidentifiable illness – how will I deal with the stress? How can I learn to deal with the known and the unknown – including my guaranteed dying and death? Is there any way to build up my resilience to the above which includes living fully until I die?
I wanted a checklist, a guide, a sage, a mentor to nudge me into paying attention to living my life as fully as I can – until I die. Based on my readings and experiences, I decided to write my own prescriptions, using the five ancient yoga techniques outlined in Chocolate Yoga for Stress and Weight Management and The Chocolate Yoga Workbook.
Please take all my ideas with a grain of salt, sugar or honey! These yoga techniques have been around for ages and this is just my spin on them. And yes, I am aware that some chapters are shorter than others, that my yoga ideas will upset some people, and that the Appendix could stand alone as a workbook or a workshop. I wrote this book for me, and if it can assist just one person live a fuller, juicier, more audacious life – then I am pleased to have been a contributor.
We are the wise seniors and the sage elders of the land so it is our responsibility to set a good example on how to live fully until we die. May Yoga for Ageless Seniors assist you in adding more pleasure, mindfulness, and smiles to the last few chapters of your life. May it also give you the courage to carry OM – no matter what may come your way.
Namaste, Margaret Chester