Too many people seem to feel that they have no control over their body and their breath. They wait for problems to arise, viewing ill health as an inevitable part of ageing. They wait for the doctor to diagnose and treat the problem, with medicines or operations, without taking any steps to help themselves.
Yoga teaches us that with awareness, and regular self care we can control the functions of the body, thus preventing, or at least delaying, many of the problems which can arise as we age. We can remain healthy and active into our 80's, 90's and beyond - but we must help ourselves to do this.
In the same way that with patience and dedication we can teach our bodies new skills, and ways to function more efficiently, so we can also train and teach our minds. With practice and perseverance it is possible to lead our minds away from the damaging thoughts and emotions which have become ingrained over the years, in the same way as habits of bad posture or poor diet. We do not have to listen to the endless unproductive chatter of our minds. We can still the mind and lead it gently away from feelings of anger, regret and jealousy - towards a sense of inner contentment and quiet happiness.
This is yoga. Take your first step, and join me on the most exciting journey of my life. Follow my blog for practical advice and inspiration.