Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Aging Beautifully ~ Let's Get Physical

Let's get physical, physical
I want to get physical
Let's get into physical
Let me hear your body talk, your body talk
Let me hear your body talk
~Olivia Newton John


Oh bother!  I've had to put my walking on hold because I've injured my right ankle and it swells up if I walk on it too much.  I had to figure another way to get physical.  And so I did!

For the last three weeks, I have been getting physical by doing yoga. My body's talking and saying Hooray! You go girl!

I don't know of any yoga classes nearby so I turned to the internet.  Because I'm a beginner, I decided to start with chair yoga.  Chair yoga is a great beginning if you are new to yoga, have limited motion,  a senior, or need to start slowly.

I watched a few different yoga videos on YouTube and found one instructor that I really liked.  She is encouraging, knowledgeable, and not into the eastern religion aspect of yoga.

Actively Aging with Energizing Chair Yoga: Sherry Zak Morris' Chair Yoga Class at the Yoga Vista Studio brings seniors together every week to help them stay healthy, confident and independent. Here's 30 minutes of our one hour class that incorporates warm-ups, upper body stretches, standing and balancing poses and some great sequences for flexibility.

I have been watching the above video and doing yoga with Sherry on average 5 days a week.  Not only do I feel stronger and healthier but I've lost 3 lbs in just 3 weeks.  Happy Dance!

The video is about 30 minutes long.  She has another one on YouTube that is an hour but I'm hoping to work my way up to that one.  She also sells a DVD with 3 different yoga classes on it.  I may order it in the future but for now the one online is working well.

If you are looking to get more physical, I highly recommend doing yoga. Your body will cheer!

This is the sixth post in my Aging Beautifully series. To revisit earlier posts in the series, you can find them by clicking on the link in the Sampler left sidebar.

In this series on Aging Beautifully, I hope to touch on all aspects of beauty and how we can nurture beauty in our lives and ourselves. I hope that you will join me and celebrate our beauty within and without (not without without but rather on the outside).

8 comments:

  1. Hi!

    I love this idea! Like you, I have an old foot injury that prevents me from walking very much, I can and should, but it hurts! I have mulled the idea of yoga around for years, but, after watching the video, I think I'm going to give it a try...thank you sweet friend!

    I love your posts on, Aging Beautifully. We are all Daughters of God, He made each one of unique and special. So many of us think that as we age we lose that beauty, but indeed it just softens, and gets more beautiful in many ways...love this idea. A few years ago, my daughter sang, Martina McBride's song, Through My Daughter's Eyes, to a group of women, about her own daughter. My granddaughter is blind, and does not know what her mother's physical face looks like. But through her eyes, she is of course the most beautiful woman in the world! It was very touching (insert many tears). If we could only look through her eyes for just one minute, we would all feel differently about ourselves.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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    1. Your comment made me tear up, Barb. Thank you for your kind encouraging words. I hope you enjoy doing yoga too. xo

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  2. Good for you, Gina! I may need to check that out. I'm really sorry about your ankle. Take care!

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    1. Thank you, Dianna. I keep re-injuring it and my hope is that the yoga will strengthen my bones and hopefully my ankle will heal. xo

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  3. Thanks for sharing, I took a little peak at that and maybe I can do that to help strengthen my back more. Sorry to hear about your foot, hope it heals quickly for you

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    1. Connie, my back bothers me sometimes but it has not since I've done the yoga exercises. Try it and see if it helps. I hope so. ♥

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  4. Indeed, you go girl! :) Way to work around your ankle, my friend. I truly hope your ankle heals, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy this form of yoga.

    Happy hugs to you!

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    1. Stephanie, thank you. I wouldn't say it is lots of fun to do but I can see the difference and feel the difference too so I think it is worthwhile. xo

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