Being in the middle of the baby boomer generation, I vividly remember the Hari-Krishna people on the street corners in Greenwich Village chanting while I was rushing to school in the early 70s.
When I first read about yoga, I envisioned the yoga practitioner in an orange robe chanting and giving out flowers, or a contortionist wearing only a diaper, demonstrating ways to wrap his legs around his body.
My way of thinking has certainly come a long way.
Over the past three years, I have slowly but surely moved towards a better understanding of yoga, and finally a committed conversion to its importance in our well being and health maintenance. I must confess, I have not found a single better physical and emotional outlet for us baby boomers than yoga as of this writing.
Do not worry, I am not getting away from the physical and physiologic world. I am not even vaguely
recommending you replace the hormones, supplements, proper diet and way of life techniques I teach with yoga, I am just adding a very important component to the whole program.
I am just becoming more enlightened and even more committed to helping you and me feel good, stay healthy and enjoy every second of our existence on this planet and yoga is another piece of this puzzle.
As my discovery of yoga and its mysteries evolved, I became a follower of a Public Television Program called Wai Lana Yoga. Wai Lana is an attractive Hawaiian woman in colorful attire on the edge of a cliff overlooking calming waters, who I found every morning on my TV screen while traveling with my own Public Television Special in March 2004. Wai Lana www.wailanayoga.com became my gentle first guide into the world of increasing flexibility, better breathing and greater awareness of my own body and self. I religiously followed her through 16 states. By the time I came home, I wasn’t exhausted or sick. To my own surprise, I was invigorated and rearing to delve deeper into yoga and my own self. Of course I did follow my own advise about sleep, took my hormones, and supplements religiously while on the tour and drank more water than ever before in my life. ( and I did not drink a drop of coffee)
Fortunately, at home I found an even better yoga venue. A friend and patient, Cynthia Worby, is a highly accomplished widely known yoga teacher with her own studio in Bedford, New York. Her book “ The Everything Yoga Book- Improve your strength, flexibility and sense of well-being” and cards “Yoga on the Go” expanded even further my yoga experience and turned me into a true fan, if not incipient addict.
For those of you living in Westchester County, New York, please consider joining me in one of her well attended, kind and loving yoga classes. You can find Cynthia at www.bedfordyoga.com .
I have now incorporated yoga in my daily routine. I use the activity cards to guide me through at least three or four poses a day and I must tell you, no high impact aerobics or weight training has given me more inner peace and outside satisfying looks. And with my insane schedule, I find it a pleasure and not a chore.
Try it, I think you’ll like it!