On Saturday, my granddaughter will be one year old! It is a joy to watch this little human blossom. I am so grateful to age into this wonderful stage of life. My fitness goals are not for some abstract reason. I want to extend my health span and strength as long as possible to love, support, and enjoy my grandchild and her parents. Our Let Your Yoga Dance practice is meant to help us age with grace and joy so that we can keep dancing with life. Hope you can join me on Saturday at 11 am EST.
I am passing along this reflection by Kathy Carrol. It is one point:
In her book Goddesses Never Age, Dr. Christiane Northrup describes a study of a group of nuns over decades. It was found that at the end of life, all the sisters had brain lesions consistent with Alzhiemer's, but only some showed signs of dementia. What was the difference? When they entered the convent the sisters wrote about themselves. Those who had a joyful outlook, engaged fully in the community, dancing, singing, gardening, caring for others with love and joy had no symptoms. Here is a quote from Dr. Northrup that could explain the results:
“Your beliefs and thoughts are wired into your biology. They become your cells, tissues, and organs. There's no supplement, no diet, no medicine, and no exercise regimen that can compare with the power of your thoughts and beliefs. That's the very first place you need to look when anything goes wrong with your body.”
In Let Your Yoga Dance we will keep moving with respect and care for our bodies, while we also dance with our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves and life. It's good practice for our hearts and minds, and for aging with grace.
I look forward to seeing you Saturday at 11:00 ET. xxo
Terri Shuck (she/her)