Yoga For The 50+

What is Yoga? Yoga is a form of a spiritual, mental and physical discipline originating in ancient India and has deep roots in Hindu philosophy. The Sanskrit word Yoga means “yoke” from the root word yuj meaning ‘to join’. Yoga’s a breath of fresh air. I have found that as I have gotten older, I seem to have forgotten how to breathe. My depth of breath has slowly become shallower and shallower and I tend to breathe mostly through my mouth. I also seem to have misplaced my diaphragm because I rarely use it any more. This habit reduces our body’s oxygen flow causing us to become sluggish and fatigued, and can even lead to mental depression. Yoga teaches proper breathing (pranayama) that supplies the whole body and mind with the life giving oxygen it needs to function properly. As we become more aware of our breathing we become more…