Women over 40 are typically very busy. It’s all about everything going on around you and often we ignore our own needs. In your 30s you can get away with it. In your 40s we begin to see symptoms of self-neglect like weight gain, poor digestion, stiff and achy body, insomnia, high blood pressure and worst of all, anxiety.
It’s not to late to turn things around and feel good about yourself again. Try yoga. Now.
Yoga is a method and a state of mind. There are many sub-topics within the science as well as numerous styles and teachers who will emphasize different aspects of this ancient practice.
I often hear “I tried yoga and I hated it.” To which, I suggest “Try a different teacher”.
Some teachers take a traditional approach. That type of atmosphere can be intimidating and unwelcoming, and many have found this to be a turn-off. People today are not looking for “enlightenment” in the traditional sense, but rather a way to manage their stress. And to stop their back from aching!
Going to a yoga class carves out a moment in your week that is just for you. It’s a time for personal observation of your physical and mental state. It’s a time for reflection and a time for you to let go of physical and emotional residue left behind by your hectic schedule.
You may never be able to do a headstand or sit in meditation for an hour but who cares. If you spend an hour a week doing some stretching, relaxing breathing exercises and just being still, you will notice a profound change in your awareness of yourself and what’s going on around you. You will manage stress better and your posture will improve. It will be easier to concentrate and you will sleep better. You will even find it easier to be nice!
It takes time to find a good stylist or doctor…finding a good yoga teacher requires the same amount of research. The transformative power of yoga is profound. Peace in body and mind are only a few deep breaths away.
Try this relaxation exercise with Michalina Piatkowski a Restorative Teacher at Sundara Yoga:
Angela Jervis-Read is Mrs Robinson’s New Yoga Contributor: