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Breathe, Relax, Meditate
written by Dan Smith
" Yoga is a transformative practice " that involves both the mind and the body-even older minds and bodies.
I
nstructor Erica Austin puts it
succinctly: " Yoga meets you where
you are, " she says.
Yoga is the mind-body
activity that has grown almost
exponentially among those of retirement
age, and it has even prospered during the
COVID-19 pandemic when practitioners
were relegated to Zoom calls for their
daily fix.
Yoga is defined as " a group of physical,
mental, and spiritual practices or
disciplines which originated in ancient
India. Yoga is one of the six orthodox
philosophical schools of Hinduism. " But
in our country yoga is practiced by those
of any religion or no religion and it has
become quite popular among our aging
population.
Yoga comes in a wide variety of
practices (19 styles) including Vinyasa,
Hatha, Iyengar, Kundalini, Ashtanga,
Bikram (hot yoga), Yin, Restorative,
Left: Erica Austin was nearly 300 pounds when she began
yoga classes.
Above: Erica Austin's students go through their exercises.
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Prenatal, Anusara and Jivamukti. (Details
on which might suit you are at https://
www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/
the-11-major-types-of-yoga-explainedsimply).
Austin
began taking yoga at 33 when
she weighed 300 pounds. " I needed an
exercise that would work for me, that
offered modifications, and was easy on
my joints, " she says. She was old before
her time, but today at 40, she is healthy
and happy. She teaches all styles of yoga
and insists that " yoga is for every body. "
That includes aging bodies.
She has taught nearly 3,000 classes
in the past six years, she says, under
the name of Roanoke Yoga. She does
group and private classes and " many
seniors find it wonderful to have the yoga
brought to them. "
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