Okay, okay wait a minute before you click away from the page… I realise that like a lot of guys from our generation you are probably saying YOGA???? The hippie, stretchy, OM-chanting, über-flexible girls in a lycra leotard, well that could appeal to some ;-) , or twenty-something hipster guys with so much strength already from all the gym work they do, they can do a headstand on one arm gym yoga?! Well not really… hear me out.

You and are not getting any younger. I, and probably you, have a list of wear-and-tear injuries from life or maybe sport (Knees, Shoulders etc.) that we cannot afford to make worse. Ideally, we want to improve our strength and mobility. Right?

So why YOGA?

  • You can do it cheaply (I’ll tell you how)
  • Unless you want to, you need not engage in the traditional Hindu religious elements. I will introduce you to what you need to know in an approachable way.
  • You can do it anywhere with a little space. A towel will do instead of a yoga mat or just on a carpet. Some cushions for a bolster. Your living room, a hotel room, a beach or a park.
  • With knowledge of about a dozen exercise poses (Asanas in Yogi speak), you can achieve a thorough workout and stretch without risk of injury. YES, you can get plenty of resistance work to strengthen muscles, so important as we age.
  • Once you have developed a repertoire of poses, there is no need to join a gym which saves a lot of money. (NB. If you are new to yoga it would be worth finding a local class and practising with the guidance of a teacher for a while. It will give you a foundation and the sense of community you get with a class is wonderful).
  • Regular Yoga practice can improve flexibility and joint strength reducing your risk of injury and condition your body to perform better at things you have to do every day: walk, sit, twist, bend, and lift groceries.
  • Yoga can help to reduce blood pressure
  • Yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety and improve mindfulness
  • Yoga can improve respiratory function.
  • Yoga tones muscles all over your body, in balance with each other.

I have so much to share with and I hope you will allow me to guide you.