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Busting the age myth

Age is seen as the cause of disease and withering of our once youthful selves. In MOST instances, ageing is not a causation but in correlation with disease/injury and our attitude to ageing and the lifestyle we adopt having the effect on health as we age. I can’t tell you how many times students say ‘it’s because I’m getting older’ with this translating as ‘I have an injury/illness because I’m old and not because of my habits and lifestyle in the previous years.’ If we do away with all those limiting, cultural beliefs (those not based on facts but opinion) we actually see that ageing affords us with a better sense and responsibility for our own self-care. We amass enough memories to know tha

Containment for a long, healthy Yoga practice

Containment: Not a sexy word like its counterpart ‘flexibility’ but one whose application your body will thank you for. The Yoga world has been reckoning with an article about the growing number of hip replacements and hip problems in Yoga teachers. Matthew Remski has been writing about this since 2014. And of course it’s true: if we do the same hyper-flexible postures most days, we’re inevitably going to end up with problems As a new teacher 7 years ago, I led a ‘hip opening’ workshop, which had so many externally rotating postures, I squirm now at the certainty in which I taught these. To be fair to my previous self, I was teaching postures that are part of the traditional asana canon, f

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