Getting Healthy at 66
Peter Cafasso, Ridgefield center, NJ
When I retired from teaching one year ago, I was at a loss of what I was going to do with myself all day. I knew I had to get into an exercise regimen as a start.
The Body and Brain Center in Ridgefield has been a life saver for me. Attending the morning yoga class gives me a foundation to live with and carry out my day. The instructors Lim and Ju Young and I have recurring conversations regarding my habits and lifestyle. It is a slow process for me. My body at sixty-six doesn't want to do the things I took for granted ten years ago. I am still learning how to do the class by not overdoing it and feeling frustrated and burned out.
For the most part I enjoy the classes and I have regained some flexibility and renewed muscle strength. Every class reminds me how life is basically a struggle and I have a limited number of days of life, so naturally I would want to maximize the potential. Some days the emphasis is on breathing and increasing lung power. In particular these exercises have given me more power and deeper breath control when I sing, which is very pleasing and rewarding.
Probably the biggest and most important thing on the agenda is developing my self awareness. The instructors remind me too often or not often enough of how well and sincere I am taking care of my body. These are profound concepts that affect my whole life and way of being. At least with the level of yoga proficiency that I still do have I am able to move comfortably but I have a long way to go. The discipline and inner fortitude my Yoga teachers model for me on a daily basis is a goal worth aspiring toward. I feel that if I had a smidgeon of their dedication I would grow and flourish, feel better about myself, develop more confidence and feel happier. Such a journey!
- Inner Peace and a Great Workout
- Positive Life Energy