Age is really no age barrier to doing yoga - unless you're a newborn! Especially not for gentle yet empowering hatha yoga. Almost 3 years ago when I was getting back into doing yoga practice with greater focus and consistency, I came across Ageless Yoga by Rosie Reichmann at the library. I love seeing yoga books by "real" people - that is, people who are not models like Christy Turlington or super yoga teachers such as Rodney Yee (although both of these individuals DO offer much value in their yoga books!)
Born in Czechoslovakia in 1917, Rosie Reichmann was one of 12 children who emigrated to England at age 20. Do to an unfortunate event, Rosie became afflicted with back pains that caused her to seek out help from specialists in England and Switzerland over the next 20 years. Not until she learned yoga at age 40 at the Iyengar Yoga Clinic in London was Rosie able to cure her pains. He introduction to yoga led to a lifetime practice and passion that she shared with others through classes teaching young and old women daily. Her book, Ageless Yoga, was published in 2001 when she was 84 and she models all the poses in her book. The book teaches yoga asanas and breathing techniques. The instructions are simple and clear. Her commentaries reveal her love and gratitude for the benefits that yoga has brought to her life. Read it for inspiration!
Thought for the day: "Make your body live by daily practice. Chores and housework have no effect on your body. In contrast, yoga rectifies your posture, strengthens your neglected muscles and repairs those that have atrophied. There is no part of your body that does not benefit greatly from practicing yoga." ~Rosie Reichmann in Ageless Yoga.