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Melissa Mayo

May 21, 2019

BALANCE IS CRITICAL AS WE AGE

Post by Melissa Mayo

Like a tree you have to find your roots, and then you can bend in the wind.

One of the first things to go as we age, are our balance centers. That is why you see a lot of older people falling off curbs or tripping up stairs. Gravity is a tricky little monster.

I’m focused on longevity and aging gracefully. Rather than being the warrior or the athlete, my goal is to be able to pick up my grandkids in my 70’s.

That is why a daily balance practice is so important. If you cannot get to a yoga class, you can try balancing on one foot close to a wall to begin. Make sure to rest your foot on the other foot or calf but never on the knee.

Try holding the pose for 2 minutes a side. Focus on a spot to help you. And root down into your supporting leg, pushing your energy up through the crown of your head as you get longer.

If you are like most, you will probably wobble and fall out of the pose. But you are doing good things. The nerve endings are firing up your balance receptors. So keep a sense of humor while trying. Laugh it off any try again.

Afterall isn’t life a series of falls along the way. The most important thing is to get back up and have another go. Let me know if you see any changes after trying this for a few weeks.

xxx MM

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