getting older without getting old

okay. i admit it. i have those days.

you know, the days where you (grudgingly) wake up and say to yourself “maybe i’ll just take this one day off my yoga practice.”

okay. i’ll admit it. i have them a lot. maybe because i never actually do take that day off (unless i am on travel…in the spirit of full disclosure). maybe because i’m getting older. but i have them more than i care to admit….i just admitted.

let me be clear, i don’t skip days because yoga practice is my drug, my addiction, or something i can’t live without. au contraire mon frere. i would happily spend the extra two hours languishing in bed if i thought it was an option.

but it’s not. and here’s why…

back in my early years, b.y. (before yoga), i was a total gym rat. practically lived at the gym. and every day at 4am (god help me for waking up at such an ungodly hour for a decade!), there was this guy in his 90s who would lift weights and walk the treadmill for at least an hour. oh…and he still had a full-time job, too!

it was because of him that i drew the conclusion that as long as you get up every single day and do your thing, there will never suddenly be a day when you wake up and cannot do your thing.

that idea has stuck with me literally every day for the last 20+ years.

i do get on my mat every day, no matter how reluctantly. and then there are the days when i think “i’m here. i’m on my mat. i did the hard part. i can skip my ________________ (fill in the blank…handstand series, backbend series, arm balance series, etc) and be fine.”

but…

i can’t.

skip my handstand series today (and it’s over 30 handstands of varying entries and exits each day) and it gives me permission to skip it tomorrow. and just a few more days (because what’s one more day?). until it’s gone.

i’m 45 years old and still practicing like a 25-year-old. some people think i’m crazy. some think i will seriously hurt myself. or kill myself. i’m just doing my best to keep myself strong and flexible and balanced and–quite frankly–young.

do things snap, crackle and pop more than they did ten years ago? yes. do they get exhausted, tight, or hurt more than before? hell, yes. but can i do things now i couldn’t even do back then? YES!  will i be doing bigger and better things in ten years than today? you can say i’m being naive, but i’m going to say i sure hope so.

one day at a time. every. single. damn. day.

i’m on a path and i have no plans on giving up. i’m getting older, but i have no plans of getting old.

3 Comments

  1. Adolfo Kaufman on June 9, 2017 at 2:00 am06

    Love it!

  2. Adolfo Kaufman on June 9, 2017 at 2:00 am06

    You are my inspiration Shana! Next month I will drive up to LA from OC just to take your class.

    • Shana on June 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm06

      Aw, thank you! I would love that!
      There is no class on June 20th, 27th or July 4…just FYI.
      On for all other Tuesdays. 🙂

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