I took note of a downed tree in the park as I walked a few days ago. At one point in the past that tree was standing tall and strong, but whether it was wind, rain, or blight, something brought that tree down.
I’m not so infrequently asked by various students what happens when we can’t do our movement practice like we once did. What happens when our bodies change and shift, what do our movement practices look and feel like when change inevitably happens, when we can’t do what we used to do on the regular.
Aging happens, right? There’s not one of us who can move through this life without our bodies and our abilities changing, even if we move on the regular. If you’ve been around me long enough, you’ve probably heard me say “well, we’re never going to be 23 again” (usually in reference to balance issues, haha).
It’s true though, most of us are never going to be 23 again. Our bodies, our abilities, our minds shift as we change and age…and that’s ok, my friends. That’s more than ok.
We can shift with those changes. Just because our movement practice might not look the same way it did when we were younger, doesn’t mean it isn’t just as important to our mental and physical health. Even though our bodies might not be able to move in the same way it once did, doesn’t mean our current movement practices are any less useful and meaningful.
My friends, change happens, bodies change and age, and the ways we show up in our movement practices inevitably change with those changing bodies. I hope, as we move through this life, we can see the importance of our movement practice no matter how it might change over time.
Have an amazing week, my friends.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!