RE:treat, Off The Cuff: Yoga, Anti-Aging

Back in the early 90’s when I was a girl of 12, I had a school friend whose Mum just radiated a healthy, natural beauty. She didn’t wear make up or fancy clothes. She just glowed. Ironically, that same lady nearly died a few years before of a mystery illness that stumped all her doctors. But she credited her eventual recovery to yoga and meditation. Hearing this story in 2014, most people would not bat an eye. But 20 years ago, yoga was for hippies only. A full practice was something quite strange that involved chanting and odd pretzel-like movements. Today, the health benefits of yoga, for mind and body, are deeply and widely documented. This recent article from Mind Body Green highlights some of the anti-aging benefits of yoga. Specifically, Sherry Guastini  explores several ways in which a yoga practice facilitates balance, flexibility, strength, breathing, and overall body awareness. 

Courtesy Mind Body Green

Courtesy Mind Body Green

Yoga slows the aging process by gradually improving key factors in your physical health. Here are five reasons why you should consider not only practicing yoga now, but continuing your practice as you age for optimal health.

1. Balance

Remember the old adage, “If you don’t use it you’ll lose it”? Balance is a component of many yoga poses, think Warrior, Triangle and of course, Tree Pose. The ability to balance involves both our body and our brain; when not practiced one or both faculties will begin to diminish.

Envision yourself one day, taking walks along the shore in a retirement dream vacation. Are you sure-footedly making your way from rock to rock or are you watching the scene from a car, too afraid of a fall to enjoy nature?

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons estimates 1 out of every 2 women and 1 out of every 4 men over 50 will suffer a fracture related to a fall. The balancing poses we practice in yoga help us to sync communication between the right and left hemispheres of the brain, improving our agility.

2. Flexibility

For most people, increased aches, pains and stiffness come with age…

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About RE:treat:

RE:treat is a relatively new, Telluride-based yoga-inspired lifestyle adventure company offering first-class outings (or retreats) in the mountains of Telluride and similar locales abroad. The company’s tagline says it all: “Elevated lifestyle adventures.”  The founders of RE:treat –  Babsi Glanznig, Nicole Nugent, and Georgie Bishop – hail from three different continents, America, Austria and Australia, but the ties that bind are yoga, travel, food, and mountain sports. The programs the threesome offers through RE:treats in America and Europe naturally reflect their shared passions: Ashtanga, Forrest, and restorative yoga practices, skiing, hiking, wellness advice, massage, local taste treats and beverages.

In 2015,  RE:treat is hosting a Yoga Glamping Safari in the desert southwest of the U.S., a yoga + hiking retreat in the Italian Dolomites, a luxurious yoga adventure escape in Santorini Greece. Each of these retreats will involve a few relaxing cocktails at the end of an action packed day.”

Contact RE:treat to plan your next yoga vacation. 970-729-8108 or PO Box 2615, Telluride, CO. 81435.

 

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