I met Swami Satchidananda in my early thirties. He was a monk who dedicated his life to the cause of peace, both individual and universal. I was taken aback at how kind and gentle he was - what a wonderful sense of humor he had and how much he laughed during the lectures he gave. Keep in mind I went to a Catholic School in the Bronx. In those days the nuns wore habits that were so tight their faces seemed to be squished into a frown. Not only did they rarely smile, they walked with a stick in their hand which met my hand on more than one occasion. My experience was more fear than fun.
My experience with the priest was not much better. Swami Satchidananda, however, touched my heart that day, and, although it was years later before I attended training at the Integral Yoga Institute, I've kept the following words on an index card and read them from time to time and strove to practice the four attitudes he spoke of that day:
Friendliness towards the happy;
Compassion for the unhappy;
Delight in the virtuous;
Disregard toward the wicked.
By cultivating these attitudes the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness. Consider these attitudes the next time you're with someone who is unhappy, or share in someone's success, or someone cuts you off on the highway and just notice.
"Relax into Yoga for Seniors" A Six-Week Program for Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Pain Relief. - Kimberly Carson & Carol Kruckoff
"Living Your Yoga" Finding the Spiritual in everyday Life - Judith Lasater, Ph.D, P.T.
"Yoga for Your Spiritual Muscles" A complete Yoga Program to Strengthen Body and Spirit - Rachel Schaeffer
"Easy Does It Yoga" The safe and gently way to health and Well-being - Alice Christensen
"The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga" A Practical Guide to Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit - Deepak Chopra and David Simon
"The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" Translation and Commentary by - Sri Swami Sathidananda
"The Breathing Book" Good Health and Vitality through Essential Breath Work - Donna Farhi
"A Life Worth Breathing" A Yoga Master's Handbook of Strength, Grace and Healing - by Max Strom
Practicing yoga under the guidance of an experienced teacher and being part of a yoga community offers many benefits. However, establishing a personal practice even if only twenty minutes a day, over time, will give you solace and strength especially as one gets older. Here are some audiovisual aids which you may find of benefit:
"Relax into Yoga for Seniors" Kimberly Carson and Carol Kruckoff
I also like the Viniyoga therapy CD collection by Gary Kraftsow:
"Yoga for theUpper Back Neck and Shoulders"
"Yoga for the Low Back, Sacrum and Hips"
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