Now that I’m on the other side of 30, getting older is becoming more noticeable.

Staying physically active, and maintaining mobility and strength are obviously good things as we age, but in some of the marketing around yoga, it can almost seem as though teachers are promising eternal youth – as if all it takes is enough dedication to your yoga practice to stop the inevitable thinning of cartilage and the drying out of our joints.

While the benefits of regular physical activity are undeniable, perhaps the true value of yoga is less to do with it being a tool to fight against the ravages of time, and more to do with it being a way to cultivate acceptance and presence, so that we can come to terms with our mortality with grace.

Grace that I clearly lack at times!

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