There's a group of friends I often have coffee with after yoga class. Most of them started Ashtanga style yoga with Vickie Macarthur of Spirit in Motion yoga when she was volunteering at the local YWCA. Coming at first for the stretch-and-strengthen aspect of yoga, they soon found themselves hooked on the relaxation and mental benefits. Most of them are in my age group, which also means that they've been through several fitness movements over the last couple of decades. They've worn the legwarmers and leotards and gone to dance aerobics. They've done step, circuit, spinning, kickboxing, pilates, weights. Despite the fact that some of them are lifelong runners and triathletes, they wonder if yoga will become, for them, one of those lifelong loves, or a passing phase like so many fitness actities that have waxed and waned over the years. When one of them asks me, "How long have you been doing yoga?" she really wants to know "will I still want to be doing yoga when I'm 90, or will I have gotten bored and moved on to the next thing?"
It doesn't take a lot to be convinced that yoga can be practiced well into later years, as amply demonstrated by well known yogis such as BKS Iyengar and Felicity Green, as well as less well known ones like Tao Porchon-Lynch . A tougher question to answer is whether the practice will continue to engage, interest, challenge, and amuse. Will the yogamoon be over when the next mind-body fat-burning thigh-slimming workout comes along? Will we lose interest when we no longer see yoga DVD's and accessories in the grocery store lineup? Or will we still be practicing yoga in a way that continues to fuel curiousity, nurture self care, awaken and replenish energy and the desire to engage more fully in life?
We'd like to hear comments about where you think your yoga practice will be within the next decade, or decades from now, even if you think it may be a phase that will pass out of your life. To sweeten the deal, a special edition Yogalilapalooza raglan hoodie from Cafe Press will go out to a randomly selected contributor.