Regain your vitality, good mood and concentration.

 

Learn how to do the things which you like and which make you happy and fulfilled. Learn how to love yourself and the world around you. It is a source of endless energy. Ripe age is accompanied by wisdom – you may give invaluable advice to other people.

 

Your looks and your feelings in your 70s or 80s are your own choice, that is – your own responsibility. You can keep the vitality of your body, the sharpness of your mind, your creativity and activity. They depend on the attitude that you have about you and your life. If you believe that ripe age goes hand in hand with diseases, high blood pressure, heart problems, spondylosis, osteoporosis, loss of elasticity, forgetfulness, you are sure to get all of these. Our thoughts provoke the things happening to us.

It can be hard to believe that you can avoid these symptoms, as you still haven’t learned how to control your thoughts and you find it hard to change your habits.

As years go by and people near their 50s, 60s or 70s, most of them lose their vital energy and rely on medicine to improve their health. Worries, bad mood, anger and inactivity make them age before their time. They waste their energy and always feel tired. On top of it, most of them think that they have already done the most important things in their lives and don’t know what to do with themselves. This is especially the case with women who are used to take care of somebody else throughout their lives and when these obligations end and their children (as well as their grandchildren) have grown up, they feel lonely and useless. These feelings lead to depression.

Yoga says that when your obligations towards your family and society are reduced or over, it is time to think of yourself. It is the real time to do the things that you have always desired and never had time to do. Advanced age is not an obstacle if you learn how to keep your energy and good health.

It is only normal that you don’t have the same amount of energy as at the age of 25. However, as the years go by, you can learn how to re-channel your energy and use your physical and mental powers differently. You can discover what kind and what amount of physical activity you need so that you do not waste your body, but restore it.

The physical exercises in yoga, the asanas, do not waste your body and energy. On the contrary, the slow and gentle movements and stretches relax and strengthen your muscles. Your bones and joints get better nourishment. Your body becomes stronger and more flexible. The breathing techniques make your breathing deeper and as a result, more oxygen reaches the cells of your body and improves your immunity.

While doing the asanas and the breathing techniques, your mind has to concentrate on your practice. In this way you improve your concentration and your ability to channel your thoughts and emotions towards positive experiences. These techniques have a relaxing effect. They restore your good mood and give new quality to your sleep.

Yoga exercises are indispensable if you suffer from:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica
  • Slipped discus
  • Spondylosis
  • Rheumatism

If your condition is acute, don’t strain yourself and ask for doctor’s help. Start practicing as soon as you feel better. It is the only way to prevent pain, i.e. the reappearance of your problems. Start gradually and don’t put too much pressure on your body. Regular practice will lead to improvement. Best results will be achieved if you are under guidance of a yoga instructor.

 

MY EXPERIENCE

My experience, Bitola, 1999
Dimitrija Trenčevski
YOGA AT THE AGE OF 79
“Yoga helped me prolong my life and improve my health.”

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My experience, Skopje, 2009
Bistrica Mirkulovska, 80
University professor, author, poet
Has been practicing yoga since 2005.
Yoga helped me balance the discrepancy between my body and my spirit.

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My experience, Skopje, December 2008
Kosara Gočkova, 75
Professor, author, writer
Has been practicing yoga since 2006.
Yoga is a look at our inner peace, settling down our mental chaos.

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My experience, Skopje, December 2008
Gordana Kostovska 67 years
theater worker
Has been practicing yoga since 2008.
Yoga gives me a sense of relaxation, relief from all the negative energy.

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My experience, Skopje, 2009
Bistrica Mirkulovska, 80
University professor, author, poet
Has been practicing yoga since 2005.
Yoga helped me balance the discrepancy between my body and my spirit.
I began practicing yoga at the age of 75, at a time when I was in an inner crisis. My daughter then practiced yoga for a while and thought that this discipline could help me.
All my life I was very dynamic. When I was young I was an athlete and, at 75, discrepancy appeared between my spirit and my body, between the physical and the mental. My mind ran forward, and the body could not follow. I came into a conflict with myself because I could no longer do what I used to do. As a result, I became nervous, and at times I felt hatred towards myself and a sense of nihilism.
Yoga helped me a lot to get my body and spirit into balance, so that I can start functioning normally and accept my age.
Had I not started with yoga four years ago, I would have stayed in a horizontal position, looking at the emptiness, pitying myself for being in such a position. And the self-pity is the most terrible thing.
Yoga gives you strength to be able, at this age, to open widely to the society, to the world, to the readers, to the younger generation. And for that, you need to have stamina and self-confidence, not to hate yourself for no longer being young and to feel worthy to come in front of the younger and say something. To create something that will be useful and will remain for the younger generations.
(The interview was made in 2009. Now /2011/ Bistrica is 81 and is still practicing yoga.)

My experience, Skopje, December 2008
Kosara Gočkova, 75
Professor, author, writerHas been practicing yoga since 2006.
Yoga is a look at our inner peace, settling down our mental chaos.
Yoga is a look into our own self, a look at our inner peace, settling down our mental chaos and turning it into peace. It helps us with our self-healing, opens us to the world, helping us to accept the world as it is. In yoga we learn that we can’t change everything in the world, but we have to do something in order to change ourselves, to open to the world, to accept it and adjust our relationship to the outside world. Then we are in peace, tranquillity and harmony. An American scientist says: the harmony between the mind and the body is the most beautiful pearl of wisdom that one can attain.
When I started practicing, after the first few lessons I felt strange; at times I thought that the whole organism was disassembled and doing the exercises was difficult. However, the consultations with the yoga teachers, and realising that I have to keep working with myself, which was the only way I can help myself, were crucial for me to continue. The first months I returned home tired and dizzy because of my health problems. And, working with my limbs went hard because of my hip surgery. It wasn’t an ordinary hip surgery, but a connection of the hip and the pelvis. It was a very risky surgery. But now I’m happy to say that I can do almost all the exercises without an effort. I can do all the exercises with my leg as good as with the healthy one. With that part of my body I practice wonderfully.
Now, after the yoga lessons I am in good mood, ready for all the daily obligations, with many positive effects. The yoga exercises create a sense of relief for every part of my body. Yoga channels the energy and we feel light and alive.
(Kosara still regularly attends the yoga class, 2011.)

My experience, Skopje, December 2008
Gordana Kostovska 67 years
theater worker
Has been practicing yoga since the beginning of 2008.
Yoga gives me a sense of relaxation, relief from all the negative energy.
Two years ago I had a major crisis. For years I’ve been suffering from a herniated disc, and then problems with my leg started. I was put a bypass on my left leg and just before I came to yoga, I had had serious problems with walking, poor circulation, my leg began to fail and I walked with difficulty. The doctors told me that the nerve was not dead and it was possible to recover after some time, but also there was a risk never to recover. They recommend exercises and swimming, so I came to yoga. Once I decided to start, I’ve been regular to the classes and I am very happy to have achieved this self-discipline for regularity.
At first I couldn’t do many of the exercises. I was limited in the movements and the stretches during the exercises and I was a little afraid. Now it’s completely different and I am glad it is so. The exercises are fantastic, and I like them. They are pleasant, and I their effect even when I come back home. I began to walk more. When my friends would say: Bravo, you threw your cane!, I say: Yoga, yoga only.
I have been smoking actively for a long time and very often, when I talk to my friends talk about yoga, I say: Even if I didn’t have any positive effect from yoga, it is enough that I don’t light a cigarette for an hour and a half. And I feel good.
When we prepare for the lesson, you often say, “Leave all your worries and thoughts aside and relax.” At the beginning this was hard. I thought about the places I have to go and what I have to do after the lesson, but gradually I changed these habits, I relaxed from the sense of excessive responsibility and unnecessary worrying and I’m really sorry that I didn’t do this when I was younger. By practicing yoga, I come to the conclusion that there is time for everything, nothing will escape us.
And my nearest respond, they say I’ve become milder and complain less :-)). I feel very relaxed when I’m with myself.

My experience, Bitola, 1999
Dimitrija Trenčevski
YOGA AT THE AGE OF 79
“Yoga helped me prolong my life and improve my health.”
Dimitrija Trenčevski is a member of the Yoga Society in Bitola. He was born on June 1, 1920, and has been practicing yoga for five years. (The interview was made in 1999.)
I can say that yoga cured me and now I feel very good.
When I applied for the beginners’ course, I had vertigo and received therapy. Since then I don’t have vertigos any more. The high blood pressure is now regulated and I perform the reverse positions that I wasn’t allowed to practice at the beginning. Even the pains I had from the spondylosis and rheumatism of the legs diminished. I used to wake up every morning stiff; I used to feel pain in my arms, legs and shoulder. My body was stiff. Now I don’t have these pains, I have become more flexible and easy to move. And it is constantly improving. Learning yoga is an open process. I have good stamina, I walk for several kilometres.
I practice regularly, especially after I felt the improvement, and the exercises became my habit. It is now part of my life rhythm. I feel that I’ve brought discipline in my life and it’s great for me. Now my concentration is also better.
I feel much better now, I’m more stable. While I had the vertigo I was unstable and afraid to go alone on bigger distances. And even when I had to go to the doctor, I did not dare to go alone and asked my grandchildren to accompany me.
The exercises helped me a lot. With my seventy-nine years I feel younger than five years ago, when I began to practice yoga.