Terry has been practicing with me for a little over a year. Terry is 90 years young. Yes, I said 90! She comes every Saturday morning with her daughter Linda and has recently added chair yoga to her practice as well. I was able to catch up with her recently (she is VERY BUSY). Here's how our chat went..........
Christine: "What inspired you to practice yoga?"
Terry: "I'm anxious. I worry often and I wanted to work on better balance. I'm nervous about falling. I have advanced arthritis in my hip and I wanted to give this a try."
Christine: "How has your experience been ?"
Terry: "I've been coming every week and I've noticed significant improvement. I am more relaxed, my joints don't hurt as much, I have clear thinking. It helps with my anxiety, For me, the teacher is most important. A lot of poses are out of my reach and I need help modifying. Christine provides me with confidence, strength and assistance so I can do what everyone on the mat is doing except I am in a chair.
Christine: "What would you tell others about therapeutic yoga if they are suffering from chronic pain or anxiety?"
Terry: "DO IT! TRY IT! Moving is so important especially as you age. Your body will definitely feel better and so will your mind!"
Terry is an inspiration and a joy to have in class. She is willing to try any pose with assistance and provides some comic relief when she's encouraged to step out of her comfort zone. I am thankful that Linda and Terry found my studio and I look forward to seeing them each week.