To know who I am and what I really like, it took a lot of dedication, desire and knowing how to overcome fear. And it wasn’t until the mid-80s that I really started to make this change. This 92-year-old yogi says that she wants to share her secrets to have a happy life and reach longevity .

From the moment I started walking and talking, the word ” challenge ” has instinctively been my mantra. Today, that mantra is what makes me who I am. Once a challenge is presented, you can begin to accept it, but not facing it will make you lose the reason to have a new opportunity. You will have missed something that could change the path of life and you may never have that opportunity again.

Practicing yoga, dancing Tango, flying on a trapeze and jumping rope, none of this was planned and yet somehow these things found me much later in my life. These practices have been one of the most rewarding challenges of my existence on this planet .

The trapeze catapulted me into writing lyrics, making music, and blogging. Tango catapulted me to compose tangos. Each new practice opened another door for me.

Nor was it a purpose to practice yoga, however thanks to a friend I was able to have a short dialogue with the yoga teacher, and only five minutes after starting the meditation, this made me think, “ wait a minute, I think I really liked it. this … ”

My body responded without too much pain or difficulty, that class was the beginning of an incredibly beautiful, powerful journey that I am still taking, and it will continue for the many years that await me.

Benefits of yoga for happiness and longevity

I found that in yoga, the time between each pose is the true essence of the practice . Do yoga to live and live to do yoga. I know that my life in the future depends on my yoga practice .

The 45 minute yoga practice is how to greet the day, every day. It strengthens the muscles and is favorable for my body and mind, allowing my spirit to breathe. Yes, there are many other ways to exercise the body, but in my opinion, none are as complete as yoga .

If you go to the gym (which is not an option for me), you are still doing something for yourself, for your body and your mind. You may be tired afterwards, but you are forcing yourself to say: “I did something good for me and my best friend. ”

Your body is your best friend

Your body is your best friend and partner on this fabulous journey that is life . Also this needs to be loaded. That is why we should not always say, ” We don’t have time ” because that is a lie. Not having time is a poor excuse that prevents you from feeling better and living longer. And I am living proof.

Keep it active

I also love to jump rope in the mornings . I consider that this practice stimulates my entire body and I would rather die than lose a single day of it. The secret is to start slow and jump for a minute , then two, and so on. Finally, if you are someone committed, you will go for a total of six minutes, like me. I assure you that it will surprise you as it helps in improving physical endurance .

Don’t listen to someone who tells you that jumping rope can be harmful to your body. I have been jumping rope for two years and have had absolutely no pain . Imagine what it can do for your cardiovascular system , helping you pump blood and oxygen to your heart and lungs. Do not deny yourself pleasure, you just have to give it a try, I guarantee that it can help you achieve a longer and healthier life .

Happiness can help you live longer

For me, both yoga and tango and jumping rope are a fantastic trio . It has never been just one thing that changed my life, but rather, continue to find new ways to enhance the incredible journey and I have been searching for 92 years.

At birth they gave you an incredible instrument, that instrument is your body . It is the only one you can get in this life, you must love it like that, with respect and honor. Listen to him, he has a voice and he wants to be heard . You must pay attention and be aware of all the possibilities that are presented to you. I am more aware than ever, but that wisdom only comes with time and practice.

When you spend many years loving what you do, you will find that you are more open to all the opportunities that are waiting for you out there. You are the essence of life. We are all one person, in a different way.

I love what I do and this is a way of loving yourself . Take this advice from me, regular yoga practice is the key to a long and healthy life . It’s worth every breath you take. And while you’re doing that, don’t forget to have fun, because reaching longevity without being happy doesn’t make sense.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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