Do you get out of bed in the mornings and wonder where your
get up and go…got up and went? Most women find that, as they hit the half
century mark, they aren’t as flexible as they once were. Can those days of
limber legs and flexible spines ever return?
Today’s guest, Sheena Nancy Sarles, is a yoga instructor,
life coach, and author of Growing
Younger Gracefully, talks to Margaret about how we can actually become more
flexible as we age if we chose to!
Flexibility is NOT Age Related
“We are in these physical containers and to keep them
flexible, we need to keep moving” Sheena says.
There are 6 directions when it comes to flexible and Sheena
demonstrates these directions beautifully, even within the limits of a video
The First Two Directions
Sheena suggests spending just 4 or 5 minutes in the morning
performing these 6 directions to start your day off right.
Sitting on the edge of the bed, arch your back, stick out
your backside, lift your chin up towards the ceiling as you breath in. Then
exhale as you bring your belly to your spine and point your chin towards your
This releases all the toxins in your body. Repeat these two
movements as many times you wish.
The Second Two Directions
The next set is a side to side motion pulling each arm over
your head, inhaling and exhaling, visualizing your spine in positive movement.
Never strain, never stress, and never press too hard. These
stretches should feel good and not be exercises in pain!
The Last Two Directions
This is a twisting motion that also detoxifies the body. Put
your hands on your shoulders and twist at the waist, never forgetting to
These same stretches can be done with all the other joints
in your body. You can move your feet and toes forward and back, move your legs
from side to side, and twist your neck or your hips from side to side.
It’s More Than Just Moving
Margaret notes that, while watching Sheena perform and talk
about these movements, she puts out a vitality of spirit. Sheena reminds us
that whatever happens to one cell impacts all cells since the body does have a
cellular memory, so it’s important to visualize how your body is moving.
For example, while we are moving our shoulders, we should
think about how flexible our hips or legs will be when we perform this
has some videos where she demonstrates some of these movements, and her book
also has photos if you need more help with the movements.
Balance and Flexibility Matter!
Building muscle is important because we do lose some as we
age, but flexibility and balance issues are important functions no one wants to
lose. Since about 60 percent of hospital admissions are due to falls from
balance problems, remaining flexible and practicing our balance skills is
Sitting is the new smoking, so Sheena says get up and shake
it, move it, and get yourself moving!
Sheena’s energy is contagious, and we hope you watch the
video to see exactly how these movements are done.
What do you do to
keep your balance skills strong? What types of exercise or stretching do you
engage in to stay flexible? Tell us your experiences and join in the