Boomer Yoga: Open Your Heart


By Evelyn Abruzzo

The more I practice Yoga, the more aware I become, and it sure feels good!

I was walking home with Jack after a visit to the Vet for his annual check-up and was lost In thought. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a frail old woman trying to raise her overly large wooden cane in the air. She was neatly and expensively dressed, but her pant suit looked about two sizes too big and her legs were thin and wobbly. I approached her and asked if she needed a cab. Her beautiful wrinkled face burst into a broad smile as she answered, “Yes!” As I set out to hail a cab, she told me that she was off to the Metropolitan Museum, although she been experiencing a bit of vertigo as of late. She offered me her blessings and thanks as I helped her into the cab and closed the door.

This simple act of kindness and her reaction to it, was the most wonderful gift for me. It made my day.

NYC is full of opportunities to offer kindness. We just need to keep our hearts open and look around. This simple heart opener is part of the ISHTA tradition and was taught to me by my teacher, Yogi Raj, Alan Finger. With it comes a sense of compassion and unconditional love to bring into every moment of our lives.

Sit on a chair with your feet flat on the floor and your spine straight and long. Close your eyes and inhale deeply as you feel your heart center expand. As you exhale feel your heart center contract. Then, visualize and feel a pinpoint of light at your heart center. As you inhale, silently vibrate the mantra “Sat” (rhymes with hot) and feel this light expand. As you exhale silently vibrate “Yam” and feel the light draw back into the heart. Expand the light to the point that it fills your body and begins to fill the space around you. Continue this practice, noticing that your breath becomes more still and the light from your heart continues to expand.

Feel joyful today as you share the glow with all those with whom you come into contact


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Evelyn Abruzzo

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Evelyn Abruzzo left the field of educational administration in 2000 and has pursued the study of ISHTA yoga under Yogi Raj Alan Finger. She is passionate about inspiring boomers to pursue this healthy and happy life style. Evelyn has a Doctorate in Education from Hofstra University and is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher and teacher trainer. Evelyn Abruzzo, Ed.D, E-RYT 500

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