By Evelyn Abruzzo
Long gone are the days when we thought we might actually rest as “boomers.”
Rather, the “leisurely” living of today’s boomers is a full-time endeavor and an exhausting one at that! Yes, we theoretically have the time to sleep late, watch TV and read, but the boomers I know are way too busy for that! Running to a movie or a show, seeing friends, spending time with children and grandchildren, going to concerts and museums, playing tennis and golf and cards, volunteering, going to cooking lessons, yoga classes, bridge lessons, college classes, current events discussions and on and on and on!
It’s almost a joke when the grandchildren say, “But what do you do all day?”
The answer for many is, “Where do I start? All I know is that I come home after a “boomer” day pooped from my leisurely living!”
And now we even have this exciting website, New York City Boomers; so whatever spare minutes we have can be used to check out new events and adventures around the city.
The Yoga pose we will learn today has all of the benefits of an inversion. It helps blood and lymph circulation, thyroid function, counters insomnia, relieves back pain, improves posture, improves digestion and totally relaxes the body. It is called VIPARITA KARANI or Legs up the Wall. Ten minutes in this pose and you will have the energy after a busy day about town to change your clothes, meet friends for dinner and walk to a movie or show.
So put on your comfy clothes and Let’s Do It!
1) Sit at the wall with the side of your hip close up against the wall.
2) Let your legs float up the wall. Release the arms to the floor palms up.
3) Cover yourself with a blanket and close your eyes. Hold for 10 minutes, breathing easily and with awareness.
4) Be sure to make any changes that will make the pose feel comfortable. Here are a few suggestions:
Bend your knees slightly if your hamstrings are tight.
Try putting a rolled blanket or bolster under your sacrum.
Slip a belt around the thighs above the knees to keep the legs together.
Put a small rolled towel under your neck for extra support.
Change your arms: rest them on belly or out in a T or in a cactus shape.
You will be amazed at the rejuvenating effect of this simple pose!
Enjoy! See you next time!