It turns out that being flexible is one of the specific traits of centurions, or people who live to be 100. Being adaptable and flexible helps people avoid stress and anxiety, which can increase longevity,” says Rosanne Leipzig, MD, PhD, a professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. But I’m going to challenge you and see how flexible and easily you can adapt to certain situations by these questions…..
- You order at a restaurant, and tell your waiter specifically you don’t like onions with your stir fry, and to please don’t put them on. What are you going to do when the order is mixed up, and comes with onions on the plate?
- Do you : send back the food and remind them of your previous statement? or Do You: Eat it, and just pick around the onions, who knows you might start to like them!
- You always do the dishes, and your husband always manages the money. He suggests that you flip flop chores, and he will do the dishes and for you to manage the money.
- Do you : Try to manage the money, only to realize that you have a difficult time, bills go unpaid, or get paid late, causing you a great deal of stress, so you suggest switching back chores. OR Do you: Ask for help, look for different ways to manage things, and learn a valuable skill.
- You lose your job of 20 years, but are not ready to retire, and find out that today’s job market, is quite different than 20 years ago. Getting a job you want is attending job help meetings, keeping in touch with professionals, and brushing up on your technical skills, and maybe trying new ventures.
- Do You: keep looking the old way, I’m sure something will eventually work out. OR Do you: Someone suggests trying a new career, or taking a college course and you follow their advise, only to realize that you are doing exactly what you love to do, and making great money as well?
Ok, you say, what have these statements have to do with living to 100 or beyond? Yoga not only makes you flexible and strong in your muscles, but works in a very real way to make you flexible in your mind. With the practice of yoga you begin to accept new ideas, try new food, and notice you are feeling better most days than grumpy or stressed. Not true you say? I challenge you, to practice everyday, try different ways of practicing, and see if the above statements are true. If you are not changed, I will sit down and eat this computer I’m typing on right now.
Go ahead, give it a try.
See you on the mat,