Did you know that the fastest growing demographic of new yogis is the 55 and older set? Neither did I. I learned all sorts of fascinating facts, statistics, and new research from this week’s podcast guest, Baxter Bell.
Together with his co-author, Nina Zolotow, Baxter has a new book, Yoga for Healthy Aging, and that’s the main focus of this episode. I can’t think of two people better-positioned to write this book: Baxter Bell spent years practicing medicine as a family doc before becoming a yoga therapist and practicing acupuncturist. Nina is the author of several books on yoga and is a certified yoga teacher, having studied extensively with esteemed teachers like Rodney Yee and Donald Moyer.
I don’t know about you, but Jason and I have tried— unsuccessfully!—to get our parents to do yoga. This book reminds me of how beneficial yoga practice is as we age. I think it’s a vital and meaningful book for any thoughtful yoga teacher’s toolkit.
In this week’s podcast we learn more about:
- The story behind Baxter and Nina’s new book Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Wellness
- Why “health span” might be a better goal than a longer life span.
- How holding yoga poses can assist with bone strength.
- His perspective on “resting” the heart in addition to exercising it.
- How spending time barefoot can assist with balance and proprioception as we age.
- The importance of flexibility, agility, strength, and balance as we age—and how they overlap and influence each other.
- The best thing we can do to improve cognitive function over time. (It’s not crossword puzzles)
RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS
Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Wellness
Yoga for Health Aging Blog
Baxter Bell on YogaUOnline
Baxter Bell Yoga on YouTube
Yoga FAQ by Richard Rosen
Episode 48: Richard Rosen Talks Yoga Camp, Breath-Work, & Parkinson’s Disease
Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to the Heart of Yoga Philosophy by Nicholai Bachman
The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
WRITE A REVIEW
If you like the podcast, please leave a review or rating on iTunes! It makes it easier for others to find the podcast. If you don’t know how to leave a review, here are some step by step instructions. Woohoo! So easy!
SHOUTOUT TO OUR SPONSORS
- Mahabis sell incredibly comfortable, Scandinavian-inspired slippers with unique detachable soles. The detachable soles clip on and off easily, so you can even wear your slippers outdoors, or to and from your yoga class! Head to mahabis.com to buy your pair today. Use code YOGALAND for 10% off and free shipping worldwide.
- RxBar are protein bars made from 100% whole foods. That means RxBars do not contain artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or fillers. They also do not contain added sugar. They’re also delicious! For 25% off your first order, visit RXBAR.com/yogaland and enter the promo code YOGALAND at checkout.
- Freshly is the easiest and most convenient way to eat healthy no matter what life throws your way. Freshly’s chef create delicious gluten-free meals delivered fresh to your door. Every single meal comes with a detailed overview of each ingredient in the meal. Get $25 off your first order of 6 fresh-cooked dinners by going to freshly.com/yogaland