I turned 40 this year and I am finding that my body is facing new limitations. My wife has been encouraging me to try yoga because 40 years of wear and tear are taking their toll on my body, which I’m sure has been exacerbated by my disability.
The disability, which affects my legs and makes me walk with a cane, has thus far thwarted this endeavor. That is, until I crossed paths with Matthew Sanford. Sanford is a successful yoga instructor and paraplegic. This last part is why I decided to give yoga another shot, and why I gave Sanford a call.
“One of the things that happens when we age is that we tend to pull away from the outer edges of our bodies,” Sanford said.
The aging process that turns us inward, restricts our movement can be slowed down and experienced differently through yoga’s regiment of mindful — or purposeful — stretching.
Will it help me move to “the outer edges” of my body?
We’ll see. Sanford sent me his DVD, “Beyond Disability: A Yoga Practice with Matthew Sanford.”