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April 27, 2015
Thank You Tomako for moving Mukerjee's statement over and creating this thread. Thank you Mukerjee and the rest of you for your energy. There are two sides here to consider. The rest are extremes and the more extreme we get, the more foolish our statements will seem.
Here are the two sides:
1. Seniors can do what they like. I am one too and I don't like anyone taking control over my life. I want to be independent and my health is my concern - not yours. Don't tell us what to do because we have earned the right to take risks if we want to. We took risks all our lives and we realize there is some luck to get where we are. We don't need safety precautions on everything because we did fine before everything had a warning on it.
2. Seniors can practice yoga, but should be pointed toward chair yoga first. We do this for your safety, because yoga is more than it seems to be. Also, would you mind filling out this six page questionnaire about your health. We want to make sure you don't hurt yourself and you'll never be asked to push yourself because we know you worked hard all your life.
There are more or less extreme views, but that's it. The point here should be a safe common sense approach to Hatha yoga for all ages. Not everyone at age 65 feels the same. Some people never make it to 65! Some people can run a marathon at 65. Some people are in a wheelchair before 65.
The health condition entering a class should be more of a factor than the age, but where do you draw the line?
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