Rejoicing in Old Age

The Indian scriptures say that the four stages of person’s life are – ‘Balya’ (childhood) ‘Kaumara’ (Youth) ‘Garhasthya’ (the family man) and ‘Vanaprastha’ (the retired). According to Indian scriptures a man who pass through in above four stages in well disciplined manner who can Rejoicing in Old Age.

The retired life is to some, a stage of contentment having accomplished successfully one’s ardent duties of life. But, to some it may be a time of disillusionment, for having encountered the bitter realities of life.

Well, for both these factions, despite the numerous means to spend their retired life, a most of them are   choosing an effective way to Rejoicing in Old Age  would be with Yoga, Meditation and Spirituality.

Some effective way to Rejoicing in Old Age

The Yoga Way of Life

Derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. Yoga is a 5000-year-old Indian body of knowledge. Though many think of yoga only as a physical exercise where people twist, turn, stretch, and breathe in the most complex ways, these are actually only the most superficial aspect of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul.

Regular practice of Yoga has brought remarkable lifestyle changes in the practitioners. They have experienced relief from chronic illnesses and have observed behavioral changes. Participants have reported a healthy, happier living with reduced anxiety, increased tolerance and mindfulness.

One of the beauties of the physical practice of yoga is that the poses support and sustain you no matter how old or young, or fit or frail, you are. As you age, your understanding of asanas becomes more sophisticated. You move from working on the external alignment and mechanics of the pose to refining the inner actions to finally just being in the asana.

Breathing Techniques

Practicing proper techniques of breathing can help bring more oxygen to the blood and brain, eventually helping control prana or the vital life energy. Pranayama goes hand in hand with various yoga asanas. The union of these two yogic principles is considered as the highest form of purification and self-discipline, covering both mind and body.

Meditation

The term ‘meditation’ refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.

Spirituality

Spirituality is something that is often debated and commonly misunderstood. Many people confuse spirituality with religion and so bring pre-existing beliefs about the impact of religion to discussions about spirituality. Though all religions emphasize spirituality as being an important part of faith, it is possible to be ‘spiritual’ without necessarily being a part of an organised religious community.

Many people see spirituality as a great way of seeking solace and peace in their life. It can often be practiced alongside yoga, which ultimately focuses on stress relief and release of emotion.

Although it is advisable to start practicing these techniques early in life, old age shouldn’t stop you from trying them out. Their benefits are both physical and psychological. However, if opting for yoga at a later age, always take the opinion of your physician before you start.

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