It was always in the back of my mind. This thing called yoga. I remember the day I became enamored with its ability to heal. I read an article interview of Actress Dixie Carter, who played Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women. She explained her struggle with arthritis and her inability to even move well following Designing Women. From that point forward, I knew yoga would be a part of my life.
After her seven-year run with Designing Women, Dixie was in her mid-50’s and found herself so stiff from arthritis she could hardly get out of bed. Furthermore, osteoporosis ran in her family and she knew she had to make a change. Consequently, she found yoga.
In that same interview Dixie remarked that for her, yoga was life changing. She went from barely being able to get out of the bed to feeling alive again.
Much like myself, Dixie didn’t believe in real workouts or God forbid, sweating. She was Southern, as am I. We appreciate the benefits of yoga: staying limber, improved balance and being toned. But if you can receive all of these benefits by light stretches and less excursion, then why wouldn’t that be your preference?
Dixie put out several “Unworkout” videos in the 1990’s. They are both effective and entertaining. The video below is less than 10 minutes and will educate you on how southern belles prefer to stay lean. I adore it. Moreover, the link thereafter includes both her AM and PM 30-minute yoga sessions combined.
AM and PM 30 minute yoga videos, back to back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSXr8SPBKr8
For those of us who don’t have an athletic bone in our body, yoga can be our best option for active Wellness. I personally struggle with muscle tension and have since my mid-20’s. Now that I’m in my late 40’s, a loss of balance and bone density are issues. Anything that I can do to rectify these circumstances, I’m willing to do – as long as I don’t have to sweat!
I can destress and move my body in a way that is beneficial for my overall health. Moreover, yoga is less impactful on our body and joints than running or other popular exercise. What it does is increases both balance and flexibility. This is important throughout our lives but especially as we get older. We need to remain as limber as possible in case we do fall.
We all go off the wagon at different points in our life for various reasons. I’ve been that way with yoga and working out both. But my body always tells me when to get back in. Of course, the older I get, the sooner I get the message. For me, yoga is the perfect compromise for my overall well-being. Give Dixie’s videos a try. You may find that they are the perfect compromise for you too.]]>