Adults 50+ Division Takes off!

By now you have heard that USA Yoga is rebranding the Senior Division to the more descriptive title Adult 50+. This is great news for our Division which includes anyone who turns 50 in the next competition year and those wise yogis who are already age 50 and older.

The Pure Om Fairfax Competition Team Adult 50+ athletes have been busy this summer – first, preparing for Nationals (where competitor Thomas Forbang took the Bronze medal), and now, preparing for the 2018 competition season. During the summer, we continued to meet regularly to give each other constructive feedback on our routines, and everyone has kept up a daily yoga practice. We mixed it up this summer with other forms of yoga as well: Vinyasa, Barre and Yin. These other practices have helped us to build strength, flexibility and balance, which gets even more important as we age.

We also have taken advantage of new perspectives. For example, we visited Bikram Yoga Alexandria to take a class with fellow competitor Zoha Vaezi followed by a Spine Twisting Posture Lab with competitor Jenifer Ruschell.  We have tried different Bikram studios when we have travelled to such far flung places as Paris, Amsterdam, Japan, New Orleans, New Haven, and New York City.

Our hard work has not gone unnoticed! Another senior competitor, Yoko Jackson, has stepped forward to join our team to prepare for 2018!  She has already begun training with us.

I asked my fellow seniors what drives them to compete. We all agreed that having a goal in mind helps take our practice to new levels. Balance, strength, flexibility, and breath only benefit us as we age. Individual perspectives were interesting too!

Our newest team member, Yoko, said she is excited to join us because she loves a new challenge.  She is a great addition to our team with her beautiful practice and enthusiasm. Nahoko Nakayama joined our team for the 2017 competition season, and she commented: “I just want to enjoy!” And she did, because her mother, sister and niece travelled all the way from Japan to cheer her on at Nationals!

Seasoned competitor Thomas Forbang said: “I’m excited and looking forward to another display on stage. I’m getting my body ready to serve my community.” Thomas’ wife and twins were in the audience to witness his third Nationals competition.

And as for me? I am also getting excited for the 2018 competition season which will be bigger and better than ever for our Division. I believe aging is a new opportunity. Don’t let your mind get in the way of what your body can do! If you want to learn more about opportunities for yogis in the Adult 50+ Division, reach out to me at [email protected] or follow my twitter feed @yogaisageless.

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