How to live, love, laugh and last a lifetime.
Our culturally accepted beliefs and expectations about what aging looks like are not hard-set rules any of us need to follow.
A Life Unleashed
This course is for you if you would like to understand your own body’s aging process better, and help others discover how to live in harmony with the agelessness of their soul.
It will allow you to step into a way of living in the world that will quite literally slow the aging process down, and allow you to more fully embrace a deeper spiritual context for aging that will expand your experience beyond what you’ve been led to expect.
Natural practices from the three wisdom traditions, namely yoga, meditation and ayurveda are interpreted in Healthy Ageing as Chair Yoga, Nidra and Mindfulness, and Ayurveda, making Shanti Yoga accessible to support the older person and for people who might otherwise miss out, to remain empowered and independent for as long as possible. The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
The Coming of Age
At the end of the day, life care is aged care.
Aging is a lifelong, natural, powerful process that unites us all. It is part of the cycle of life and contains many blessings. Yet our society often fails to provide a viable model for helping people see all the potential they have in their later years. As a result, you may find yourself without a meaningful vision around making the most of what can be a very beautiful, healthy and purpose-filled stage of life.
Conscious aging is so much more than improving your physical health, mental acuity and longevity. It includes elevating your spiritual and emotional wellbeing according to the stage of life you are experiencing.
Ayurveda: a powerful pathway for being relevant
Many people think that Yoga is a strong, demanding physical practice, and older adults especially express delight at finding classes to suit their physical capabilities as well as meet their desire to be healthy and happy.
The Yogic path offers wisdom that supports an empowering vision for conscious aging in today's world - one that is infused with vitality, passion and purpose, as well as continual growth, radiant health and service to the world. journey, and the destination. It's practice is not athletic in nature - even though the vast majority of yoga is being taught that way today. Holding yourself accountable is one of the foundation principles of success.
The beauty of Shanti Yoga is that it unfolds gradually, organically, and at each person's own pace. As you attune to your body’s wisdom, you begin to access deeper levels of vitality, relaxation, and resilience that can serve you both on and off the mat.
A yoga practice can help you improve with age. It does not have to be taxing in order for it to be dynamic. On the contrary, yoga can meet you where you are, in all stages of life. Shantiji has authored this accessible, empowering approach to yoga specifically tailored to a pain-free range of motion and in celebration of ageing. More than a modified 'gentle yoga' course, this course is designed to address the needs of all participants. It promotes better neck, back and hip alignment based on the unique needs of seniors by offering numerous asana modifications - from chair-only, to chair supported, to mat, depending upon whether the student is fit or sedentary.
As a yoga health educator, you can make an enormous difference teaching seniors whose lives are currently limited by stiffness, pain and fear. Yoga is a promising intervention towards better breathing and therefore increased energy. Yoga has one of the lowest barriers to entry of any exercise that improves balance. It increases mobility and improved balance, thereby reducing the risk and fear of falling for older adults.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention report that one in three adults older than 65 years will fall, and each year, in that demographic, falls are the leading cause of injury, debilitation and death. Evan if it does not lead to injury, a fall can lead the person to fear falling again. This fear in turn causes then to limit activities, which leads to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, which in turn increases the actual risk of falling. A classic vicious cycle.
Mindfulness provides useful training in increasing emotional intelligence and mental strength for work and life. The training pivots around attentive breathing and being present, not being on autopilot. This increases calmness, mental clarity and an inner compass for managing the wave of overwhelm. it enables one to centre and be grounded in difficult situations, and leads to a clear, joyful mind, better able to deal with personal and global challenges.
The Celebration of Age
Whether you’re a baby boomer, an elder, or someone who works with older people, Transforming Aging is designed for anyone looking to be empowered around the aging process. Our amazing and dynamic mentors and presenters will help you experience your full potential as you grow into the later chapters of your life.
Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.
Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography
Travel with Shanti & Peter Gowans this November for a trip of a lifetime.