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There is a part of yoga that feels like art, or creative self expression within and between each pose.  The pieces that I chose to wear only accentuate what already exists for me in my practice.

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Shavasana, or corpse pose, is the final pose of class, where integration occurs after the body has been active and engaged for an hour.  It is the most difficult pose, for to be still requires a meditative mind in a culture  that admires productivity.

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The practice of yoga encourages stretching and reaching beyond boundaries that I may or may not know exist.

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The rotation of this photo of child’s pose illustrates inversion, or turning oneself upside down on purpose.  Usually my life turns upside down by events beyond my control.  I have found that turning myself upside down by choice is beneficial, which by definition means the head is below the heart.  After all, I would like to involve my heart in all decisions.

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Child’s pose is surrender, to all that inhabits my mind on any given day.  I release distracting thoughts if only for the length of the pose, which helps me to remember how it feels to liberate myself from life’s obsessive pull, without fear, in my life off the mat.

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Yoga resembles the art of dance, with its lines and slow methodic movements, like moving through a room full of honey.

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Embellishments honor my love for a practice that has assisted my growth and expansion through life’s many transitions.  It helps me to remain humble and to accept the adjustments that come with aging.  It also provides an environment where I can see forward progress and evolution, even though I’m in the final phase of life.

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Satin slippers embrace my feet, as I ground myself to the floor, to the earth, and to all that has true meaning in life.

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Photos By Daniel

And so I leave the studio once again, only to return on another day, again, and again, and again.  For as long as my body, my brain, my mind and my spirit will allow.

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28 Comments

  1. This POST deserves an AWARD for BEAUTY!!!!!!!!!!
    The PHOTOS are STUNNING!
    YOUR OUTFIT……..those shoes……I covet them!
    Is it too late for me to start YOGA??54…….is my age now.
    Just so, BEAUTIFUL!

  2. These are magnificent! As are you! Something so French about these photos and your lovely ensemble. Inspiring as always, Judith!

  3. I LOVE YOUR RECENT POSTS!!!!! It is like you took a leap off the others and this is a whole new phase of writing They are profound and insightful and you illustrate your words with the beautiful photographs! A perfect collaboration!!!!!!!

  4. So lovely — you, your writing, and the photos. You inspire me to think about possibilities instead of losses in my final chapter of life.

  5. The photos are beautiful and in a way haunting. Only a couple of years behind you in age, I have just started a series of Gentle Yoga videos that were developed by Margaret Manning for her fabulous community Sixty & Me.
    I am still hoping that one day, you will publish a book based on your Style Crone blog. Any thoughts about that?

  6. Beautiful photos and prose, Judith. I love the analogies of yoga and life. I use the corpse pose to fall asleep most nights, and to slow down my anxious thoughts. Thank you for this post! xox

  7. Thank you for sharing this visual and spiritual beauty. You are an inspiring lady of class, poise and inner brilliance that shines outward. I adore you.
    xo

  8. Hi LA Contessa, It’s never too late to start! I started in my 60’s and have never turned back. Finding a class that’s comfortable is all that’s necessary. Have fun and thanks for your comment!

  9. You never cease to amaze me- you are astounding! Please continue- I love , love, love getting your photos.
    If you celebrate Christmas, my with for you is peace, joy and much happiness through the holidays and the New Year.

  10. There is something so RIGHT about your whole relationship to the universe in your lovely yoga photos. I’m especially taken with the idea of grounding oneself through satin slippers. Of course!

  11. Not only are you beautiful in these photos, Judith, you are also inspiring. It’s obvious from your posts that Yoga has been a great benefit to you on many levels, so I’m going to make inquiries to see if I can find a Yoga teacher that can work with my Cerebral Palsy. That photo of you in your lovely skirt stretching to reach those beautiful slippers speaks volumes!

    Alicia
    spashionista.com

  12. Everytime I see yoga I think to myself “I should do that too”. And it stops there. Having many oblogations in life means I have to choose. But you look wonderful in all these poses. Indeed art. And apparently it makes you very flexible in more than one way.
    Greetje

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  14. Eloquently written, as always Judith. I will go into my next practice with greater appreciation. I so clearly remember my first yoga classes. My Mom and I registered together for a class at the local YMCA. I was probably about 15 years old. Although I never completely dropped yoga, there were definitely periods that my practice took a back seat. Over the past several years, I’ve come to fully appreciate how important my practice is to me. Even if I do only simple stretches followed by shavasana, I feel nurtured on so many levels.

    Namaste!

  15. What a beautiful yoga post. All dressed up for yoga. I liked it. I read the previous comment on a book of your blog. A splendid idea! You are inspiring
    and continue to inspire me.

  16. Ok, how are you possibly that flexible?! Incredible photos! I adore the fact that you wear vintage dresses to parties and I especially love the red velvet slippers – gorgeous!
    I, too, appreciate anything vintage – it’s just so much more fun and interesting, and the hunt is my favorite part. Lovely!

    Cherie
    http://www.stylenudge.com

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