How This 73-Year-Old Yoga Teacher Is Living His Best Life


♪♪ I’ve always been someone who has
been feeling an affinity, a connection to the ocean. To hear the water lapping,
to hear birds, it’s an experience that really,
really makes me feel just at peace. ♪♪ If you asked me
several years ago if I would become
a yoga teacher, I would have thought
you were crazy. Hi, everybody. Good afternoon.
Welcome. Good to see you all. I was a guidance counselor
from 1979 to 2006. I was, I think, 62 years old
when I retired. I found myself with lots of time
on my hands and less structured in my life. And I think I got a little bit
lazy, for lack of a better word. I was out walking the dog
one day, and I started to feel
some tightness in my chest, which I thought
was very unusual. And long story short,
I went to the doctor, and they determined that I had a
coronary blockage in an artery. I was scared.
I was 63 years old. I said, “I’m not ready
for this yet.” And it was a wake-up call that something needs to change
in my life. I started going to yoga classes
in the morning on the beach. During maybe about
three or four months, my weight went from about 235,
240 down to about 170, 175. And my cholesterol,
that was in excess of 225, and I got that down to 150. Energy level came up
dramatically. I just felt
just every way better. Living the dream,
I guess so, yeah. Yeah. [ Chuckles ] ♪♪ In Child’s Pose, gravity
is gonna take that spine and open it up a little more. So it’s almost like
you’re doing nothing and getting a benefit from it. It’s like getting paid
for doing nothing. We call that retirement. You retire from a career, but
you need to retire to something. Although you’re getting older, although maybe you’re
slowing down a little bit, you still have something
to give. Bring your hands together
through your heart and come back down to the floor. You’re imperfect. You are who you are, and that’s
the way it’s supposed to be. Awesome work, everyone. If you can sit down
and say that, you know, “I’m at peace at the beach,” or, “I’m at peace
walking on the trail,” then that’s — I think
that’s the guy who wins. ♪♪

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