Yin Yoga with Katrin Elia on ZOOM (Let Yoga come to you!)

NOTE: Yoga is a great way to unwind in these anxious days of staying home and worrying about the state of thee world and our own health. My yoga teacher, Katrin Elia, is a strong believer in the power of yoga, so she and her husband re-created her classes that I take with ZOOM. (Photos from the Internet)

This is the cover of a book I reviewed several years ago by Suza Francina, who I met in Ojai, CA a few years ago. Both of us were familiar with yoga teacher Michael Volin. (See P.S. below) Link to the review:



This year marks my 50th year of being introduced to yoga. My (ex) husband and I were living in Suffern, NY and my friend, Diane, told me about the class. The teacher, Michael Volin, was from Russia and considered the father of yoga in Australia. I loved to hear  his voice, with his lilting accent, especially when he said, over and over, “Love your body,” but it came out more like, Love your “buody.” Because of this teacher, who was probably in his late 50s when I met him, but had the body of a man half his age (see photo in link below), I became a vegetarian. I thought I would never surpass this yoga  experience, but doing yin yoga with Katrin on ZOOM is just as exciting! (Go to katrineliayoga.com and fill out the Contact form.)

We have the opportunity to see our “classmates,” and sometimes Katrin, who is from Europe, invites friends from Switzerland or other countries where she has personal friends. So we have an International yoga class! And the focus is on holding the pose for three-five minutes. This is called Yin Yoga and as Katrin pointed out, once in the pose, the mind takes over and you have the meaning of yoga, which means union. I find yin yoga very relaxing, with the benefits of a good stretch and flexibility the asanas (poses) bring.



If you want to join in with ZOOM, go to her website, www.katrineliayoga.com and sign on! Her schedule shows several times for different kinds of yoga, not just yin, and the cost is $15.00 per class. (You need to add ZOOM to your computer.)

You will love your body after her class!

P.S. I Googled Michael Volin and came up with a great link about his life:

www.agelessyoga.com.au/pdf/volin.pdf. However, I could not retrieve the article with the link, so I just looked up his name and added yoga teacher to it.





Two books for September: Book One on Yoga

September is National Yoga Month, back-to-school month, and the first anniversary (earlier this month) of Joan Rivers’ untimely death. She was also a grandmother  andNational Grandparents’ Day was Sept. 13th, so I wanted to post the review in Sept. So here are three books to cover these three topics, one today and two tomorrow:

In April of this year, we went to Ojai as part of our visit to family on the West Coast. I met with Suza Francina, who started learning and teaching yoga back in the 1970s, when I took my first yoga class. In her home is a yoga wall where she teaches, as well as at a local yoga center, The Ojai Yoga Center, which Suza calls her “living laboratory.” She gave me a review copy of her best-selling book, The New Yoga for People Over 50.

This book delivers exactly what the subtitle states: “A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife and Older Beginners.” As Suza notes in the Foreword, “One has to accept changes in body function as a natural part of life,” and “Daily practice of yoga will keep old age at bay.” And my first yoga teacher, Michael Volin, the father of Australian yoga (and someone both of us knew), stated that if you keep your spine supple, you will keep your body young and flexible. Thus, while we are accepting the changes in our bodies, we can still stay supple with yoga. And I can attest to that!

The many photos are accompanied by statements from older yoga teachers that Suza incorporates into this all-encompassing guide to yoga for anyone, but especially for older people who may be new to yoga. In the photos you can also see many props that allow almost anyone interested in flexibility to accomplish the poses.

Here are some of the chapter titles that will help you see how comprehensive this book really is:

Sample chapter titles:  “Our Changing View of Aging,” “How Yoga Slows Down and Reverses the Aging Process,” and “Yoga for Feet and Knees Over 50. Perhaps the most important chapters for this website are Chapters 6-8, “Yoga: A Reliable Companion During Menopause,” “Weight Bearing Yoga Postures Help Prevent Osteoporosis,”
Yoga Techniques to Prevent or Overcome Arthritis.”

I read every chapter, because each one taught me something new about my my body, mind, and heart vis-à-vis yoga. As Suza notes in Chapter 9, “Opening the Heart with Yoga,” our hearts are where body, mind, and spirit converge. There aren’t oo many exercise routines that will do that!

Suza is a hands-on yoga teacher, as the picture below, where she (on the left) is holding/stretching the arms of an older student. Also, as Suza herself grows older, I believe she is more in tune with older bodies, staying in touch with her own body through teaching and practicing yoga.

This book is my #1 recommendation for older people who want to stay flexible. The heavy use of props, the stories of older yoga teachers and students, the photos, the topics geared for our aging bodies, are all helpful. If you have been fearful of trying yoga, read this book and your confidence will soar as you view men and women in their 80s doing yoga. (Most of the props are straps, pillows and bolsters, but another person(s) can also work as a prop.)

I cannot say enough about this book. It has opened my old-yoga eyes to using more props than I had previously considered. And the health information about menopause, osteoporosis, and arthritis warrants its reading and buying to have as your companion when exploring yoga over 50.   Suzi is the author of five other books, and her writing is clear and easy-to-read.

Google the title to buy on Amazon or go to the publishers website (Health Communications, Inc.) www.hcibooks.com. There are 286 pages with a pre ponderous of photos. The costis only $13.95, less than yoga class!

P.S. In 2007 I reviewed another of Suza’s books, Yoga and the Wisdom Menopause. Here is the link: https://www.menupause.info/archives/188.

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