Yoga: You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

For years my chiropractor and my son have been telling me that Yoga would be good for me. My chiropractor actually gave me a video that stayed in a drawer until I managed to misplace it. It’s here somewhere…I’ll find it. Anyway, last year I was not focused on taking care of myself and as a result I had several major bouts of illness. This year I’m focusing on health and wellness and because many of you need to focus on it too, I’m sharing what I’m doing with you.

So far I’ve told you about the 5 Tips From Toddlers For A Healthier You and how you can have better joint health and less pain.

Today I’m going to tell you how this old dog is learning new tricks for flexibility and strength with Yoga.


No Excuses

  1. You have to be young to do Yoga. Truth–You can be young, old or anywhere in between. Many folks practice Yoga into their 90’s. There are even Yoga teachers who are 90+ Don’t believe me? Täo Porchon-Lynch teaches a 90-minute class in Hartsdale, N.Y. every Monday.
  2. It takes too much time.—20 to 30 minutes a day can make a big difference in the way you feel after practicing Yoga. If you don’t have 30 spare minutes I suggest you ask yourself how much longer you can continue at the pace you are going if you DON’T do something for your health and well-being.
  3. There’s no Yoga class close to where I live.–This was my excuse for a long time and then I realized I could either use the video my chiropractor gave me (if I could find it) or find a class on YouTube. I did some research and discovered Yoga With Adriene.

Commit to 30 Days of Yoga

30 days isn’t that long and Adriene (she’s young, cute and sweet) makes learning Yoga poses and routines easy and fun. I didn’t have a bit of trouble following along on Day 1 and Day 2. Day 3 had some challenging poses that I probably didn’t do very well but that’s okay, I’m trying. After 3 days my muscles are feeling the stretch and I’m really enjoying getting to know Adriene (even though she doesn’t know me). I feel so comfortable with her that I even made her this video and posted on YouTube on my channel (if you didn’t know I had a channel you can subscribe to it here).

I don’t know if Adriene will see it or not, or if she will read this article but if she does. Thanks, Adriene! You are teaching this old dog new tricks! Check out her Thirty Days of Yoga here.

The Benefits of Yoga

Why am I doing this? Why should YOU do this? According to the American Osteopathic Society,

  • Increased flexibility.
  • Increased muscle strength and tone.
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism.
  • Weight reduction.
  • Cardio and circulatory health.
  • Improved athletic performance.
  • Protection from injury

So what are you waiting for? Adriene and I are here and ready to help and encourage you!

I’d love to hear from you. Are you interested in improving your health? What are you steps are you taking to do so? Keep coming back to NanaHood for more articles about what I’m trying that you can do too!


  1. You’re singing my song. I’ve been doing yoga now for about three years, and I have had very little back trouble ever since. Yoga saved me from back surgery.

  2. Once again, ms T, you are absolutely on it! Yoga is for everybody. I’m proud of you!!!

  3. Thank you! You gave me the push I needed. I have been wanting to try yoga for some time, even having a Pinterest board for it, but just don’t get around to doing it. After reading this, I know I have to start and you have given me a good place to do that.

    Love your blog and will keep you posted on my progress!

  4. Rachel 18 Jan, 2017

    Way to go!!! You look very balanced!!! I am going to start too!

  5. teresak 18 Jan, 2017

    No, I’m definitely unbalanced, but as your mother….you knew that! Love you baby!

  6. teresak 18 Jan, 2017

    Awesome! I want to hear all about it Jeanne. You go girl!

  7. teresak 18 Jan, 2017

    Thanks, Kate. I’ve got a long way to go but you gotta start some where. One small step for womankind!

  8. teresak 18 Jan, 2017

    Good for you Cindy! That’s awesome!