On & Off The Mat – A Yoga Blog

by Christy DeBurton


Some of you may have heard me mention the year-long Yoga Wellness Educator training I am in the midst of taking. Although I’ve been teaching for over 20 years, there is always so much more to learn. This training is a great source of continuing education for me, especially because most of the classes are taught by physical therapists and doctors who also happen to be yoga instructors. I am excited to bring what I’m learning into my group yoga classes and private sessions, and am happy to report that at least one of my students has commented on all the new cues and concepts she notices me giving students to work on! 


Besides bringing new ideas into my yoga classes, I will also be sharing some learnings on my blog and Facebook page from time to time. I thought I’d start with the topic of balance, since it is something that gets more challenging as we age. 


Per one of my recent trainings, 7 things that can affect your balance as you get older are:

  • Changes in your inner ear
  • Infections
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Circulatory problems
  • Lower activity level
  • Poor leg alignment
  • Weak spinal muscles


Do any of these sound familiar to you? If they do, be kind to yourself when you practice balances and just do what you can. As I always say in class, even if you don’t hold the balance perfectly, just the effort you’re putting forth is making you stronger!


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