I always cite Bruce Forsyth as a yoga hero of mine. You may be surprised! But given how full of song, dance and catchphrases he is even just shy of 90 years old, he must be a well of energy. His association with yoga goes back to when he met Wilnelia. She had been Miss Puerto Rico and then Miss World. She was almost 30 years his junior. To cut a long courtship short, dear readers, he married her. But not before his future mother-in-law, probably younger than Brucie, entrusted her daughter to him along with a book called the Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth.
It is a book well worth reading. It outlines a series of five exercises practised by Tibetan monks that kept them on their toes well into old age. Having read the book, Brucie began doing those exercises faithfully every morning together with following a moderate diet. His health, vitality and happy marriage are the fruits of this commitment.
My personal ‘fountain to eternal youth’ was The Ten-Point Way to Health by the Raja of Aundh. Every morning I spend probably at least 20 minutes doing Sun Salutations, lung, kidney, liver, spleen, thyroid and eye exercises followed by kabalaphati and passage meditation. It is so ingrained that I hate it when I am unable to do them.
It's not sporadic spurts of activity that work. It’s those 5 minutes, day in, day out, that become part of your daily routine that will make all the difference to your own personal fountain of vitality.
Caroline practises and teaches yoga in Glasgow Scotland and runs The Publishing Cupboard. She is the creator of the Nod off Series (where yoga meets grammar learning). If you want to get to grips with French, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese grammar, in a pain-free yogic way, visit www.nodoff.co.uk
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